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Policy and Legislative Manager

Position:                          Policy and Legislative Manager

Salary:                            $75,000-$85,000 per year

Status:                            Full-Time position

Reports to:                      Policy and Campaign Director

The Policy and Legislative Manager is responsible for leading analysis and research to advance California Calls Policy agenda and campaigns, and building internal and external alignment among staff, anchors and partners.  The Policy and Legislative Manager reports to the Policy and Campaign Director, and works closely with the program staff, California Calls anchors and strategic partners to deepen understanding and alignment around our Long Term Agenda, facilitate decision making on positions and campaigns, and organize anchors and partners to engage in campaign strategies and tactics.

Responsibilities:

Manages Research and Policy Analysis:

  • Leads analysis, tracking and advocacy of policies related to California Calls Reform Principles and Agenda, including pending legislation, the formulation of new bills, and ballot initiatives: such as Voting Reforms, Equitable Funding for Safety Net Programs, Redistricting, and Progressive Revenue
  • Conduct policy, legislative and campaign research
  • Consistently track the state legislative landscape around key issue policy areas
  • Develops written analyses (memos, fact sheets) and presentations of findings into powerpoint presentations to build understanding and alignment with California Calls anchors and partners
  • Apply California Calls analytical tools to shape decisions around campaign priorities and power building strategies including:  Power Analysis, Reform Criteria, Social Change Spectrum, WorldView/Narrative Analysis, Motive Force Analysis

Coalition Building and Campaign Implementation:

  • Provides leadership in the development and implementation of California Calls policy priorities and advocacy work
  • Manages California Calls policy and campaign committees
  • Represent California Calls on coalitions, committees, meetings and alliances on policy specific issue areas
  • Provide training materials and conduct training as needed of staff and member organizations on California Calls policy priorities
  • Establish relationships with state lawmakers and allies to influence policy making
  • Assists in the organizing, activation, and coordination of anchors and allies to engage in campaign activities

Organizational Leadership:

  • Effective project management, including developing plans, monitoring project costs, and ensuring goals are met
  • Evaluates progress, identifies patterns and problem areas, and implements effective solutions to increase efficiency
  • Provides leadership in building internal synergy and coordination between California Calls components; thinks and acts in the best interest of the organization
  • Inspires and motivates staff, anchors and partners to perform at their best and collaboratively

Qualifications and Skills:

  • B.A. or graduate degree in public policy, community organizing or related field preferred but not required
  • Formal training and professional experience in organizing preferred but not required.
  • A strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the needs of low-income communities in California.
  • Rigorous commitment to accuracy, strong analytic and writing skills, ability to work on multiple tasks.
  • Computer skills:  strong knowledge of word processing, powerpoint and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations, communities, and cultures.
  • Prior knowledge and experience of voting reforms, redistricting, criminal justice reform, tax and fiscal policies or state government legislative processes and budgeting is a plus.

    People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply. Please submit cover letter and resume to Melinda Ealy, mealy@calicalls.org.

Policy & Campaigns Manager (California Black Power Network)

Organizational Overview
We are excited to launch the California Black Power Network, as we continue to build Black political power and create deep, systemic change to impact the lived realities of Black people in California. The network is composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state, and will aim to create measurable increases in the capacity of participating Black-led organizations, encourage growth and collaboration within the ecosystem of Black-led organizations across the state, and develop substantial, measurable progress in key issue areas. As we launch and grow this new organization, we are looking for an Organizing Director to build and grow with us while driving the training, organizing and power building efforts of our network as we combat systemic, anti-Black racism. 

Whether it is homelessness and gentrification, mass incarceration and criminalization, deep educational inequities, rampant health disparities, the widening economic and wealth inequality gap, tax policy inequities — Black communities across California are disproportionately impacted. At the heart of these conditions is persistent and enduring systemic and anti-Black racism. A key question is what will make this moment different in addressing the longstanding issues of systemic and anti-Black racism. The Organizing Director will be pivotal in helping transform the energy that swept the country during last year’s wave of protest and uprising into real policy and systems change. 

We are building off of two of California Calls’ projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) that worked over the last five years to increase the capacities and power of local and regional Black-led and/or serving grassroots organizations to address the problems of systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The California Black Power Network will be incubated under California Calls until we spin off as an independent organization. Not only will the Policy & Campaigns Manager have a direct role in leading and driving the network’s clear, bold, and impactful policy agenda for structural change, but the candidate will also have ample room for growth and opportunities to help shape and develop our growing organization to ensure our organizational culture is effective and in alignment with the values and principles of our movement.

