Policy Director

Posted by
Urban League of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
Published 13 days ago

Organization Overview

The mission of the Urban League of Louisiana is to support African Americans and others seeking equity to secure economic parity and self-reliance. Founded in 1938 as the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the organization expanded its footprint to Baton Rouge and changed its name to Urban League of Louisiana (ULLA) in 2017. ULLA is one of nearly 100 affiliates of the National Urban League, headquartered in New York. Today, ULLA’s work lives in three Centers of Excellence: Education and Youth Development, Economic Development and Workforce Development and Policy and Social Justice.

 Benefiting from a remarkable history and tradition, ULLA has a strong and positive brand coupled with a track record of successfully serving the African American community. Using this as a foundation, ULLA is poised to expand to other cities across the state, making it an integral part of the state’s economic growth and development.

 The organization’s structure includes the President and CEO, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Vice President for Education and Youth Development, Vice President for Workforce Development, Vice President of Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Vice President, Strategy and Engagement along with director level positions in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Position Summary

The Policy Manager is responsible for leading the Urban League of Louisiana’s policy and advocacy efforts, guided by the Urban League’s commitment to working with the communities it serves to drive and inform its efforts. Through events and engagements such as the annual statewide Listen and Learn Tour, Empowerment and Policy Conference, and Policy Work Groups, the Policy Manager will provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of the organization’s policy campaigns and legislative agendas. The Policy Manager is responsible for ensuring that the organization is aware of and engaged in policy and advocacy efforts aligned with the organization’s mission and that serve to improve the lives of African Americans in Louisiana. It also plays a key role in maintaining and establishing relationships with legislators, policy makers, and advocacy organizations and will help design infrastructure to engage residents in the seven largest cities across Louisiana.

The Urban League of Louisiana Center for Policy and Social Justice is essential to the mission of securing parity and civil rights and closely aligns with the work of the Center for Workforce and Economic Development and the Center for Education and Youth Development. This Center implements strategies and initiatives that increase equity and improve quality of life for African American communities and other communities of color across Louisiana. The work of this Center includes the Urban League’s annual policy cycle featuring a statewide listening tour, policy conference, and policy work groups; Wake Up Geaux Vote; the production of education equity reports; health equity initiatives; criminal justice reform efforts; and a legislative agenda during the Louisiana legislative session. 

Essential Functions

  1. Manage Policy and Legislative Priorities
  2. Annual policy priorities: Develop a process to review legislative and advocacy campaigns to ensure they are strategically focused and driven by our mission and vision; lead the formulation and prioritization of the organization’s legislative advocacy agenda and policy campaigns
  3. Track Louisiana legislative session: Track progress of legislative agendas and policy campaigns; stay abreast of bills and resolutions for each legislative session
  4. Create policy briefs to communicate the importance and impact of policy priorities
  5. Work with VP, Strategy and Engagement and Communications team to promote the organization’s policy developments with key stakeholders
  6. Statewide Advocacy Engagement
  7. Build infrastructure for community engagement and education related to policy advocacy. This may include trainings and workshops about the legislative process, webinars and town halls on legislative priorities, etc.
  8. Establish regular advocacy engagement activities for the seven largest cities in Louisiana and build network of advocacy partners in each of the seven cities
  9. Partnerships and Relationship Management
  10. Develop new partnerships that may be cross-cutting or new to the organization
  11. Build statewide policy contacts
  12. Work with VP, Strategy and Engagement to build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances
  13. Support Annual Policy Cycle Activities
  14. In support of the responsibilities listed above, support the Urban League’s annual policy cycle components, including the Annual Empowerment & Policy Conference, Statewide Listen and Learn Tour, and Policy Work Groups
  15. Report outcomes of policy and advocacy efforts to VP, Strategy and Engagement and as needed for funding and grant proposals and reporting
  16. Activate the Urban League of Louisiana’s responses to pressing advocacy issues, such as major civil rights of policy events that require a response from the organization
  17. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills

Supervisory Responsibility

The Policy Officer does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, Monday – Friday. Routine weeknight and weekend assignments may be required. Statewide travel is required for this role.


·        Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences, preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job duties may be considered in lieu of the graduate degree.

·        At least 3 years of experience focused on key social and racial justice issues, required.

·        At least 3 years of experience in government, civil rights, racial justice, or other relevant fields, required.

·        Significant professional experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, coalition building, and public systems; Louisiana specific experience, preferred.

·        Demonstrated success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.

·        Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including public officials, coalition partners, community leaders, and members of the media.

·        Very familiar with Louisiana legislative processes.

·        Excellent writing and communication skills, required.

·        Experience using the EveryAction CRM platform, preferred.

Organization Overview

The mission of the Urban League of Louisiana is to support African Americans and others seeking equity to secure economic parity and self-reliance. Founded in 1938 as the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 10, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 5, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


USD 60,000 - USD 65,000


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New Orleans, LA
Associated Location
New Orleans, LA, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

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