Job Title: Policy & Advocacy Manager
Reports to: Co-Directors
Supervise: Advocacy Department
Location: Los Angeles, CA (on-site)
Salary: $70-$80k DOE


The Policy & Advocacy Manager will lead the development of the Policy & Advocacy Department by providing strategic direction and support to the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts, including  All of Us or None (AOUON). This individual will serve as a subject matter expert to provide guidance  and thought leadership in building best practices and promoting new ideas for efficient and effective results, as well as assist in maintaining ANWOL’s profile around women and criminal justice reform. You support the work of strengthening public policy and understand political process. You are a team player, flexible, and willing to change directions in strategy when necessary. You will need to stay informed of current reform issues, and cultivate relationships which will identify potential opportunities for  collaboration, coalitions and partnerships to further our efforts as Leaders in the fight for justice! As a  member of the Management Team, you will also provide input and support to other organizational  matters as needed.

Primary Policy Duties 

  • Identify and plan for specific policy goals, long and near term, legislative and organizing, locally and statewide, from concept through implementation
  • Ensure that the policy team or other ANWOL staff are able to work closely and effectively with elected officials at the local, state and federal level and key stakeholders, and that the priorities and concerns of  ANWOL are represented at important tables, committees, coalitions and on special campaigns.
  • Identify key emerging national efforts on criminal justice reform and women in reentry for ANWOL to lead and/or join.
  • Implement and manage our Voter Education and Civic Engagement campaigns, supervising consultants.
  • Strengthen the presence of existing AOUON chapters in Los Angeles and Long while increasing the membership’s participation.
  • Develop and supervise individual work plans for policy and advocacy team using a supportive and collaborative approach.

Team Development/Leadership

  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a  commitment to quality.
  • Ensure that staff members receive timely and appropriate supervision, training and development.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities and  deliverables, set objectives, establish priorities.

Qualities and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy or related field, including related 5+ years employment experience in the industry.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience (3+ years), with ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Possess a high degree of commitment to social justice, with high level diplomacy skills and political savvy.
  • Experience engaging with legislators and their staff
  • Experience mobilizing and activating large groups of people
  • A team-oriented attitude, strong cross-functional collaboration skills and proven ability to work collaboratively and establish positive working relationships with individuals and community partners.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with elected officials.
  • Relevant experience working with programmatic professionals
  • Have working knowledge of the policy and political landscape around criminal justice reform, locally, statewide and nationally.
  • Have the ability to work with people of all backgrounds, including supports and opponents, moving easily between different environments.
  • Self-starter, willing and able to take responsibility and ownership for producing timely and high quality work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to deconstruct complex problems and develop actionable plans.
  • Have reliable transportation, maintain current insurance and a good driving record.
  • Have the flexibility to work some nights and weekends, as well as to travel both in and out of state.

Goals and Objectives:

It is expected that the Policy and Advocacy Manager will immediately begin to focus on the following goals and objectives (not in any order):

  • Establish a productive partnership with local officials, legislators and external constituents, advancing our goals and agenda.
  • Further the reputation of A New Way of Life as a major stakeholder in conversations on mass incarceration and criminal justice reform.
  • Develop positive rapport with staff, providing leadership and support through this continuing phase of organizational growth.

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive wages based on experience, with vacation, medical, dental and vision insurance benefits, Life/AD&D insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.

Formerly incarcerated individuals or individuals impacted by the criminal justice are encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Apply by sending a cover letter, resume and writing sample to: