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Policy Director at California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) - 15786

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Policy Director
California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
Sacramento , CA ,
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Job Description: 

The California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is looking for a Policy Director who is passionate about agriculture, the environment and social justice, who understand the power of public policy as a driver of change, and who is ready to join us at a dynamic time when the imperative to tackle climate change has never been more urgent.

The Policy Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of CalCAN’s integrated strategy to advance organic and sustainable agriculture policy solutions to address the climate crisis. The Policy Director coordinates and supports the CalCAN team on all research, bill drafting, lobbying, and legislative and administrative policy development. They report to the Executive Director and works collaboratively as a member of CalCAN’s seven-person team.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Policy & Strategy Development & Implementation:
● Develop an analysis of policy perspectives, options, threats, and opportunities, and consult with other CalCAN staff, coalition members and advisors to develop annual policy initiatives and a long-range policy platform aligned with the mission and guiding principles of CalCAN
● Coordinate CalCAN input on California’s climate change policy initiatives and plans
● Lead CalCAN and other coalition efforts on annual state budget campaigns
● Draft legislation, policy briefings, testimony, and comment letters, and train and mentor policy advocates in those activities
● Serve as a resource person for all staff on climate and agriculture policy issues
● Supervise CalCAN’s other policy staff and direct the work of CalCAN’s contract lobbyist
● Represent CalCAN before the state legislature and state agencies
● Cultivate relationships with policymakers, regulators, and their staff and educate and represent CalCAN positions
● Work with the CalCAN team to organize lobby days, briefings, workshops and meetings
● Keep apprised of state and federal policy and issues at the nexus of agriculture, climate change and social justice

Media and Communications:
● Collaborate on communications tactics (e.g., social media, blogs, publications, policy briefs) to strategically advance CalCAN’s legislative and administrative policy campaigns
● Serves as CalCAN’s traditional media spokesperson on policy topics
● Represent CalCAN at conferences, hearings and other forums as needed

Coalition Building and Partnering:
● Communicate and coordinate with the CalCAN coalition, advisors, CalCAN work groups, and alliances on strategy and network priorities
● Coordinate with all staff to expand, engage and track CalCAN’s network of stakeholder partners, coalitions and working groups
● Contribute to the implementation of the 2022-2024 Social Justice Operations Plan

Fund Development:
● Provide editorial input on grant proposals and reports
● Attend key funder meetings
● Collaborate with the Executive Director on donor cultivation

Team Building:
• Participate in weekly all-staff meetings and social justice trainings and discussions
• Collaborate on organizing coalition and advisory council meetings and annual retreats
• Contribute to a collaborative organizational culture that attracts, engages, motivates, and retains a diverse, highly qualified and effective team and network
• Play a constructive leadership role in CalCAN’s growth and development, and the continual honing of the organization’s strategies and framing

Education & Experience: 

• Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with sustainable agriculture and/or climate change, and a commitment to social justice
• Several years of experience in legislative and administrative policy arenas (e.g., drafting legislation, writing briefs and comment letters, testifying, managing policy campaigns)
• Commitment and experience working in strategic coalitions or networks as an organizing strategy for advancing policy change
• Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills
• Training and/or work experience utilizing communications tools and traditional and social media in an advocacy setting
• Management experience supervising staff
• Self-directed, entrepreneurial and collaborative work style
• Willingness to work around a demanding legislative schedule and administrative deadlines
• Strong project management skills and the ability to stay on deadline while managing multiple projects

Application Instructions: 

Please submit a resume, a recent writing sample (five pages maximum), a cover letter highlighting your experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, and 3-5 references (whom we will not contact without notifying you). Email your materials to Interview preference will be given to those applying prior to June 30.

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