Position: Policy Strategist
Dept: Advocacy
Reports To: Co-Director
Location: Los Angeles, CA area (On-site)
Status: Non-exempt, Full-time
Salary: $62k/yr

The Position:
The Strategist provides strategic direction and support to the organization through direction and leadership of public policy, advocacy, and civic engagement efforts. This position plays a central role in advancing policy change that seeks to protect and restore the civil and human rights of formerly incarcerated and convicted people.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Monitor impactful public policy issues and decisions at the local and state level in effort to identify opportunities for reform within those systems.
  • Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Undertake extensive outreach, education and mobilization of communities throughout California to advance criminal justice reforms.
  • Coordinate policy and advocacy communications including email alerts and press releases.
  • Attend national, state, and local events as a representative of ANWOL including panel, meetings, trainings, and conferences.
  • Organize and develop methods to advocate the priorities and concerns of ANWOL at important tables, committees, coalitions and on special campaigns.
  • Assist in developing policy-related backgrounders, public testimony, talking points, letters and other materials in preparation for campaigns and other related movements.
  • Develop and direct campaign strategies for All of Us or None, a grassroots civil and human rights organization sponsored by ANWOL
  • Organize justice campaigns, encourage the participation of other organizations, and coordinate volunteer engagement.
  • Lead civic engagement activities such as conducting phone banks and offering resources at community events.



  • Knowledge of public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, leadership building, strategic communications and laws
  • Knowledge of reform and criminal justice policy
  • Personal experiences with incarceration is valued but not required
  • Excellent research, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to explain clearly and persuasively, to experts and non-experts, ANWOL’s stance on public policy issues
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team and independently
  • Passion for changing the obstruction and injustice of formerly incarcerated and convicted people
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Windows, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel, Google Workspace Suite
  • Self-motivated and able to set priorities and manage a variety of tasks.
  • Regular access to a personal vehicle; some travel to local courts required.


Compensation and Benefits: Compensation includes medical, dental and vision insurance benefits, life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Formerly incarcerated individuals or those impacted by the criminal justice or child welfare systems are encouraged to apply by sending cover letter and resume to: careers@anewwayoflife.org.