Policy Associate


#cut50 is a national bipartisan effort co-founded by Van Jones and Jessica Jackson to reduce crime and incarceration in all 50 states by translating local needs into smart safety solutions.  We bring together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement.  By recognizing the humanity of those impacted, we can change laws in order to create safer streets and more peaceful neighborhoods.

Key Responsibilities:

#cut50 seeks a Policy Associate with strong written and verbal communication skills to support our bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts in California, Washington DC, and across the country.

The Associate will help develop and implement our policy priorities and legislative strategy, craft grassroots campaigns, and liaise with elected leaders and  build coalitions with grassroots and policy experts in local, state and federal jurisdictions nationwide  to introduce, pass, and support criminal justice legislation.

Candidates must be strong writers, have excellent research skills, and comfortable working under multiple, competing deadlines. We seek individuals who have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system and/or are deeply committed to bipartisan reform efforts. We also look for people comfortable working with a small, fast-paced and highly dedicated team.

#cut50’s Goals:

  • Change the narrative: leverage the power of media and storytelling to generate empathy for the millions of people impacted by our criminal justice system.

  • Seize the momentum: Capitalize on bipartisan support by cultivating a coalition of elected officials, public supporters, and advocates across the political spectrum.

  • Make a case for action: Mobilize a community of supporters to influence elected officials to support transformative criminal justice policy.

  • Inform the public: Help build better understanding of the issue with mainstream audiences

Primary Duties:

  • Support the execution and management of events, briefings, and issue advocacy campaigns.

  • Support the facilitation of complex coalition and stakeholder consensus building processes.

  • Build strong working relationships with partners and staffers

  • Participate in strategic conversations with external stakeholders

  • Attend meetings on behalf of #cut50

  • Work with senior leadership and strategic partners to design and implement outreach campaigns

  • Monitor progress of planned activities and provide regular reports demonstrating effectiveness of the outreach campaign.

  • Build and maintain exceptional relationships with policy-makers, program partners, coalitions, and advocates.

  • Write letters, policy products, newsletters and develop other materials as necessary.

  • Monitor state and local level policies and understand state policy landscape.

  • Write blog posts, op-eds, and social media posts.

  • Develop proposals, letters of intent, memos, concept papers, budgets, and other materials to strategically pursue new opportunities

Candidates should possess:

  • BA/BS required, M.A./M.S. preferred

  • Minimum of 3 years work experience

  • Direct knowledge of public policy and legislative processes

  • Ability to work effectively with public officials and a variety of stakeholders including grassroots groups, advocates and researchers.

  • An understanding of the role of social media, traditional media, and digital advocacy.

  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to present information in a variety of formats and styles

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills; with keen attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with the criminal justice system

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent writing and editing skills


How to Apply:

This full-time salaried position will be located in our Sausalito and Oakland offices. The position is a one year position, potentially renewable. Some travel may be required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Applications@dreamcorps.us with “#cut50 Communications Associate” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please tell us 1) Why you want to work with us 2) Why you are a good fit for this particular position 3) How your previous work or life experience prepared you for this role. Please cc Alex@cut50.org 

Salary is competitive and standard benefits are provided. Dream Corps is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.


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