Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Policy & Advocacy · Modesto, California
Department Policy & Advocacy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $40K-$50K

Company Overview:

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) was founded in 2013 with the mission to increase the number of young men of color (YMOC) to attend and graduate from colleges and universities. We envision a nation in which young men of color are overrepresented in higher education, underrepresented in the criminal justice system, and leaders in their communities. With remarkable resilience, authenticity, and passion, we work to combat academic inequities and build a college-to-community pipeline.

Position Overview:

The 1300 Campaign is a regional policy initiative managed by IYT in partnership with the Sierra Health Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento (MBK Sacramento), and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The Campaign is a call to permanently transform systems that have historically limited young men of color’s opportunities. Working together with local leaders and organizations, the 1300 Campaign seeks to increase the number of young men of color who attend and graduate from college.

Reporting to the Central Valley Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, the Policy and Advocacy Specialist serves as the regional point of contact for implementing, communicating, coordinating, and organizing efforts for the 1300 Campaign throughout Merced County, Stanislaus County, and San Joaquin County. The Specialist will have the ability to organize a diverse representation of the community to achieve progress on the priorities set forth by the 1300 Campaign strategic plan to increase college and university access for YMOC.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and support the implementation and execution of the 1300 Campaign in Merced County 
  • Identify and develop community leaders to participate in an Executive Strategy Committee through one-on-ones and other forms of community engagement
  • Conduct regular outreach to build awareness and maintain participation in the Executive Strategy Committee and in the Campaign
  • Ensure alignment of day-to-day activities with campaign goals, objectives outcomes, and framework, including achieving contractual obligations outlined in grants and contracts
  • Support the development and use of communication and marketing materials effective for serving the local community
  • Identify and develop parent and student leaders through one-on-one and small group meetings
  • Train students and parents on the legislative process, community organization, political communication, and other advocacy strategies to enact policy change
  • Network with other local groups that are organizing education and social justice campaigns
  • Maintain and utilize campaign evaluation results through Salesforce
  • Regularly conduct outreach to elected officials at all levels to raise awareness of and support for the regional Campaign
  • Facilitate meetings with local school boards to implement memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and pass resolutions in support of the Campaign
  • Other duties as assigned


Must Haves

  • Have a passion for IYT’s mission, vision, and values
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and research skills
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working in politics, policy, education, or community organizing
  • Strong network of educational policy contacts
  • Demonstrated coalition-building skills with the ability to explain, advocate, and articulate facts and ideas in a persuasive manner
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and able to handle competing deadlines
  • Must live in or be willing to move to Merced or Stanislaus County, with a knowledge of regional educational challenges and initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of an engaged policy team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Desired qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with Salesforce data management tool
  • Ability to think strategically about Campaign goals and implementation strategy


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution is required. 


At least one year of experience working in politics, policy, or community organizing, or a combination of any of the above, is required. Two or more years in the above field(s) strongly preferred. 


This is a full-time exempt position. Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5PM. Occasional work after regularly scheduled hours and on weekends is required. Some travel will be required.

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $40,000 - $50,000 and is commensurate with experience. IYT offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance, 401k option, life insurance, five weeks of paid vacation, and mileage reimbursement for approved work-related travel.

Apply online at www.improveyourtomorrow.org/careers by December 17th. If you have questions about your application, please contact (916)-299-3432 or iyt@improveyourtomorrow.org.

**NOTE: Employment with Improve Your Tomorrow requires a COVID-19 vaccine, fingerprinting, and the ability to pass a background check, with expenses covered by the employer. A valid driver license, a personal vehicle, and auto insurance are also required.

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  • Location
    Modesto, California
  • Department
    Policy & Advocacy
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