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California State Policy Manager

Voices for Progress Education Fund (V4PEF), and its sister organization, Voices For Progress (V4P), are young, growing, progressive national advocacy organizations that are building a counterweight to the campaign contributors and corporations who seek policies serving their own narrow financial self-interest. A 501(c)(3) project of the Tides Center, V4PEF, and V4P, a 501(c)(4) project of The Advocacy Fund, have enlisted hundreds of philanthropists, political donors and business leaders nationwide as members. Our members and staff advocate to elected officials to fight against climate change and economic inequality; to strengthen our democracy through campaign finance reform and voting protections; and on other social justice issues when threats or opportunities make it important to do so. For example, in 2017, additional advocacy will likely focus on criminal justice reform, healthcare, and immigration.


V4PEF seeks a full-time California State Policy Manager to lead its California State policy work in all areas, ensure that its CA members maximize their impact in Sacramento policy debates, and contribute to other organizational priorities that arise. This position will report to the California State Director and is assisted by the California State Associate, both located in Los Angeles. This position is located in Sacramento. V4PEF is open to applicants based in the Bay Area or other locations if willing to commute to Sacramento as much as 4 days per week when needed without reimbursement of travel costs. The California State Policy Manager is a full-time staffer of V4PEF, and will perform similar tasks on behalf of V4P as needed.


  • Develop, recommend, and implement advocacy priorities and strategies for policies to prevent climate change; reduce poverty and economic inequality; strengthen democracy through campaign finance reform and voting protections; advance social justice (e.g. criminal justice reform, healthcare, immigration); and other key priorities
  • Conduct substantive research, and prepare issue briefs, factsheets, talking points and policy analyses to guide the organization’s priorities and to prepare our members for advocacy meetings with elected and appointed officials and their staff
  • Monitor state legislative and administrative policy developments
  • Participate in coalitions and build relationships with other organizations working on progressive policy issues, State elected and appointed officials, and staff
  • Review and advise on coalition sign-on letters and work with the CA State Associate to draft member sign-on letters
  • Offer testimony before legislative committees
  • With assistance from CA staff, execute briefings, fly-ins, conference calls, webinars, advocacy days at the Capitol, and related events for members, including leading meetings directly with elected officials
  • Draft communications and reports to keep members and funders apprised of policy developments and to encourage their participation in advocacy and funding thereof
  • Participate in candidate interviews, conduct related research, and otherwise advise and staff V4P’s State PAC and V4P’s other partisan efforts
  • Occasional travel required within California and to Washington, D.C. 


  • Relevant college degree or equivalent work-related experience required
  • Minimum 3 years (more preferred) of experience working on California State public policy, either in the government or nongovernmental organizations working to formulate or influence policy
  • Ability to quickly jump into a new policy area and begin effectively advocating
  • Working knowledge of the current policy debates across as many as possible of the myriad issues V4PEF focuses on
  • Strong knowledge of legislative processes in the CA State legislature, and good judgment on legislative strategy
  • Major plus: experience working with and ongoing relationships with Sacramento nongovernment organizations, interest groups, and legislative and executive branch staff
  • Able to explain complex policy and legislative information in a clear, simple, concise and motivating manner
  • Passion for improving economic opportunity for all, fighting to protect the world against climate change, strengthening our democracy, and advancing social justice
  • Strong policy research skills
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently and with colleagues in other cities


Voices For Progress Education Fund provides excellent benefits, including a 403(b), full medical, dental, vision and life insurance (Eligible on the 1st of the month after 30 days of employment). Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample (2-5 pages, non-academic), and answers to the questions below to: voicesforprogressjobs@gmail.com with “California State Policy Manager” in the subject line. The cover letter should address how your experience prepares you for this position specifically and why you are drawn to this position.

California State Policy Manager Questionnaire

  1. Your daytime and evening numbers, and the best time to reach you by phone.
  2. Aside from the Voices for Progress website, where did you see this job listing?


Voices for Progress Education Fund is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity (including pregnancy and gender expression), color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with one or more disabilities may participate in the application process. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The employee is required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle and to manipulate keys on a keyboard. The employee may be required to sit or stand for an extended period of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Work is sometimes sedentary in the office, but also requires days spent in the Capitol frequently walking and standing for much of the day. The employee is required to travel in the state of California by air, train, car, public transportation, or by foot. Occasional travel required to Washington, D.C.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office environment. Work is often performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. Frequently work is performed on the go in the Capitol and surrounding buildings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The employee is usually subject to inside environmental conditions with frequent walks between buildings. No hazardous or other unpleasant conditions caused by dust or other possible hazards. Office access is through elevators. Office space has a mix of private and common offices with wide aisles between.

