Public Policy Communications Associate

29 Sep, 2021


Public Policy Communications Associate

Children's Council of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


For more than 45 years, Children’s Council has been at the heart of child care in San Francisco. By advocating for quality early care and education, empowering families with information and financial support, and building the capabilities of educators, we ensure that every child in San Francisco has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Parents need reliable child care so they can work, and children need nurturing care and early education to prepare them for school and for life. If you want to be a child care champion in our community, we want you on our team.



The Public Policy & Advocacy Team works on early care and education issues at the local, state and federal levels, whether legislative or budgetary. Under the supervision of the Public Policy Communications Director, the Public Policy Communications Associate (‘Associate’) supports Children’s Council of San Francisco’s advocacy work by managing key projects, representing the organization in advocacy convenings, supporting the Director in various advocacy campaigns, and completing essential administrative work.


The Associate will oversee our digital organizing campaigns that amplify our local, state, and federal advocacy efforts. The intent of our digital organizing is to have child care advocates contact their elected/appointed representatives in support of our policy priorities. In addition, the Associate will manage our internal communications to ensure Children’s Council leadership and all staff are kept up to date on organizational policy priorities and opportunities for engagement. The Associate will also engage in community organizing work with various advocacy coalitions and help manage an advocacy intern periodically.



  • You are committed to our mission, the services we provide and to addressing the challenges faced by families and child care educators in San Francisco.
  • You thrive on working in coalition with allies while maintaining a unique organizational perspective.
  • You are a creative individual that brings new, innovative, evolving ways to engage in our advocacy.
  • You navigate between strategic and tactical day-to-day activities with ease.



  • In collaboration with our Public Policy Communications Director, you will advocate for the organization’s local, state, and federal priorities by serving as project manager for key advocacy campaigns.
  • Manage the tracking of our policy work at the local, state, and federal levels. You will specifically track notable legislation, develop public comment on behalf of the organization and strategically engage our community of prospective advocates to participate in the public dialogue.
  • Manage our staff engagement program. Engage staff in advocacy via advocacy trainings and preparing bi-weekly staff advocacy updates and other supporting documents that maximize internal engagement.
  • Manage monthly advocacy emails and Salsa Labs campaigns to engage our digital supporters – this will maximize public engagement in our advocacy efforts, working closely with Marketing & Communications Team
  • Plan organization advocacy events from start to finish.
  • Represent Children’s Council’s and our policy agenda at intersectional advocacy community organization convenings, identifying and prioritizing key opportunities to collaborate.
  • Self-initiate opportunities to learn about the early childhood education sector and related policy issues, keeping up-to-date on how legislative and political factors influence windows of opportunity for advocacy success; strategizing with Senior Leadership to decide on setting policy objectives accordingly.
  • Other responsibilities as needed, especially in support of Parent Voices of San Francisco chapter.


  • Two to four years of experience in public affairs, public policy, advocacy, community organizing, digital advocacy or similar roles.
  • Ability to use policy expertise and judgement to take positions on legislative items in key moments.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute legislative and administrative advocacy and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Expected to attend evening and weekend meetings and travel to meetings and conferences (approximately 15 – 25% of time, depending on the time of year).
  • Experience drafting policy update documents and emails.
  • Experience working within the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento political and/or organizing realm.
  • Ability to read, understand, and succinctly summarize policy or legislation to different audiences.
  • Proficiency with Office 360, and social media (Twitter preferred).


  • Bachelor’s in public affairs or related fields
  • Proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences in a variety of mediums (social media, email, blogs, etc.)
  • Experience organizing within a coalition or non-profit space
  • Experience with digital organizing platforms such as Salsa Labs, PDI and/or VAN
  • Familiarity with the State budgetary and legislative process
  • Previous experience hosting trainings or events


  • Ability to sit at a desk for extended amounts of time
  • Ability to stand for extended amounts of time
  • Manual dexterity to use office equipment; the ability to sit and work at a desk for extended periods of time

Children’s Council of SF is committed to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social and experiential diversity. Candidates who want to join us on this journey and who can uniquely contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Children’s Council of SF will operate in a hybrid model. Applicants should be comfortable with both the remote and in-office scenarios.


Benefits, and Employee Perks:

We offer great benefits! Medical, dental, vision, Long-term disability, Life & Pet Insurance / Employer 401K Matching program / Tuition Reimbursement / FSA, HSA & Transit Commuter Benefits / Generous PTO accrual – starting with over 4 weeks annually / 12 paid holidays + FH for Birthday / Lunch-n-Learn Training Program

Applications will be considered as they are submitted. Our positions remain opened until filled.

Equal Opportunity & Equity Statement

Children’s Council is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving the San Francisco community. We comply with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Our practices are in alignment with our commitment to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion. We foster a work environment where our current and future staff feel welcomed without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-09-29