Policy Coordinator - Climate Programs

Job Type

Full Time




764 P Street, Suite 012
United States


Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Project of the Tides Center

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (LCJA)’s mission is to shift the dynamics that have created stark inequalities in California’s low income, rural regions. Based in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys, we work alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place.

Our experience in rural regions of California has taught us that as long as the most vulnerable populations remain silent and silenced, environmental degradation will continue, infrastructure will crumble, and the most basic of services and amenities will remain beyond the reach for those in need. And, state policies will continue to further disadvantage low income, rural communities through funding formulas and eligibility criteria that favor wealthier regions.

Through our team of community organizers, policy advocates and attorneys, we ensure that historically disadvantaged communities share in the benefits of growth and investment. In particular, we aim to impact land use and transportation planning, public investment priorities, environmental policy, and promote the provision of basic infrastructure and services.

In partnership and collaboration with local and statewide advocates, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability works to reverse trends that have reigned throughout our history and will systematically and comprehensively eliminate the inequality and deficiencies that plague this state.

We are seeking a full-time Policy Coordinator. Please see attached job description. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Olivia Faz at ofaz@leadershipcounsel.org. Position open until filled. 

Job Title: Policy Coodinator - Climate Program

Reports to: Co-Directors

Job Status: Exempt


The Policy Coordinator is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.

The Policy Coordinator will be primarily responsible for working in coalition with community residents, partner organizations and governmental representatives; conducting research and analysis of potential, proposed and existing polices at all levels of government; developing strategic communications to support advocacy; supporting fundraising and resource development; managing policy campaigns; and developing local, regional and state level advocacy campaigns to improve conditions in California’s rural communities. The Policy Coordinator will engage in other activities to support advocacy efforts.


• Develop relationships with governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, community based organizations, community members, academic and research institutions, and other relevant stakeholders

o Attend relevant meetings and participate in coalitions, networks, etc.

o Represent and speak on behalf of Leadership Counsel at community events, conferences, convenings, etc.

o Lead coalitions and networks

o Meet with partner organizations, representatives of government, residents as needed to develop relationships

o Work with Office Manager to maintain a database of contacts

• In collaboration with Co-Directors, Regional Directors, Policy Advocates, and Attorneys, develop, implement and manage an advocacy agenda and advocacy

o Identify priorities and targets for change

o Develop and Implement a strategy to address prioritized targets

o Develop and communicate comments to advance regulatory advocacy

o Attend hearings, conferences and related meetings to support Leadership Counsel priorities and policy goals

o Collaborate with local, state, and national partners to further advocacy goals

o Ensure progress toward advocacy goals and campaigns

o Track and monitor progress toward achieving overall advocacy goals and goals of specific campaigns

o Ensure successful progress toward achieving grant deliverables including successful reporting of grant


• Develop and maintain content area expertise related to climate change and climate change policy including sustainable agriculture, air quality, and climate resilience strategies.

• Support efforts to engage in Strategic Communications 

o Identify opportunities for media exposure through print, radio and television media to support advocacy efforts

o Develop relationships with media outlets and independent reports

o Work with Co-directors, other advocates and consultants to develop and implement a strategy to enhance use of webpage and social medial

o Author op-eds and letters to the editor on issues relevant to Leadership Counsel’s priorities

• Support fundraising and development

o Work with co-directors and regional directors to identify funding opportunities and develop grant proposals

• Author and co-author relevant reports and studies in collaboration with co-directors, attorneys, and policy advocates

• Support community education and organizing efforts in the San Joaquin Valley

o Develop curriculum for education and organizing

o Develop relationships with community residents and agency partners

o Develop advocacy plan in collaboration with staff and community partners

o Help coordinate and attend community events

• Other duties as identified by Co-Directors

• Administrative duties

o Maintain time records of all activities as directed by co-directors

o Maintain files in accordance with office policies


• Bachelor Degree or comparable experience

• 1-2 years of demonstrated experience working with and on behalf of low income regions of the State

• 2-3 years of demonstrated knowledge of social justice issues impacting low income rural communities


• Ability to work regular evening and weekend hours

• Ability to travel within the State of California including throughout California and 1-2 times out of state

• Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Office Suite

• Excellent verbal and writing skills

• Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred but not required

• Access to personal vehicle and insurance coverage

• Comfortable with working with residents and organizations from diverse backgrounds

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Clients, community partners, community based organizations, government officials, researchers

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to drive frequently to community meetings, hearings, conferences and other related activities, ability to conduct door-to-door outreach and conduct meetings, lifting materials and supplies such as chairs, easels, tables. Typically, these will weigh 30 pounds or less. Position involves sitting at a desk and working on a computer for a majority of the work day

WORK ENVIRONMENT Shared office space with one other staff member. Out-of-office meetings both meetings in other offices, in community centers, in homes and outside.

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a project of Tides Center, 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 (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, 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 disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

English and Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Olivia Faz at ofaz@leadershipcounsel.org. Position open until filled.