Position Description
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Policy & Campaigns Manager will serve as a critical member of the team, driving research, analysis, and policy and campaign development with our network partners across the state to achieve network goals. This position will be pivotal in developing policy analysis, solutions and campaigns to impact systemic change in the material conditions, lived experience and quality of life of Black people and communities. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in research, legislative tracking, policy analysis and development, electoral and advocacy campaign planning, and project management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Drive the development of a clear and coherent long term Black policy agenda in coordination with staff, leadership body, and network partners.
  2. Coordinate policy and campaign research and development to advance the network’s policy priorities and long term agenda.
  3. Oversee and execute research, analysis and tracking of policies related to the network’s Black agenda, including pending legislation, the formulation of new bills, and ballot initiatives.
  4. Inform and support coalition engagement and technical assistance to develop a long term Black agenda and yearly policy priorities, and to successfully develop and implement policy campaign plans.
  5. Oversee and execute the development of written analyses (memos, fact sheets, reports, etc.) and graphic presentations of findings and recommendations.
  6. Coordinate policy related meetings and activities (i.e. meetings with policy makers, ally meetings), develop and sustain relationships with key allies and policy makers, and participation in key coalition spaces to inform and advance the network’s long term and short term policy priorities.
  7. Coordinate with the senior leadership team to develop and manage budgets in support of policy and campaign needs.
  8. Lead the development of reports and analysis to evaluate progress toward policy goals, inform advocacy and campaign priorities and strategies, and support funder reporting as needed.
  9. Lead the recruitment, management and development of policy, research and campaign staff, and consultants and vendors as needed, to support growing analysis, research and campaign needs.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. 3-5 years of experience in social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships).
  2. Experience in developing and leading policy agenda development, conducting policy analysis, and research.
  3. Experience working with community-based organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.
  4. Experience in planning, developing, and implementing strategic and tactical campaigns.
  5. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing and executing electoral, advocacy and lobbying campaigns.
  6. Experience in developing research and analysis to inform policy and campaign priorities.
  7. Prior knowledge and experience in public policy and local and state government legislative processes.
  8. Experience in developing and leading training and convenings in support of advocacy campaigns.
  9. Previous experience in a project or program management role.
  10. Experience in team management or coordination.
  11. Experience in organizing and coalition building is preferred, but not required.
  12. Commitment to social justice, and knowledge and experience in working with Black communities in California.
  13. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  14. Computer skills: strong knowledge of Word, Excel,  PowerPoint and their Google Suite equivalents.
  15. Excellent writing, verbal communications, presentation, and analytical skills.

Employee Compensation, Benefits and Perks

  • Salary range: $70,000-85,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Full-time remote work under COVID-19 protocols 
  • Flexible work schedule when normal operations resume
  • Eligibility to participate in 401(K) Plan
  • Paid vacation based on years of service; sick, family and medical leaves in accordance with California laws
  • Eligibility for pre-tax flexible spending plan (FSA) for health care, child care, and public transit commuter expenses
  • Group term life insurance
  • Staff development opportunities 

General Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid registration.
  • No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.

Please submit cover letter and resume to mealy@calicalls.org

Job Description: Data and Tech Coordinator

California Calls is an alliance of 30 dynamic local community-based organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting policy change that strikes at the root causes of poverty, inequality and oppression. We are a pioneer in “Integrated Voter Engagement,” which combines statewide on-going voter engagement, state-of-the-art technology, and neighborhood-based community organizing to make sure who votes in California reflects who lives in California. By organizing the power of the people locked out of decision-making, building strategic alliances, and waging structural policy battles, we are shaping a new future for California based on justice and equality.

We Are:
● Strategic, bold and innovative. We set ambitious goals and consistently experiment to shape a new blueprint to achieve justice.
● Democratic from the bottom up – our mission centers building the power of poor and working people and the leadership of our local partners
● Rigorous and disciplined to evaluate our progress and scale our power
● Fiercely committed to social, economic and racial justice

We’re looking for a Data and Tech Coordinator who can join our team to support the development and implementation of cutting-edge data and technology strategies to advance long-term base building and voter analysis engagement and analysis. The Coordinator will work with the Infrastructure Manager to ensure the efficient execution of civic engagement programs, experimentation with new civic engagement and organizing tools, and technical assistance for CA Calls’ Field Staff and Anchor organizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Support with the management of California Calls’ Integrated Voter Engagement Database and Systems using PDI
    a. Do voter analysis to create target voter universes, with support of the Infrastructure Manager
    b. Create phonebank, walk canvassing, and texting universes and projects in PDI
    c. Develop reporting and evaluation systems of our civic engagement programs
  2. Manage texting, relational organizing and other digital and tech tools.
  3. Provide Technical Assistance to California Calls’ Anchor organizations
    a. Assist in training and crafting systems for staff and Anchors to use the voter database to do analysis, outreach, and manage data.
    b. Develop and produce shareable training materials and curriculum on voter contact tools and data management
  4. Help develop innovative strategies to contact voters and activists.
    a. Help identify digital organizing tools and strategies to build an activist base.
    b. Stay current on landscape of field tools and technologies;
    c. Work with staff and Anchors to research and test innovations.
  5. Assist with the development and implementation of effective Field Tech support systems and trainings
  6. Assist with and evaluate tech systems to address immediate issues and improve systems for the long term

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
● Minimum experience of 2 years or 3 electoral campaigns assisting with voter engagement data
● Experience with Quantitative Analysis AND Voter Data management (using PDI or VAN)
● Strong commitment to California Calls’ mission and to social justice with experience on racial and economic justice campaigns.
● Valid California driver’s license and access to reliable transportation for travel to off-site meetings and events. A vehicle used for work must be legally registered and insured.

SKILLS
● Experience with organizing and campaigns — applying data management and analysis
● Experience with computer-based and mobile voter engagement technologies
● Advanced proficiency with sheets and report creation.
● Able to work and communicate with people from economic, geographic, and culturally diverse backgrounds and put their needs above how things might “normally” be done

QUALITIES
● Extreme attention to detail
● Excellent work management and long-term planning skills
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills

DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
● Experience using SQL, along with Python, R, Julia, or any other data analysis tools.
● Familiarity with SMS-based and/or relational voter contact tools.
● Experience/ comfort with Network set-up, tech support

SALARY & BENEFITS
$65,000 Annually (DOE). Generous benefits including medical, dental, paid vacation, flexible work
schedule. This position is full-time and based in Los Angeles. No later than the first day of employment
must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States
for Form I-9.

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.
Email resume, cover letter, and three references to Melinda Ealy – mealy@calicalls.org