Policy Advocate

Location: Sacramento, CA preferred
Reports to: CA Government Affairs Director
Start Date: ASAP – Position open until filled
Position type: Full time

Organizational Background
Founded in 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a multi- state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence.

ASJ’s sister organization, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), also a project of Tides Center, has been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities for the last six years. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ. Combined, ASJ and CSJ operate with
65+ staff.

Position Summary
Reporting to the CA Government Affairs Director, the Policy Advocate will be part of a team of 15-20 staff. The Policy Advocate is a policy advocacy position whose core responsibility is to advance the organization’s advocacy agenda, a central component of the organization’s mission and strategies. The Policy Advocate will be responsible for maintaining relationships with policymakers, staff, and government officials, supporting the Policy Team in carrying out the policy work of the organization, supporting our crime survivors’ network, supporting our second chances advocacy, and facilitating coalitions with allied organizations, as needed. The Policy Advocate will work collaboratively with the Safe and Just team on a daily basis. The position is based in Sacramento with periodic travel, as needed, to the Bay Area and throughout California.

Primary Responsibilities
The Policy Advocate will play a critical role in the development and execution of the organization’s annual advocacy, legislative priorities and policy agenda, including, but not limited to: research, writing, public speaking, events coordination, relationship-building and ensuring prompt and thorough completion of all policy-related tasks and coordinated efforts.

Policy Development and Advocacy (65%)
● Independently represent Californians for Safety and Justice in the state Capitol and influence policymakers and policy advocates across the state of California.
● Shepherd legislation on criminal justice reform, support for crime survivors and smart justice investments through the California legislature.
● Maintain a deep understanding of the policy landscape in Sacramento and key counties.
● Advance the organization’s Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ) and Second Chances policy agenda. Train crime survivors in grassroots policy advocacy, and partner with the network to help crime survivors have a voice in the legislative process. Ensure that CSSJ is visible in the State Capitol and participating in policy makers' understanding of crime survivor issues.
● Conduct ongoing research and analysis of criminal justice policies, data, law, and policy reform proposals, including local and state criminal justice data, local and state public safety budgets, local and state legislation, state ballot measures, and budgetary and administrative reforms moving forward at the state and local level.
● Write letters of support and opposition for pending legislation, secure witnesses, and attend and provide expert testimony at legislative committee hearings in the Capitol.

Relationship and Coalition Building and Maintenance (30%)
● Build and maintain professional relationships with the offices of state legislators, local criminal justice and elected leaders in key counties, state corrections agencies,
the California Governor, and others by attending events and meetings.
● Build and maintain professional relationships with key criminal justice non-profit organizations and advocacy organizations by partnering on policy issues, and attending
events and meetings.

Other duties as needed to achieve the success of the organization (5%)

● Bachelor’s degree required. While a law degree or a Masters in Public Policy is preferred, we consider applications that demonstrate equivalent subject matter expertise based on other educational or experiential background or achievement.
● Prior professional experience interacting with California’s criminal justice system preferred.
● Experienced policy writer; knowledgeable of California’s criminal justice reform policies.
● Existing relationships with legislators, legislative staff, analysts, policy experts, and/or grassroots advocates is preferred.
● Demonstrable professional policy experience, preferably in a government position or a campaign or social justice advocacy setting.
● A goal-oriented and results-driven leader with a demonstrated history and commitment to social and racial justice.
● Well-organized, a self-starter, flexible, creative, able to work under pressure, and be able to work quickly and cooperatively on several efforts at one time.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Capacity to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment, with a strong commitment to communication and collaboration with other staff and allied organizations.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Tides Center offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, generous paid time off, retirement, FSA, and annual leave.

To Apply
Applications should be sent to jobs@safeandjust.org with a reference to the job title, “Policy Advocate” in the subject line of the email. A complete application that will receive consideration must attach each of the following to the email as separate attachments:
1. A cover letter, no longer than one page in length, that explains your interest in the position and how you match the stated requirements for this position;
2. Your resume;
3. The name, email, phone number and mailing address of 3-4 professional references who have both supervised you and worked closely with you.

Californians for Safety and Justice, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants who were formerly incarcerated are encouraged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.