Advancement Project,

Policy Analyst Strategic Initiatives

11 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

• This is currently a work-from-home position; however, APCA will shift to a hybrid workplace model once it is safe to do so.

Who We Are

Advancement Project California (APCA) champions the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools, and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation. Rooted in the historic struggle for racial and economic equality, Advancement Project California envisions a world where all communities have equitable access to public resources and opportunities to thrive. The California office’s primary program teams are Educational Equity, Equity in Community Investments, and Political Voice.

Position Summary:

Strategic Initiatives is a program team within APCA that works on projects that cut across multiple issue areas. One of the Strategic Initiatives team’s key projects is Bold Vision, which is a multi-year, multi-sector initiative where APCA works with community organizations through LA County to create a better, more equitable systems for BIPOC youth of color. Another key project is Race Counts, which is an online tool that tracks racial disparities in California across seven issue areas (Crime & Justice, Democracy, Economic Opportunity, Education, Health Care Access, Healthy Built Environment, and Housing), and a strategic platform that centers racial equity in policy campaigns to reinvent public systems.

Other examples of OSI’s work include:

· Reimagining Traffic Safety & Bold Political Leadership in Los Angeles

· Race and COVID-19: Community-Based Rapid Response System

The Policy Analyst (“Analyst”) will report directly to the Associate Director of Strategic initiatives. The successful candidate will work in partnership with community-based organizations to support advocacy campaigns that advance racial and economic equity and reflect community priorities statewide, with a particular focus on Los Angeles County. This position will include, but is not limited to, the following work:

· Conducting extensive research and analysis on public policy issues that relate to racial and economic equity;

· Developing campaign strategies and tactics and recognizing political opportunities

· Building relationships with key stakeholders including partner community-based organizations and government officials and staff;

· Making a case for change by identifying persuasive facts and crafting compelling messages and delivering them to target audiences.

The successful applicant must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, documented project management skills and experience overseeing multiple streams of work at the same time, a record of involvement in racial justice/systems change campaigns, ability to engage with local government decision-making processes, and be self-motivated, flexible, and skilled at fostering creative and collaborative spaces.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Support strategic development of policy agenda in consultation with Strategic Initiatives team leadership and community partners through research and advocacy.

· Provide policy research and analytical support for the Strategic Initiatives team in the exploration of new issue areas, campaigns, and products.

· Draft and edit presentation and communication (both internal and external) materials including slide decks, memoranda, policy and research briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, substantive emails, and reports;

· Track and monitor state and local legislative motions, bills, policies, campaigns, and governmental processes;

· Serve as a liaison and provide support for relationship development and engagement with community partners, elected officials and their staff, and other strategic allies. This would include:

o Supporting the Strategic Initiatives team’s efforts to work in collaboration with community-based organizations and coalitions, analyze political opportunities, and develop winning campaign plans and strategies;

o Supporting strategic relationship development with a broad array of policy, research, community-based stakeholders, relevant government staff, and political leadership, including scheduling and follow up with partner requests for presentations and meetings;

o Working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that there is a clear understanding of project expectations, deliverables, and progress toward achieving grant milestones;

· Provide logistical support for the Strategic Initiatives team including providing support for the Race Counts Steering Committee; supporting virtual and in-person meetings, webinars, convenings, and presentations; coordinating scheduling; providing technical support; taking notes; conducting policy presentations; preparing materials and reports for meetings; and completing post-event follow-up items;

· Support project implementation for current and emerging APCA cross-programmatic efforts;

· Provide support for and contribute ideas in team strategic brainstorming sessions;

· Provide logistical coordination between the Strategic Initiatives team and other APCA programmatic areas and central capacity teams (e.g. Communications and Research & Data Analysis);

· Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as needed, and ensure adherence to Advancement Project goals and policies within the Strategic Initiatives team

To apply

Please email with subject “SI Application” and cover letter, resume and a policy-related writing sample in one PDF attachment titled last_name_first_name_osi.pdf (e.g., Jimenez_Jorge_si.pdf) to:

Jorge Jimenez
Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration

Interview Process
• Phone interview with hiring manager
• Two panel interviews (via Zoom)
• Reference Checks

Advancement Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.