Policy Advocate

12 Jul, 2022


Policy Advocate

Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)
San Diego, CA

Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), fiscally sponsored by Mission Edge San Diego, is a collaborative comprised of hundreds of partners and thousands of community members. Mid-City CAN’s mission is to build a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. For over 30 years, Mid-City CAN has played an essential role in the community and the San Diego Region by facilitating dialogue, identifying common issues, spearheading advocacy efforts, building power, and training community members to take leadership roles in affecting change. Some of our campaign wins include $5.1 million towards two skate parks and a recreation center, the Halal school lunch program, and a reduction in youth bus fares.

The position

The Policy Advocate works as assigned, to proactively develop policy opportunities for the advancement of Mid-City CAN community organizing and advocacy campaigns. The Policy Advocate works with diverse and monolingual community members, their families, and organizational allies in the design and ongoing implementation of Mid-City CAN community organizing and advocacy campaigns. Duties include, and may not be limited to, tracking legislation at state and local levels, formulating policy solutions, analyzing policies, developing strategies, directly providing and preparing community members for public testimony, liaising with elected offices, and working in coalition with other nonprofits to advance a policy platform. The Policy Advocate reports to the Organizing Director or their designee. This position is full-time exempt and not eligible for overtime. Current policy work is focused, and may not be limited to, transportation justice and built environment, juvenile justice, police reform, and community health.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

·        Support community organizers in advancing Momentum Team campaigns through public policy issue development, research, analysis, and education.

·        Serve as Mid-City CAN’s primary advocate and liaison at the federal, state, regional, and local levels of government through coalition work, advocacy and education, and direct lobbying when applicable.

·        Effectively represent Mid-City CAN and its members before elected officials in order to advance campaigns.

·        Effectively communicate Mid-City CAN’s mission and vision.

·        Research, analyze, and write about policy opportunities in order to train and advise staff and members; in the form of internal memos, fact sheets, legislative language, and concept papers.

·        Craft potential policy solutions and generate political will among decision-makers.

·        Respond to developments at various governmental levels affecting community organizing campaigns (frequently with little or no advance notice due to governmental dockets).

·        Assist community organizers in developing a plan of action on various pieces of legislation, policy issues, and initiatives.

·        Research campaign targets, develop strategies, conduct power analysis, and assist staff in daily implementation.

·        Detailed tracking of policy through the legislative process and of governmental contacts.

·        Strictly comply with lobbying regulations at various levels of government and with donor restrictions.

·        Track MCC advocacy hours and complete any requisite lobbying reports or registrations.

·        Track issue development and legislation at various governmental levels.

·        Establish and maintain effective working relations with coworkers, administrators, other agencies, and various internal and external stakeholders.

·        Develop issue messaging and communications strategy in coordination with other staff.

·        Attend public hearings governmental meetings, conferences, and committees.

·        Prepare public comment on legislative issues.

·        Actively work with community members, partner organizations, and staff, to execute advocacy strategies.

·        Adapt strategically and proactively to changes in the campaign environment.

·        Attend all staff meetings (in-person unless otherwise directed), weekly data entry, and complete program reports (required).

·        Assist with canvassing, phone banking, and events as assigned.

·        Maintain governmental decision calendar, timeline, and proactively flag critical dates and deadlines to the team.

·        Vet, make recommendations and keep track of organizational letters of support.

·        Other duties as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·        Bachelors or Masters degree in public policy, political science, public administration, or related field, and 3-5 years of commensurate professional experience in governmental affairs, elected offices, or political offices.

·        Community organizing or leadership training is a strong asset, such as certificates from Institute for Cultural Affairs, Gamaliel Foundation, PICO National Network, Center for Third World Organizing, Consensus Organizing Center, or comparable organizations are helpful.

·        Familiar with governmental decision-making processes and legislative research tools

·        Familiar with databases such as; California Legislative Information LegInfo, Congress.gov, and Nation Builder.

·        Ability to interpret and build legislative language.

·        Ability to generate data-driven reports and briefs for informed decision-making.

·        Bilingual proficiency in Spanish, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Vietnamese, or other languages and a commitment to using bilingual language skills on a routine basis are a plus.

·        Possess a passion for social justice that translates to daily interactions.

·        Ability to build consensus and effectively manage conflict.

·        Ability to perform under pressure in a fast-paced flexible environment and meet deadlines.

·        Ability to self-direct, take initiative, and work independently, while also being able to work as part of a team when assigned to do so.

·        Exceptional oral and written communication, facilitation, direct interpersonal workplace communication, and public speaking skills.

·        Ability to work with and maintain positive relationships with diverse constituencies and sensitivity in dealing with diversity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status.

·        Flexible and able to adapt to learning new ideas and concepts, responding to changes and last-minute requests.

·        Ability to work in person (or at home if required by health orders), by June 15, 2022, per California State Health Order and County of San Diego Health Orders, all work is expected to be in-person.

·        Commitment to personal professional growth and development.

·        Exude professionalism on the job and maintain emotional composure.

·        Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to maintain etiquette in a professional environment, and exude a positive attitude.

·        Access to transportation and willingness to use it for work purposes.

·        Access to cell phone and willing to use to work purposes.

·        Willing to conduct air, train, car, and overnight travel, as health orders and safety protocols permit, up to 30% of the time.

COVID-19 Safety and In-person Work

·        Strictly comply with all applicable public health orders and organizational safety protocols.

·        Work as part of a team among colleagues to assist with unforeseen COVID-19-related projects.

·        Conduct work in person as health order allows (PPE provided), in accordance with California State Health Order and County of San Diego Health Orders, all work is expected to be in person.

·        Willing to obtain COVID-19 vaccine unless the qualifying medical condition, unvaccinated staff are required to take a bi-weekly COVID-19 test.

·        Remain flexible in order to adjust to changing safety protocols and health orders as needed.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

Work is performed in an office or community setting; the employee regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day; occasionally lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communications; employees should be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these manners. Position works in community settings, maybe standing at an event table and walking the neighborhood for several hours on a needed basis. The employee may spend periods of time sitting, standing, or walking. The employee is required to work in person and adhere to health and safety protocols which may require the wearing of a facial mask covering the nose and mouth for several hours and/or gloves or other PPE (provided). If required by health orders, employees may have to work virtually at home requiring the use of virtual meeting technology for several hours requiring focus on a computer screen. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Apply to This Job

Instructions:To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter for this position through the Mission Edge San Diego job board at https://missionedge.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2048468&&#job

No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters, please.

Mission Edge San Diego provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and

applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry,

gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual

orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental

disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver

status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Job posted: 2022-07-12