Public Affairs and Policy Manager

Posted November 30, 2016 by Saryn Francis

Young People For: Public Affairs and Policy Manager

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversify leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young change-makers are sustained in their leadership over the long term. Over the past decade, YP4 has invested in more than 1,650 young, progressive leaders pursuing and promoting social justice in communities and on campuses across the country.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Director of Young People For.


  • Lead the Public Affairs and Advocacy team and manage the Policy & Civic Engagement Associate and the Communications Associate
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all Public Affairs and Advocacy program initiatives including: the Alumni Board, local alumni networks, alumni giving, the Career Center, the Vote program, the Youth Courts Matter Initiative, and YP4’s communication efforts.
  • Oversee curriculum development, trainings, and day-to-day management of the YP4 Civic Engagement and Vote Program, a national voter education and engagement initiative focused on building long-term political power around local and state elections.
  • Spearhead YP4’s trailblazing Courts Matter Initiative, an effort to engage young folks in a conversation around the political importance of the judiciary — including the planning of a one-day summit, strategic partner relationships in the progressive movement, and the development of unique messaging around the courts tailored to young people.
  • Work collaboratively with the Fellowship department to provide alumni engagement with the Fellowship, particularly with the mentorship program and at regional trainings and the annual national summit.
  • Build and sustain strong local, state, regional and national relationships that effectively engage alumni in YP4 programming organize and connect them to one another and to the larger progressive movement, and support them in their personal and professional goals.
  • Manage—and where necessary evaluate and update—data collection on alumni engagement, progress, and impact.
  • Support the Public Affairs and Advocacy team to develop new and innovative strategies to maintain YP4 alumni connections amongst peers and the broader progressive movement, including online and in-person activities.
  • Collaboratively with the YP4 staff, identify the critical professional development issues facing young progressive leaders and develop programs, materials and resources to address those issues for diverse audiences.
  • Conduct state legislative analysis related to the issue areas outlined in the Young People For website; research and prepare state policy briefs, fact sheets, public education campaign materials and all other policy related publications;
  • Represent the policy interests of Young People For, coordinate efforts with the various civic engagement coalitions and partner organizations, and oversee the strategic engagement of those relationships in order to contribute to our efforts and overall success.
  • Serve as liaison for the Young People For Alumni and Fellowship community by responding to state policy needs and communicating federal policies and actions that impact states and local communities and vice-versa;
  • Provide policy vision and insight to the YP4 team and community
  • Serve as the internal point of contact for the alumni department within PFAW Foundation.
  • Support efforts to strengthen relationships with key local, state, and national partnerships/alliances to influence programming to further the mission and vision of Young People For.
  • Work closely with and support the Director of YP4 in her role as the principal voice of Young People For, provide both material/content as well as thought partnership;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Young People For and the Public Affairs and Advocacy department team, develop and manage department budget, set and monitor annual department goals, and train and support department  staff to meet their professional and leadership goals.
  • Support the Director of YP4 in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective communications strategies designed to enhance and elevate the mission of Young People For.
  • Serve as the primary content developer for YP4 in producing varied and integrated communications products, including website, print publications, and social media content


  • 3-5 years of experience in public affairs and policy/advocacy, including experience in community/student organizing
  • Experience managing integrated social media channels.
  • Extensive knowledge of YP4 issues with experience in policy advocacy and coalition building.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience through various mediums, including email, conference calls, and public speaking engagements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Strong commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent written communications skills.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications, experience with online communities, and interest in web-based tools to advance progressive causes.
  • Demonstrated staff management experience including ability to supervise, motivate and evaluate staff is desirable.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and present in a usable format.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and to work additional hours when needed.
  • Experience drafting curriculum and offering workshops, trainings, and/or facilitation required.
  • Flexibility, resourcefulness, ability to manage multiple projects and/or events, and meet frequent deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community, and a commitment to the issues People For the American Way Foundation of Young People For.
  • College degree required