Policy Associate (CFPA)

Note: California Food Policy Advocates is hiring either a Policy Advocate or a Policy Associate. To read the Policy Advocate job description, click here.

Duties and Responsibilities

Daily activities may include:

  • Promoting CFPA’s agendas among government agencies, decision makers, and community stakeholders with support from staff;
  • Engaging with a variety of community organizations, individuals, and external partners
  • Helping to gather stories and stakeholder perspectives; analyze data, and synthesize research or other evidence to inform proposed and existing policies;
  • Contributing to policy memos, factsheets, reports, and other written publications as well as summarizing content into visually appealing materials for a variety of audiences;
  • Actively developing the skills and knowledge necessary to independently promote CFPA’s agendas and advocate policy change;
  • Providing logistic and programmatic support for a variety of projects, policy campaigns, and day-to-day operations; and
  • Carrying out grant deliverables and contributing to grant proposals and grant reports.

Note: To carry out the above responsibilities, same-day travel within the state is required. Occasional overnight travel is required. Travel requirements will vary by project and assignments and are not always predictable.


Required skills and experience

  • At least three years of relevant work experience. Relevant coursework may contribute to this requirement -OR-
  • Bachelor's degree and one year of relevant work experience;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and think critically;
  • The ability to work independently, coordinate projects, and respond appropriately to multiple priorities;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Google Docs, and Internet browsers; and
  • A strong commitment to improving nutrition, health, and well-being for low-income Californians through policy change.

Desired skills and experience

  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income populations
  • Experience working with advocates or other organizations addressing poverty, health, nutrition or a related social movement
  • Working knowledge of legislative and/or government decision- and budget-making processes
  • An understanding of and a willingness to address institutional and structural racism, implicit and explicit bias, and their impacts on under-resourced and underrepresented communities
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities, in policy, programmatic, or operational decisions
  • Experience considering the impacts of proposed and existing policies or programs on multiple communities, particularly under-resourced and under-represented communities
  • Experience with GoogleApps and WordPress
  • Demonstrated fluency and/or literacy in more than one language a plus

To Apply

All applicants must complete this short survey link. No exceptions.

In addition, applicants must send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include your full name when labeling files/attachments (e.g. [First Name]-[Last Name]-CoverLetter)

We believe lived experiences with hunger, poverty, and inequity can provide uniquely valuable insight to this position, to our organization, and to the broader anti-hunger & anti-poverty movements. With this in mind, applicants for this position have the option to share their lived experiences that are relevant to our mission and work. Applicants who decide to describe such lived experience may do so in their cover letter, or if more space is needed, in a separate statement that is one page or less in length. This statement can be submitted as an attachment along with a resume and cover letter.

Making progress towards our mission means addressing social inequities that perpetuate hunger, poverty, and other harmful outcomes. Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion is both a core value and an important strategy for our organization. With this in mind, applicants have the option to share their vision for, commitment to, or experience with advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicants may include these details in their cover letter, or if more space is needed, in a separate statement that is one page or less in length. This statement may be submitted as an attachment along with a resume and cover letter.

To streamline review, please submit all application documents together at one time.

CFPA is actively working to build a talented team that’s inclusive of diverse cultures, experiences, and communities. Underrepresented individuals and those with a personal connection to our mission are encouraged to apply. All applicants are given careful consideration.


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