Policy Engagement Coordinator

For over 27 years, YWFC has engaged with over 40,000 cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys and, gender-expansive youth, and invested in the leadership and power of youth of color who have been disproportionately affected by various systems in San Francisco and the Bay area. YWFC engagement supports a movement towards systems change through the decriminalization and decarceration of young people. Over the last four years, YWFC has expanded engagement in 4 counties: San Francisco, Alameda/Oakland, Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County with a commitment to invest in the leadership pipeline of directly impacted youth to lead work to decriminalize and decarcerate youth. 

The Policy Engagement Coordinator will work in deep partnership with the Policy Director to support coordination with YWFC Staff, YWFC Policy Leads, and Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, and support the implementation of plans that advance YWFC’s Freedom 2030 Charter agenda and legislative priorities across the state of California. This position’s primary responsibilities include: research and analysis of bills, cross-team coordination, administrative duties to support the Policy Director, such as creating agendas, reports, toolkits, fact sheets and, op-eds to raise awareness to stakeholders and community on decarceration, juvenile justice reform and, other ares related to the Freedom 2030 Charter.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Policy Director with development and execution of legislative agenda and advocacy strategies 
  • Provide research, analysis, and draft responses to a range of policy issues impacting YWFC Freedom 2030 goals 
  • Develop briefing materials and reports (oral and written) to key constituents, YWFC Staff, and community partners, including but not limited to legislative drafts and reports, one-page handouts, and talking points
  • Attend and actively participate in legal hearings, workgroups, and other meetings as needed that advance the goals of YWFC
  • Collaborate with Statewide Organizing Director on grassroots advocacy efforts and stakeholder outreach, including coordination of member testimony, legislative visits, and workgroup meetings 
  • Plan and provide training and technical assistance to YWFC staff, SWFC, and community to enhance education: understanding the legislative process, law impacting Freedom 2030 goals, policy changes during and following legislative sessions 
  • Develop innovative community-based strategies to promote access and involvement for, and participation in legislative processes for historically excluded groups, such as cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive people of color

Administrative Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research, draft, and edit written communications and materials from the Policy Team
  • Draft and share out notes from all Policy Team meetings, commissions, and other workgroups 
  • Coordination and planning of Policy programs and training, including designing and presenting trainings, program management, event coordination, budget development, and public speaking 
  • Facilitation of weekly Policy Team meetings with YWFC Policy Leads 
  • Respond to emails, voice messages, and other correspondence in a timely fashion
  • Participate in general YWFC staff meetings, activities, and other duties as assigned or scheduled
  • Maintain annual and weekly work plans, meet with supervisor regularly for supervision, attend weekly management meetings and any other meetings that may be requested by the Policy Director, and Executive Team on a permanent or temporary basis
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports to the Policy Director and Executive Team on progress of legislation and bills  
  • Ensure the appropriate technology and non-technical tools are being utilized for impact and effectiveness and in a timely manner including; Listserv, email communications, text messaging, data collection systems, postcards, mass mailings, and any other tools to engage, mobilize, and communicate
  • Represent YWFC and perform all work in a culturally affirming manner consistent with YWFC mission, values, and methodology


  • At least two years of experience with state and/ or federal legislative processes, including analysis and monitoring of legislative processes and trends, with an in-depth understanding of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and the foster care systems
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to describe laws and the legislative process to YWFC staff, SWFC, and community constituents with limited use of legal jargon, and ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders 
  • Clear, direct, and diplomatic communication skills, and the ability to empower and communicate with youth and adults from a variety of backgrounds, in person, over the phone, and via email
  • Ability to complete projects efficiently and independently with minimal supervision and direction while managing competing priorities in a fast-paced and highly productive work environment
  • Exceptional organizational, attention to detail, and administrative skills with proficiency working with Google Suites, calendaring, program management and coordination, facilitation, training, and youth development
  • Ability to work long hours during legislative sessions and willingness to travel periodically to events local and/or out of area, as needed

We’d Love it if You Have:

  • A willingness to learn about and analyze new and/ or complex issues 
  • Passion and experience working with diverse communities and those disproportionately impacted by discriminatory policing, incarceration, foster care, poverty, BIPOC youth and adults, and cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive people  
  • Ability to develop personal and professional critical analysis to enhance leadership and policy coordination skills 
  • Experience or desire to engage commissions, task-force, working groups and coalitions
  • A valid Driver’s License 

Apply Now!

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to dj@youngwomenfree.org with ‘Policy Engagement Coordinator_(Last Name)’ in the subject line.

Deadline: May 7, 2021

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.

Position Title: Policy Engagement Coordinator  

Program/ Department: Policy Team  

Work location: Bay Area (with some travel regionally and nationally)

Reports to: Policy Director 

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), permanent, Non-ExemptCompensation: $27.88/hr-$28.85/hr (commensurate with experience)

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