Policy Campaign Coach

Public Health Advocates (PHAdvocates) brings a health and equity lens to some of the most important issues of our day. We have two decades of successful state and local campaign experience focusing on prevention and challenging the social, political, and economic systems that perpetuate racial, economic and health disparities. Over the past 20 years, PHAdvocates has helped 200 California cities enact more than 600 local policies. At the state level, we led the campaigns to get soda and junk food out of public schools, fund elementary school physical education, require that restaurants put calorie information on their menus, and fund statewide diabetes prevention. Our current campaigns address critical racial justice issues including childhood trauma, police reform, homelessness, equitable response to COVID, climate change, and addressing racism as a public health issue.

All Children Thrive – California (ACT) is recruiting a candidate to work with cities as a Policy Campaign Coach. This position will play a critical role in helping cities engage, grow, and accelerate communities from what is possible, to realizing their vision for children to thrive. 

The Policy Campaign Coach will be responsible for providing expert technical assistance to support their assigned cities in executing a multi-year local policy campaign. This position also supports ACT’s current coaching team by providing in-house training on policy and government relations best practices. Reports to the Director, All Children Thrive. 


  • Guide Completion of City Work Plans: Utilize policy campaign expertise to advance assigned ACT cities goals and policy activities outlined in city workplans. Provide policy campaign training to city teams for successful implementation of ACT’s model to engage, grow, and accelerate communities’ efforts in realizing their vision for children to thrive 
  • Provide Technical Assistance to City Teams: Support the development of RFA applications; provide project management to ACT-funded projects; discuss the community’s efforts to identify model legislated policy/resolutions related to improving child wellbeing; development of communications plans; integrate training concepts into the community’s policy campaign plans; community organizing; monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of project progress; and troubleshoot and modify activities as challenges arise to support the community’s efforts to adopt and/or implement its selected childhood adversity prevention policy goal 
  • Thought-Partner W/ ACT Coaching Team: Utilize policy campaign expertise to support other coaches in their TA delivery to ACT cities. Provide training, modeling of best practices, and troubleshoot issues in cities where needed 
  • Leverage Policy Expertise for Short & Long-Term Planning: Takes a holistic perspective of the overall coaching model to provide strategic and tactical recommendations that will allow for success with ACT’s current cities, while considering expansion of ACT beyond our current model 
  • Arrange and Coordinate Core & Design Team Meetings and/or Events: Serve as the point of contact for meetings and convenings (e.g., coordinate attendee schedules, procure meeting materials, develop agendas, record meeting minutes) 
  • Research: Gather relevant data and contextual information related to the project 
  • Public Speaking: Attend and present at public events 
  • Track and Report Project Deliverables: Track all outreach activities by maintaining campaign contact lists and archiving policy documents, support letters/cards, presentations, toolkits, etc. 
  • Project Support: Other project duties as assigned 


  • Motivated by a strong sense of achieving racial justice and health equity  
  • 3+ years experience in policy development, policy campaigns, and policy implementation in the non-profit and/or public sector 
  • Previous work within local government (either working for an elected official or city/county department focused on policy and/or budget) 
  • Strong knowledge of how local government functions and in navigating their complexities (i.e. budget process, key administrative functions, relevant departments and how they connect to ACT policies) 
  • Skilled in managing multiple projects; prior experience with project management software a plus 
  • Experience building and managing issue advocacy coalitions 
  • Superb facilitation skills, especially in coalitions with diverse stakeholders (i.e. community, business, non-profit, public sector leaders) 
  • Ability to coach and train others to success in achieving policy goals  
  • Seasoned community organizer who listens, motivates, and brings stakeholders to collective action 
  • Policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills 
  • Highly analytical and able to take data and make recommendations  
  • Resourceful, proactive, flexible team player  


  • $65-86K depending on experience  

Submit cover letter and resume electronically to Sergio Zepeda, Director of Human Resources: SZ@PHAdvocates.org.

Public Health Advocates provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. 

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