NOW HIRING: State Policy Manager

Who We Are

Alliance San Diego is a community-based human rights organization whose mission is to build collective power to create a more inclusive democracy. Our goal is to shape a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and everyone can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice.

We build power by developing leaders, engaging communities, advocating for policies, protecting rights, and communicating strategically. We focus on the issues most salient at the time. To date, Alliance San Diego has worked on education, immigration, policing, healthcare, tax and budget equity, and other issues. Though the issues we work on might change, our mission remains the same: build collective power to create an inclusive democracy. From changes in public discourse to changes in public policy, we have worked to ensure that community members are part of the decision-making that affects them.

Job Summary

We are seeking a State Policy Manager to advance our organization's mission and policy priorities on issues that impact the whole state. The State Policy Manager will join our dedicated team of strategic policy advocates and work collaboratively with staff and organizational allies to shape and build support for policies that fulfill our mission of creating a more inclusive democracy. At the present time, the State Policy Manager will be particularly focused on housing issues and will manage the housing portfolio.

The ideal person for this role has legislative and/or policy experience at the state level, is someone who is eager to work collaboratively to advocate for change, and is prepared to accompany affected community members to inform policymakers on the need for change. Simply put, we need a person who is passionate about social justice, recognizes the importance of building collective power, and is ready to research the problems as well as the solutions, and then advocate for them as part of a strategic plan.

The State Policy Manager position is a full-time position based in San Diego reporting to the Associate Director. This position will work in a hybrid of remote and in-office locations and will have the primary responsibilities listed below.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage state-level policy projects that advance the organization's priorities
  • Analyze democracy/voting/election related policies and provide briefings as needed
  • Provide support to housing coalitions that ASD is convening or participating in
  • Identify existing and potential state legislation that advances ASD priorities
  • Represent the organization with policymakers and allies as needed


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • 3 years of specific experience in policy work
  • Experience working in or engaging with legislative offices
  • Experience tracking and analyzing legislation
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Experience with Google suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)
  • Ability to travel to Sacramento and other locations to fulfill the role


Key Competencies

  • Proficiency in working with diverse communities and/or with grassroots organizations
  • Analysis and problem-solving
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Time management
  • Organization skills
  • Results-oriented and organized
  • Effective written and oral communication
  • Self-motivated - proven ability to work independently
  • Works well within a team toward shared goals and objectives
  • Strategic thinking
  • Compassionate service
  • Resolving conflict
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Understanding of social justice issues and challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and working class families


The State Policy Manager position is offered as a salaried position. Compensation is between $80,000 and $90,000 annually, commensurate with experience. We offer competitive pay increases based on annual performance reviews, competitive benefits, and a collaborative work environment with colleagues who are dedicated to human rights. Some travel, evening, weekend and holiday work may be required. To apply please provide a cover letter, resume, and three references (a minimum of two professional references required) to the link below.

Alliance San Diego is an equal opportunity employer that encourages all people to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against based on religion, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.