Policy Analyst via Idealist

Community Water Center

Sacramento, CA, United States 🇺🇸


The Policy Analyst is primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing community-driven policy campaigns from the Sacramento Office. This position reports to the Policy Director and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies, community partners and vendors. This position will be responsible for managing volunteers, interns, vendors and consultants, as appropriate. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. Major Responsibilities:

Coordination of policy campaigns at the state level. This includes:

  • Developing maintaining and owning campaign work plans, and then coordinating with CWC staff, interns, volunteers, community partners, consultants and allies to successfully implement state-level policy campaigns
  • Maintaining the database and tracking tools for state-level policy campaigns
  • Developing content for funding applications and reports, as well as other fund development materials related to state-level policy campaigns

Policy analysis, research and coordination to advance state-level policy campaigns. This includes:

  • Tracking and analyzing state budget appropriation, legislative actions, administrative actions and funding programs related to state-level policy campaigns
  • Overseeing and/or implementing research analysis related to state-level policy campaigns

Development of bilingual policy campaign communications materials, content and publications as part of CWC’s community-driven policy advocacy efforts. This includes:

  • Drafting educational community fact sheets, policy advocacy fact sheets, and other related publications and materials
  • Drafting support letters, collecting signatures and logos from allies, and delivering support letters
  • Developing social media and other digital content to advance policy campaigns

Implementation of bilingual community-driven policy education, organizing and advocacy activities as part of state-level policy campaigns. This includes:

  • Providing bilingual community education workshops, updates and strategy sessions
  • Coordinating state agency and legislative meetings and community engagement activities
  • Supporting and participating in policy-related networks and coalitions regarding key state-level policy campaigns
  • Advocating, testifying and participating directly within legislative and agency venues as part of state-level policy campaigns

General Duties

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations
  • Actively participate in program strategy and staff meetings
  • Actively participate in CWC fund development activities, such as donor drives, online appeals, and other events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors and the Policy Director

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to or from this position at any time. Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong passion for, and commitment to, social and environmental justice
  • Strong policy analysis and writing skills
  • Strong legislative and administrative lobbying and advocacy skills
  • Strong verbal and written fluency in Spanish, including strong bilingual (Spanish-English) interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color, particularly Latinx farmworker communities
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines and “own” assigned campaigns and projects
  • Strong ability to work in teams and in coalitions
  • Creative and comprehensive problem-solving skills and ability to quickly adapt strategies to new, changing or unexpected circumstances
  • Ability to analyze and respond to technical documents related to groundwater quality and supply, public finance, governance, and public health
  • Ability to accept and provide praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek and provide regular feedback and evaluationProficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems
  • Flexible schedule: willing and able to travel to communities in the San Joaquin Valley, work weekends, and attend night meetings when necessary
  • Valid California Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

At least 2 years of experience in CA administrative and/or legislative policy advocacy, particularly in the following areas:

  • CA water and environmental law
  • CA local government law
  • Experience working with media and developing communications materials around advocacy campaigns, including digital engagement strategies
  • Experience working with local environmental justice (EJ) community partners in advocacy campaigns
  • Background in environmental science or policy, public health, sustainable agriculture, community development or related field
  • Experience developing campaign strategies, plans, grants and reports, and communicating with foundation program officers
  • Experience living or working in small unincorporated communities in the San Joaquin Valley