13 Feb 2015

Southern California Policy Manager

California WalksLos Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

About California Walks:
California Walks (Cal Walks) is the statewide voice for pedestrian safety & healthy, walkable communities for people of all ages & abilities. Cal Walks partners with state agencies, organizations, and community members to establish and strengthen policies, practices, and programs that support and advance pedestrian safety and healthy, walkable communities. 

Position Title: Southern California Policy Manager

Reports to: Deputy Director

Start Date: April 1, 2015 or sooner

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Annual salary range: $40,000-50,000

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Exempt employee; must be available to travel up to 15% of the time; 12-month position, with opportunity for extension contingent upon funding. 

Benefits: Competitive benefits include employer sponsored Flexible Spending Account and retirement contributions; pre-tax commuter checks, 3 weeks of vacation, 10 days sick leave, and holidays.


  • Phone interviews will be conducted between March 2-6, 2015.
  • In-person interviews will be held March 16-20, 2015, and will involve oral and written components. 

Position Summary:
This is a dynamic and exciting position to build and manage Cal Walks’ regional policy advocacy and community engagement work in Southern California. This position will lead advocacy efforts to increase funding and improve local and regional transportation policies that further health, equity, and active transportation throughout the Southern California region. Additionally, the Policy Manager will oversee Cal Walks’ collaboration with local communities along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to evaluate, develop, and prioritize project recommendations for implementation to improve the safety of all users of the PCH, as well as lead technical assistance and community engagement efforts throughout the region. Primary responsibilities and functions include community organizing, engagement, empowerment, education, and mobilization; coalition building; facilitating workshops; cultivating relationships with local and state elected officials, City/County agency staff, and community partners; and participating in City/County hearings, meetings, and workshops. The Policy Manager will work closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors. The ideal applicant will be based in Los Angeles County and be willing to travel throughout the Southern California region. 

Key responsibilities and functions:

  • Advocacy, Education, and Community Engagement
    • Plan, organize, and facilitate community-based advocacy programming in Los Angeles County and throughout the Southern California region, including workshops, trainings, and/or conferences/summits to build community resident advocacy capacity;
    • Build partnerships and cultivate relationships with non-profit and/or community-based organizations interested in or working on active transportation policy;
    • Develop policy recommendations to integrate health, equity, and active transportation into regional and local transportation policies;
    • Participate in existing active transportation coalitions throughout the region (e.g., Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative);
    • Mobilize community participation in active transportation policy advocacy opportunities; and
    • Provide technical assistance to community members and local/regional agencies, including the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Task Force.
  • Public & Governmental Relations
    • Act as primary spokesperson and champion for Cal Walks’ Southern California efforts;
    • Cultivate relationships with public agency staff including, but not limited to, the Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health;
    • Cultivate relationships with local elected officials and state legislators and district staff throughout the region;
    • Explore partnerships with academic institutions in the region investigating the relationship between transportation, health, and equity;
    • Cultivate relationships with local news media, including TV, radio, print, and blogs; and
    • Participate in public advisory committees and meetings that impact active transportation policies and projects, including, but not limited to, local Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPAC).
  • Other Duties as Needed

Minimum Requirements:

This position prefers a BA in urban planning, urban studies, public health, public policy, social welfare, non-profit management or other related field plus a minimum of two years’ experience in managing advocacy campaigns or equivalent.

Must have experience in program/workshop planning or facilitation, working with community residents, grant writing, reporting, and conducting process and outcome evaluations.

Must be detail-oriented, able to manage competing tasks, and have a solid understanding of organizational management and collaboration building.

Must have experience in implementing policy advocacy campaigns. Must have experience in or willingness to learn about transportation policy, planning, and programming; health equity; and pedestrian safety. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Docs.

Ability to:

  • Work both independently and as a team member.
  • Multi-task, with flexibility, efficiently.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making.

Desirable skills and qualifications:

  • Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) highly desirable.
  • Microsoft Suite proficiency.
  • Spanish-speaking strongly preferred

How to Apply

Please send your résumé, a cover letter, salary requirements and three references to info@californiawalks.org. Please use “Application for Southern California Policy Manager” as the subject of the email and name the documents as your last name and the document name (example: “Name_Cover Letter”). Please provide documents in PDF file format.

California Walks is an equal employment opportunity employer. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 40,000 - 60,000. Job listing expires in 11 days.

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