Coordinator/Analyst, Public Policy
About Southern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California:
Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) is a membership association where our region’s philanthropic leaders come together to learn, connect, and take action. Our mission is to champion effective philanthropy and advance collaborative efforts to create meaningful change in our communities. SCG connects grantmakers through sector-wide conferences, trainings, and networking opportunities—providing support and leadership for collaboration on projects and for action on public policy issues. SCG currently brings together 300+ members who represent the spectrum of philanthropy, including foundations, family philanthropy, corporate giving, consultants to philanthropy, and government grantmakers. We also co-lead Philanthropy California, an initiative of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), and Catalyst of San Diego (CSD) whose combined membership represents more than 600 philanthropic organizations investing billions every year to support communities across the state, the country, and worldwide.
Over the past several years, SCG’s size and scope have grown dramatically. We have reorganized and expanded so we can deepen and strengthen our impact in the ways that our members and partners are seeking: more intersectional issue-based programming and professional development that helps funders take bold action for equitable and just impacts in communities; robust, nimble action on policy and advocacy; convening and facilitating collaborations and partnerships; and investing in our own sustainability and capacity to lead as an organization with racial justice at the center.
Under the direct supervision of the Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations, the Coordinator/Analyst provides legislative research, policy analysis, mission planning, written reports, legislative updates, and support for the Public Policy & Government Relations and Philanthropy California team. The Coordinator/Analyst will play a key role in executing public policy strategy and contributing to the overall success of the organization. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate seeking increased responsibility and exposure as compared to an entry-level public policy position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Draft policy issue briefs, position papers, articles for SCG’s Public Policy Round-up, correspondence with public policy makers, and analysis of proposed legislation or regulations.
- Monitor the status of public policy priorities, including legislative and administrative actions, utilizing online legislative research, and attending and reporting on legislative hearings, mark-ups, and coalition meetings.
- Assist in planning the annual Washington, DC, and Sacramento, CA advocacy trips for SCG members, Philanthropy CA, and community leaders.
- Research policy issues and serve as lead on key domestic policy issues, including health and human services, social services, and safety net programs.
- Maintain up-to-date awareness and deep knowledge of relevant legislative initiatives and policy developments.
- Program planning includes content development and logistical coordination such as speaker confirmation, meeting spaces and other administrative duties. In addition, drafting and preparing materials such as talking points, policy papers, biographies, and additional background information for participants.
- Gathers background and research on state legislation.
- Represents organization through direct interaction with membership on state legislative issues.
- Support planning and execution of internal and external meetings and events including invitations, registration lists, and other logistics.
- Work with other SCG, Northern California Grantmakers, and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial County staff in collaboration on Philanthropy CA initiatives.
- Provides support for the Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations including managing stakeholder requests, and other tasks as needed.
- All other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements: Candidates with 3+ years of public policy experience will be considered for the Coordinator position.
- Self-motivated, hardworking, creative problem solver with ability to prioritize under multiple deadlines and follow through in all areas of responsibility.
- Commitment to racial justice.
- Exceptional proofreading, editing, writing and verbal communication skills with strong emphasis on public policy analysis.
- Multitasker able to handle complex projects in a fast-paced environment, requiring ability to effectively prioritize and respond to support relationships with senior level decision-makers.
- Team-oriented individual who seeks out tasks when work is completed and assists colleagues to ensure goals, requirements and deadlines are achieved.
- An attitude of “no job is too small” and an attention to detail that ensures rewarding experiences and outcomes for supporters and other stakeholders.
- Technologically savvy with superior Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.
- Discretion in dealing with sensitive information related to strategy.
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, history, journalism, communications, or related degree. This requirement can be waived with candidates who have demonstrated experience in public affairs, including but not limited to legislative offices, advocacy and community organizing.
- Previous professional experience, including internships, in a federal or state legislative and executive offices, public affairs firm, local government, and/or advocacy organizations.
- Experience with the following applications or software:
- Adobe InDesign
- Zoom Meetings and Zoom webinar
- Professional social media experience and/or graphic design skills a plus.
Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) is an equal opportunity employer. SCG is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to color, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Coordinator, Public Policy. No phone calls please.
Job posted: 2021-05-13