Public Policy and Organizing Manager
About the League
The mission of the League of Women Voters of California is to empower voters and defend democracy. We are a small, but mighty team, with an engaged network of volunteers across the state who are integral to the work we do. We work on policy issues that include voting rights/democracy, racial justice, criminal justice reform, climate change, housing/homelessness, and other priority policy areas as determined by our members. Simultaneously, we have a robust voter/government engagement program designed to counter mis/disinformation across the state, give voters trustworthy and reliable information, and increase engagement of people in government and election turnout, particularly in historically under-resourced and youth communities.
About the Position
This position is located anywhere in California. The Public Policy and Organizing Manager reports to the Deputy Director and is a driving force in policy related partnerships, coalitions, volunteer engagement, advocacy communications, policy analysis, community education, community organizing/engagement, and keeps the policy team running like a well-oiled machine.
The Public Policy and Organizing Manager will work on a broad scope of policy issues in California which includes (but is not limited to) voting rights/democracy, housing/homelessness, criminal legal system reform, and climate change, developing expertise in selected areas and on select bills.
Our Ideal Candidate
This is not an entry level position. The person in this role has a passion for justice, for righting wrongs in our systems, building equity, building power, and can see and work on issues through an intersectional equity lens. Ideally you have a working knowledge of the California elections landscape and election policy. You must be comfortable working with people from all walks of life and be a continuous collaborator with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders. The Public Policy and Organizing Manager understands community organizing and engagement, and creates and executes organizing and engagement efforts designed to increase community understanding of critical issues, train community advocates, engage and inform local Leagues, engage and inform the public to help achieve policy and engagement goals.
Our ideal candidate will bring a background in advocacy and community organizing. You understand how the California state government works and are comfortable (and ideally have experience) working with legislative staff, government officials, and diverse civil rights/advocacy partners. You are highly organized and detail oriented, able to keep multiple projects and priorities organized. You are excellent at communicating and collaborating with your supervisor, while also being a good manager who can effectively recruit, coach and mentor. You are a talented writer and can distill complicated ideas into understandable messages.
You understand that while our work may seem wonky and technical at times, it is deeply rooted in the human experience and advancing justice and equity. You encourage the organization to take bold action and bring innovative organizing and education ideas to life.
The Public Policy and Organizing Manager will:
- Organize and administer all support of the Legislation Committee
- Manage legislative tracking and reporting protocols
- Coordinate with volunteer members of our advocacy team to provide training and resources to maximize their impact.
- Complete quarterly FPPC lobbying reports and any required campaign finance reporting
- Monitor LWVC advocacy issue area interest groups
- Represent the League and League positions in assigned legislative coalitions, spearheading and executing the work involved for the League (aside from direct lobbying), which may include developing public education/engagement messaging, assisting in development of visual collateral, writing and sending Action Alerts, leveraging partner provided information and providing our resources to partners, executing Tweet Storms, and other tactics that will help develop to drive success
- Have or develop a deep knowledge of voting rights laws and voting practice in CA, develop and maintain relationships with the Secretary of State office, develop and maintain relationships with county Registrars of Voters
- Guide development of voter education materials
- Recruit, manage, coach, and mentor the Trudy Schafer Public Policy Fellow annually,
- Structure and manage a robust policy and voter education internship program,
- Create and execute organizing and community education strategies around issue areas.
- Oversee and administer the Future of California Elections Network (FoCE).
- Assist in grant funded projects such as Voter’s Edge and the Easy Voter Guide as needed.
- Provide administrative support to the Deputy Director as needed.
- Other duties as assigned
Compensation: $25-28 an hour commensurate with experience. The League provides a generous PTO package and contribution toward the employee’s workplace health insurance plan (medical, dental, vision), a 2% contribution to employer sponsored retirement plan, life insurance, and monthly work from home expense reimbursement.
Work Situation: The League is operating in a fully remote environment, as such, you will work remotely on an ongoing basis. There will be times when in-person work is necessary including meetings in Sacramento, visits to the Capitol, etc. as public health guidelines permit. You are expected to generally be available and working during typical business hours, though some after-hours meetings will be required and your daily schedule will be adjusted to accommodate those.
To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume in word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Public Policy Manager in the email subject line. Candidates who are invited back for a second interview will be asked to provide professional references and a writing sample.
We will be recruiting for this position until it is filled. As such, we will be contacting qualified candidates on a rolling basis to schedule next steps.
The League of Women Voters of California strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Please read our DE&I policy and principles here: https://lwvc.org/about-lwvc/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-principles-vision