The San Diego Food System Alliance is seeking an experienced candidate to join the team as the Policy & Advocacy Director, a new leadership role in the organization. The Policy & Advocacy Director will oversee the execution and growth of the Alliance’s policy advocacy work, in partnership with our expansive network of community partners. They will lead the development of a strategic policy agenda and oversee the execution of innovative and high-impact policy campaigns to move San Diego County Food Vision 2030 forward. Working alongside the Network & Advocacy Manager, the Policy & Advocacy Director will lead the development of a community-led policy advocacy approach along with key network partners, as well as food policy leadership and field building initiatives.
Lead the development and implementation of the Food Vision 2030 policy agenda and advocacy strategy, cultivating meaningful relationships with the Alliance network of partners and communities they serve
Design and manage innovative and high-impact policy campaigns, building and facilitating diverse and effective coalitions
Develop strong relationships with politicians and senior agency leadership with key public agencies, primarily City, County, and State levels, building influence and expanding the network of Food Vision 2030 champions
Conduct policy analysis and develop compelling policy briefs and communication tools for various audiences, working in partnership with communications and research teams
Develop and oversee plans to build out a community-led policy advocacy approach along with network partners, as well as food policy leadership and field building initiatives
Proactively contribute to business and organizational development efforts to sustain and grow the Alliance policy advocacy work
Support other Alliance operations functions as needed
Serve as an ambassador for the Alliance and its values
Education, Experience, and Skills
Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience
5+ years of nonprofit or government experience focused on key social, environmental, and racial justice issues with several years in a leadership role
Experience and deep understanding of public systems, policy, and various advocacy approaches including grasstops and grassroots
Proven track record of success leading high-impact, innovative policy advocacy campaigns
Highly organized and ability to juggle many projects simultaneously
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Strong relationship-building skills and ability to coach and support team and network
Passion around the mission, Statement on Justice, and systems change—a must
Work Environment and Physical Demands
Primary office space in downtown East Village but flexible to work from home when needed and other co-work space locations (La Jolla, Encinitas, etc). Work is generally sedentary in nature, but requires moving around for up to 30% of the time and occasional lifting up to 30lbs. Requires reliable access to transportation throughout San Diego County for meetings and events.
This is a full-time role at $70k – $75k starting salary, depending on background and experience. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, dental insurance, and a SIMPLE IRA match program.