Advocacy Coalition Organizer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $65,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



Los Angeles
United States


September 13, 2018


Job Title:                 Advocacy Coalition Organizer

Salary Range:         $55,000 to $65,000, plus excellent benefits

Schedule:                 40 hours a week, flexible schedule

Location:                  Southern California - Office TBD near Downtown Los Angeles

Beginning Date:      Starts immediately. Full-time

                                   Apply by 5 pm, Monday, October 8, 2018


Organizational Description:

Alcohol Justice is a national alcohol industry watchdog based in San Rafael, California with a strong community base in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California. We believe youth should grow up free from the alcohol industry’s advertising, enticing products and easy access. We organize locally, statewide and nationally to hold the alcohol industry accountable for harm. For more information, go to and


Position Description:

Alcohol Justice is looking for an Advocacy Coalition Organizer to join our action-oriented group of dedicated public health, policy, and advocacy experts. We are looking for a candidate with experience in community organizing and grassroots lobbying. The Advocacy Coalition Organizer is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing programs that focus on exposing negative alcohol industry practices through strategic use of media and coalition advocacy. The organizer will build the California Alcohol Policy Alliance in seven SoCal counties and assist with the Los Angeles Alcohol and Drug Policy Alliance.


The organizer will expose the alcohol industry’s dirty tricks in promoting harmful products, deceptive marketing, targeting youth, and undermining public policy. We approach alcohol through communities, with a lens of public health and public safety, facing the reality that global, greedy alcohol corporations are implicated in 10,000 California deaths a year.


The primary responsibility consists of growing ongoing coalitions, both locally and statewide. We require a self-starter, independent, Spanish bi-lingual, and culturally sensitive community organizer with research capabilities, and who is quick to understand policy and create strategies. Working under the supervision of the Advocacy Director, and in coordination with public affairs and research staff, your responsibilities will include:



  • Administer a small Southern California office near Downtown Los Angeles
  • Assist in development and supervision of fundable projects
  • Organizing includes maintaining and recruiting leaders and organizations, training of leadership and agency staff, organizing direct actions and media events to targets such as alcohol corporations or elected officials, staffing or facilitating meetings
  • Grassroots and direct lobbying at LA City Hall, LA County or Sacramento, bringing along constituents and coalition partner agencies
  • Manage constituency involvement of youth, public health, parents, people of color, LGBTQ, and people in recovery from alcohol problems
  • Recruit organizations, agencies and labor unions to join two coalition organizations:  Los Angeles Alcohol and Drug Coalition and California Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • Contribute to public education and outreach as needed
  • Organize an annual “CAPA Summit” every October involving dozens of organizations


Research, Analysis, Writing, Evaluation

  • While this is not a research position, we expect the staff to understand and communicate a public health and safety approach to alcohol prevention
  • We expect at least minimal public health, public safety and legal research capacity, and ability to understand, research and analyze potential legislative and regulatory solutions
  • About 10% of time could be dedicated to research and policy analysis and writing
  • Writing fact sheets, mini-reports, flyers, media advisories, press releases, and web content is expected, with assistance from other staff
  • Program evaluation & planning and/or Drug Free Communities grants experience helps


Media Relations; Grants; Data Management:

  • Organize media advocacy actions, press alerts, press releases, report releases, press conferences and hearing attendance.
  • Manage a media and constituency contact database, track media contacts, develop story ideas and relationships, and garner coverage in local, national and trade press
  • Writing grants and grantsmanship are pluses, especially experience with Southern California funders



  • College degree or equivalent proficiency; graduate degrees encouraged
  • Bi-lingual Spanish or bi-cultural Latino preferred or demonstrated cultural competency
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures and leadership
  • Experience in public health, public policy, social work, communications, information services or other relevant fields
  • Three or more years in community organizing or advocacy
  • Great listening and communicating skills
  • Confident speaking in public, PowerPoint presentation, representing policies and positions to allies, stakeholders, elected and appointed officials, and the media
  • Strong research and writing skills, publishing, designing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of public health issues and a passion for removing negative corporate practices from our communities
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Experience managing volunteers and ensuring top quality deliverables are produced
  • Willing to travel for conferences and organizing events
  • Willingness to travel to seven southern California counties, Sacramento/Capital, and to the Alcohol Justice headquarters in San Rafael
  • Knowledge of alcohol industry and of counter-industry strategies
  • Experience in creating content and using social media (Twitter, Facebook, email blasting)
  • Data management and computer skills for writing and outreach literature/design


Salary and Expenses:

  • $55,000 to $65,000 depending on experience
  • Excellent benefits and retirement plan
  • Collegial and accepting work environment
  • Incumbent to provide auto and personal insurance
  • Mileage and travel expenses reimbursed
  • Location will be a Los Angeles office (not at home); office location to be determined
  • Flexible work schedule depends on travel and meetings; possible one day a week telecommute

To Apply:                 

Email resume and brief cover letter to:

Please put “Advocacy Coalition Organizer” in the subject line.


Diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Alcohol Justice does not discriminate against its employees or applicants based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or on any other impermissible basis.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree