Join the Black to the Future Action Fund Team

Policy Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW AND ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The Black to the Future Action Fund is a 501(c)4 organization that transforms Black communities into constituencies that wield independent political power at the municipal, state, and federal levels. The problems Black communities face are complex; the solutions to those problems require imagination, experimentation, and political power. The Black to the Future Action Fund combines strategies that help us imagine the alternatives we deserve while building political power at the local, state, and national levels to implement those alternatives.

The Policy Manager helps to develop and design policies that improve the lives of Black communities, translates those policies into issue campaigns, and works to create opportunities for policy reform in Black to the Future Action Fund’s target states. The Policy Manager drives our issue agenda in states and works to maximize our presence and impact. The Policy Manager supports the development and implementation of our strategy with national, state, and regional allies in service of our agenda.

This position is shared with our sister entity Black Futures Lab a separate 501c3.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides leadership, along with other staff and partner organizations, in the development and implementation of policy priorities and strategy
  • Ability to translate policy priorities into issue campaigns
  • Position Black to the Future Action Fund, our partners, and our agenda strategically and powerfully in our target states
  • Builds and leverages relationships with key policymakers, elected officials and influencers in service of our agenda
  • Collaborate with the Black to the Future Public Policy Institute, ensuring that we build the capacity of our communities to write, win and implement policy in cities and states
  • Provide reliable, timely analysis and strategic guidance on relevant legislative activities in states
  • Develop and disseminate materials regarding legislative developments to partners, policymakers, and the media
  • Conduct or commission research as necessary
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with partner organizations

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in a leadership role in representing an organization on issues of importance to Black communities
  • Established relationships with state policymakers, and with social change organizations
  • Extensive knowledge of state legislative and administrative processes.
  • Ability to design, manage, and implement strategy
  • Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of low-income people and Black people to change their communities and to participate directly in changing public policies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community organizing and ability to work constructively with grassroots partners.
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with other staff and other organizations; demonstrated ability to work with groups and individuals across the political spectrum.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a public spokesperson and advocate; ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues.
  • A broad understanding of state policies that pertain to Black communities is required
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Experience effectively supervising and developing staff.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to adjust to frequently changing demands.
  • Ability to build relationships with relevant policy partners (government, policy shops, academic institutions, etc.).
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work long hours, nights, and weekends
  • Ability to be available via text and phone to problem-solve urgent concerns as they arise

Work Environment:
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, this position will function as remote until further notice.

Compensation and Benefits:
Pay for this position is commensurate with experience and responsibilities. The estimated salary range for this position is $90,000 – $115,000. This position comes with medical and dental benefits, generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. This position is full-time.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume through this application portal: Applications received via email or outside of the designated process will not be considered.

Black to the Future Action Fund contracts with Resilient Strategies LLC for backend and operational support including hiring and employment. Resilient Strategies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. Pursuant of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.