The Next Voices for Progress President

Applications due January 15, 2017

An Announcement from Voices for Progress Board of Directors

We have been privileged to work as fellow board members with Voices for Progress founder and current president, Sandy Newman, and a dedicated team of members and staff to build Voices for Progress into a strong network of philanthropists, business owners, and other leaders who work together to advance policies that prevent climate catastrophe, promote a fair economy, and an inclusive democracy. V4P is now a dynamic, growing organization with real, progressive impact that has filled a critical hole in progressive infrastructure.

Sandy has decided that V4P is now ready for new leadership to take it to its next level of even greater impact. While we will be sorry to see Sandy leave his current role, we are pleased that he will continue to stay on until the next outstanding leader is ready to take the reins, to continue developing Voices to have an even greater impact.

As noted in the job description below, applicants should contact Susan Osnos at susanosnos@earthlink.net 

Bob Bowditch       Carl Pope
Joan Huffer           Leslie Samuelrich
Gara LaMarche    Faye Straus
Zach Polett

Job Description of the President

Voices for Progress (V4P) is an advocacy organization composed of influential individuals, working together to prevent climate catastrophe, promote economic opportunity, and protect the rights of minorities, women and of democracy for all. Its members include philanthropists, business owners, and other leaders, who have together contributed tens of millions of dollars to election campaigns, and who raise much more. Voices for Progress seeks a President who will build on this foundation and adapt to a new and challenging political environment.

We leverage members’ knowledge and influence to advocate effectively on behalf of the people who lack such opportunity — building a counterweight against the many wealthy people and corporations who use their access to lobby for their narrow self-interests.

Voices for Progress staff enlist members, provide timely information about policy developments, and coordinate members’ meetings and conversations directly with policy-makers. As the only organization enlisting and educating such influential constituencies to advocate similar positions across multiple issue silos, V4P continues to expand the corps of people willing to speak out on these and other principles.

Voices for Progress Education Fund (legally a 501(c)(3) Project of Tides Center) and Voices for Progress (legally a 501(c)(4) project of The Advocacy Fund) have a national office staff of ten, plus a California State Director and associate. Financial support comes primarily from members. Though its work has until now focused on federal policy, the California office also works on state as well as federal policy. Building a more robust state policy advocacy capacity, including the possible addition of new offices, will be challenges for the new President, as V4P grows.

While V4P is committed over the long term to spending roughly half its advocacy efforts on climate change, that portion will vary from year to year depending on threats and opportunities. For the next several years, its priorities will reflect the need for policy advocacy that builds the power of those who seek to advance our values and policies in future years.


The president will be a person with demonstrated leadership abilities, and a vision for both the policies we want to achieve and the strategies that will enable V4P to advance those goals. The president reports directly to the Voices for Progress Board.

The president will:

  • Chart a path to expand impact through a combination of membership growth, state policy advocacy, new kinds of members, or other strategies.
  • Build strong relationships with V4P members.
  • Build strong relationships with the top leadership of other organizations, in order to develop strategies for the broader advocacy community overall.
  • Present V4P’s budget for board approval, and assure that the organization meets revenue and growth objectives.
  • Supervise key staff.
  • In consultation with the senior team, set priorities for allocating advocacy resources among issues, and develop plans and advocacy strategies.

Required Experience

  • Ten or more years experience in a combination of policy advocacy, organizing, fundraising, and leadership, with significant experience in each.
  • Major donor fundraising, preferably as a principal, including separate contributions of over $25,000. Additional experience in foundation fundraising preferred.
  • Management experience.
  • Strategic planning.

Other Qualifications Required:

  • Broad understanding of federal policy issues, the legislative process, and national politics.
  • Deep commitment to combating climate change, increasing economic opportunity, and strengthening democracy.
  • Charismatic leader who can attract major political donors and maintain productive relationships with them.
  • Ability to motivate, engage and inspire staff.
  • Understand political campaigns and donor/candidate relationships.
  • Excellent writer and speaker, who can represent V4P well in interviews and public speaking opportunities.

Additional Qualifications preferred

  • Personal relationships with major individual political and philanthropic donors, elected officials, business leaders, and others most likely to advance our goals.
  • Strong relationships with allies within the progressive advocacy community.
  • Positive relationships on Capitol Hill and in political circles.
  • Experience/aptitude in formulating political and message strategy.
  • Familiarity with differences between 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, as well as PACs.

Salary and Benefits:

Voices for Progress provides excellent benefits, including a 401K, full medical, dental, vision and life insurance (Eligible on the 1st of the month after 30 days of employment). Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Applicants should email susanosnos@earthlink.net and must include a cover letter, resume, an unedited writing sample and salary requirements by January 15, 2017. Email MUST reference “V4P President” position in the subject line. No calls, please.

Voices for Progress seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds and experience are critical to achieving our goals.