Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy

Published 13 days ago

Cast is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive, life-transforming services to survivors of Human Trafficking and an advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. We are currently on a mission to hire the very best talent who are committed to systems change and elevating survivor voices to shape policy and public awareness to ultimately put an end to human trafficking. If you are looking to join a progressive and mission-driven organization, look no further!

We are excited to announce the Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy role at Cast. This individual is responsible for the development of Cast's policy strategy and program infrastructure, and providing direction and support to Cast's local, state, and federal policy efforts that are informed by its survivor-centered and trauma-informed services for survivors of human trafficking. The Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy is also responsible for implementing Cast's policy plan in alignment with the organization's strategic growth plan and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the organization evolves, you will contribute to proposals, grant applications and you will contribute to the team's external communications that amplify our policy perspective and showcase our stakeholder collaboration.

Our mission:

Ending modern slavery through education, advocacy, and empowering survivors of human trafficking.

What you'll do:

  • Develop, implement and build Cast's policy program on a local, statewide and national level.
  • Plan future policy agendas with emphasis on long-term strategic change.
  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term creative legislative, administrative, and court strategies to better protect human trafficking survivors and ensure access to services and justice.
  • Advocate within LA City, LA County, California State, and Federal Appropriations process to bring more federal and state resources to the organization and to anti-trafficking efforts.
  • Build and strengthen advocacy partnerships, and work collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners to advocate for policy reform and systemic agency change that emphasizes the human rights of trafficked persons.
  • Collaborate with CEO and Communications team on comprehensive communications strategy and talking points related to policy and the anti-trafficking movement. Keep CEO abreast of important movement dynamics and make recommendations for public responses, including media requests.
  • Increase and coordinate Pro Bono support for Cast policy initiatives.
  • Develop campaigns that bring awareness to Cast's work and issues affecting survivors of human trafficking. Develop strategies to increase the number of supporters and ways to mobilize them.
  • Other duties as identified and assigned.

What you bring:

We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to help transform the lives of survivors. You'll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level. We expect our Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy to bring in the following:

  • At least three years experience working within the Anti-trafficking movement.
  • Thorough understanding of issues of intersectionality and movement building.
  • Commitment to and experience in serving the needs of exploited minors, at-risk youth, human trafficking victims, and/or vulnerable migrants.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of California's legislative process and experience working on state legislative policy reform and/ or budget.
  • Excellent track record in developing cooperative relationships with state legislative partners and agencies.
  • Ability and commitment to work effectively and cooperatively with trafficked persons, legal organizations, community-based organizations, volunteer lawyers, law enforcement, and government agencies to implement Cast policy priorities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to deliver oral presentations to diverse professionals and audiences.
  • Ability to maintain a cooperative and professional demeanor with Cast staff, board, volunteers, vendors, consultants, allied professionals, policy-makers/staffers, donors, and members of the public.
  • Organized, flexible, and multi-task oriented. Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities. A self-starter that can work within a team environment and handle a variety of tasks with urgent deadlines.
  • Regular travel to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. as needed.
  • Ability to travel, including some overnights. Must have own vehicle including a valid California driver's license and insurance.
  • Commitment to abide by the organizational values, mission, and philosophy of Cast.


  • Successful history (5+ years) of non-profit experience focusing on direct services, outreach & training, and/or public policy.
  • Prior experience working directly with trafficked persons (preferred).
  • Litigation experience (preferred).
  • Experience researching and drafting statutory language, comments on regulations, and agency policy
  • Experience working with state and national policy coalitions.
  • Experience working on systemic agency change at state and local level, including experience developing and implementing countywide protocols.
  • Experience with technology platforms and media strategies that supports policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects and multi-task in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of working with multicultural communities and human rights issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, honest communications, positive attitude, and ability to carry a professional tone.
  • Ability to maintain composure in an organization that regularly provides support to highly traumatized victims.
  • Strong Integrity Analytical/Strategically Organized

To apply, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter, you can also check out other opportunities on our company portal:

Cast is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (Cast) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAST complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

CAST offers generous benefits, including medical, life, paid sick/vacation time, a 403(b) plan, and Supervision for Licensure hours. Additionally, we provide you an opportunity for continued learning through career, professional & personal development, and training along with working with a team of committed individuals, where you are supported and given every chance to succeed.

Cast is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive, life-transforming services to survivors of Human Trafficking and an advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. We are currently on a mission to hire the very best talent…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 3, 2021


Los Angeles, CA, USA

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website:

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website:


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