Director of State and Local Policy

18 Nov, 2020


Director of State and Local Policy

Community Change
Washington, DC

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description

The Director of State and Local Policy will lead and manage work to develop a framework and execute strategy for Community Change/Action to support state and local policy needs of our field partners that wins material changes for their constituents, builds their capacity to do this work in the future, and helps build their power. As a senior leader on the Policy and Advocacy team, the Director is responsible for translating policy wins and innovations at the state and local level into federal policy change efforts, and leads the work of policy and advocacy staff on state and local work.

The Director of State and Local Policy is part of the Policy and Advocacy Team, which works with other Community Change staff and partner organizations to help develop and advance Community Change’s agenda. The Director of State and Local Policy will report to the Director of Policy and Ideas; and will supervise policy and advocacy staff as assigned.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead strategy, development, and implementation of Community Change’s state and local policy vision, ideas and priorities that advances our broader governing vision and narrative.
  • Lead development of a program to support the state and local policy needs of our partners.
  • Lead development of and provide support to a cohort of our partners’ policy staff that helps shape the strategic direction of our state and local policy work.
  • Lead development of and maintain relationships with national policy and advocacy organizations that can provide technical assistance and otherwise support our partners’ state and local policy campaigns, and represent Community Change with national organizations that convene state groups.
  • Support state and local field partners to advance integrated multi-issue policy campaigns at the state and local level, and work across Community Change issue areas and teams as part of this effort.
  • Develop and implement an approach to state and local partners in local policy work to ensure linkage between state and local policy campaigns and federal policy campaigns of the same issues.
  • Present relevant policy/legislative developments to Community Change field partners.
  • Develop and disseminate relevant information to local partners, policy makers, the media and communities.
  • Track  state and local policy activities relevant to Community Change priorities.
  • Conduct research and strategic analysis in support of grassroots initiatives to impact state and local policies.
  • Supervise staff, as assigned, whose primary responsibilities include supporting the state and local policy program.
  • Engage in and support federal policy work as needed.


  • At least ten years of experience in strategic policy advocacy and policy analysis and development, and legislative research, which may include experience on Capitol Hill, state legislatures, or city governments, academic research, or community or labor organizing around issues of importance to low-income communities, communities of color and immigrants.
  • Experience working with community organizing groups, unions, or other base-building groups and their constituencies on policy campaigns, specifically related to communicating complex policies to grassroots constituencies and assisting grassroots organizations in developing effective issue campaigns and strategic policy advocacy.
  • Willingness to accept guidance and direction from grassroots organizations and organizers on priority issues.
  • Willingness to travel to meet one-on-one with organizers at partner organizations.
  • Deep commitment to Community Change’s mission of supporting low-income people, immigrants and communities of color develop the power and capacity to improve their communities and bring about broader social change.
  • A fundamental understanding of state and local advocacy levers and the federal and state legislative process.
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, able to contribute based on expert knowledge or otherwise, as needed.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills are a must.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Commitment to advancing economic, racial and gender justice essential.

This position reports to: Director of Policy and Ideas

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit or covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: Moderate

Salary and benefits: Salary range for the position begins at $125,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter telling us why you are the perfect person for this position as well as salary expectations, a resume, and two writing samples.

Job posted: 2020-11-18