Policy Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000.00
Maximum: $75,000.00




1320 East 7th Street
Los Angeles
United States


The Policy Director is responsible for helping set ARC policy priorities, in conjunction with ARC members, designing and implementing advocacy initiatives, preparing ARC members (formerly incarcerated individuals) to become effective advocates for reform in the juvenile and criminal justice system, organizing ARC member attendance at critical policy meetings, and supporting communications efforts around ARC campaigns and policy priorities.

About The Organization

The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and to build healthier communities. ARC seeks to accomplish this mission in a three-fold approach: (1) to advocate for fair and just policies that: reduce crime, decrease the use of incarceration, and serve the needs and well-being of formerly incarcerated people; (2) to provide supportive services and resources to those affected by the criminal justice system that improves outcomes; and (3) to build healthier communities by returning motivated, mentally prepared, and high character men and women from incarceration to neighborhoods to serve as ambassadors for change. In brief, ARC is a support network, a connection to services and support, and an advocate for just and fair policies.

Position Summary

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with team management, and policy advocacy expertise to help further develop a fast growing organization. The successful candidate will partner with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director and other executive level staff to work collaboratively with a high-performance management team. The Policy Director will report to the Deputy Director. The Policy Director plays a critical role in driving the implementation of ARC's policy initiatives. The Policy Director also plays a critical role in the support network for ARC members – formerly incarcerated individuals – and their ongoing relationship with the organization's advocacy initiatives.

The Policy Director position is full-time. Position is available in either the Los Angeles or Sacramento office.


Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Work with ARC members and executive level staff to develop and implement ARC's policy priorities and advocacy campaigns
  2. Research, develop and write policy briefs, op-eds, and reports
  3. Develop talking points and other public documents to frame ARC's policy positioning
  4. Lead the training of ARC members in policy advocacy and community organizing
  5. Manage the process by which ARC members meet with policymakers and other stakeholders
  6. Organize and lead policy visits to Sacramento, D.C., and elsewhere as required
  7. Lead ARC's public education campaign including: organizing policy forums in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, and organizing community meetings throughout Southern California
  8. Organize and lead ARC members and partners to successfully advocate for the implementation of policies supported by ARC
  9. Represent ARC when needed with partner organizations, at conferences, and other events
  10. Contribute to grant proposals and tracking in policy specific areas
  11. Help manage student and other ARC interns
  12. Work on special projects and other tasks as directed by supervisors


  • Degree in public policy, criminal justice, political science or a related field
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in a policy advocacy and management position, preferably in a not-for-profit or other advocacy setting
  • Experience creating and implementing advocacy campaigns
  • Expertise in criminal and juvenile justice issues in California and on a national scale
  • Knowledge of California state and Los Angeles County legislative bodies and processes
  • Knowledge of Los Angeles City and County level legislative bodies and processes 
  • Ability to prioritize work in a fast pace environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skill
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision as well as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in MAC programs, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in database management such FileMaker Pro is a plus
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of California and nationally as required

Salary / Benefits

  • Salary range is $65k - $75k, depending on experience
  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents 
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days per year
  • Approximately 10 days office closure over the Christmas and New Years


  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents 
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days per year
  • Approximately 10 days office closure over the Christmas and New Years

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages), and a list of three references to Hiring Committee at info@antirecidivism.org.