Regional Affairs Manager
Los Angeles, California
The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) is seeking a highly proactive, energetic, and experienced Regional Affairs Manager to further the mission and work of the organization. Reporting to the Regional Affairs Director, and in close coordination with the Senior Vice President and senior staff, the Regional Affairs Manager will lead the Campaign’s regional strategy in the Inland Empire and provide critical support to regional efforts in Los Angeles to significantly improve college access, college-going, college completion, and affordability by strengthening local implementation of statewide policies, building local advocacy capacity, and serving as a higher education resource for these regions.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. Every day, the Campaign fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students enter and complete college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, DC.
The Regional Affairs Manager will serve as the Campaign’s leading advocate, liaison, and expert for the Inland Empire while providing critical support to Los Angeles-based outreach efforts. The position will require flexibility and ability to travel throughout the region frequently.
The successful candidate will have a passion for the transformative power of higher education and a commitment to resolving the inequities in both college access and college completion that persist across race/ethnicity, income, and region in California. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience building and leading advocacy-based coalitions. Familiarity with the political and higher education environments in the Inland Empire is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in the region with key contacts and political savvy coupled with strong public speaking, interpersonal and relationship building skills.
The position will be based in the Los Angeles office. Some additional in-state travel may be required.
More specifically, the Regional Affairs Manager will:
- Ensure that key statewide higher education policies and goals are successfully being implemented in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Through local coalition building the Regional Affairs Manager will work to empower local leaders to bring attention and pressure to the following key issues:
- improving transfer from community colleges to our 4-year universities;
- redesign and improve outcomes in basic skills instruction at community colleges;
- strongly implement guided pathways in community colleges;
- improve graduation rates and close equity gaps across community colleges, the California State Universities, and University of California campuses; and
- support local initiatives that significantly increase college preparation, access, completion, and affordability.
- Build a local coalition and cadre of advocates in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire empowered to affect significant improvement in college access, success and affordability. Develop relationships with local college campus leaders including trustees, Presidents, faculty leaders, student leaders, and administrative leaders. Regularly attend governance meetings, hearings, and other relevant events. Develop relationships with external stakeholders interested in higher education including local civil rights, community and business leaders, and attend and participate in local meetings and events to deepen engagement in higher education efforts. Convene partners for briefings and development of a local plan to improve college access, success and affordability.
- Present the organization’s latest research to local leaders to inform local initiatives. Secure support for recommendations laid out in the research and engage partners in activities such as early review of research, petition-signing, co-releaser opportunities, social and traditional media opportunities, and presentation opportunities.
- Activate local stakeholders to participate in the Campaign’s statewide legislative efforts in Sacramento by writing letters of support for legislation, joining local and Sacramento meetings with legislators and staff, engaging the media to raise awareness, and creating a regional movement in support of specific policies. Direct college and regional leaders to expert guidance and support as they develop proposals for student equity plans, basic skills grant opportunities, etc.
- Monitor statewide policy implementation at the regional level and work with senior team to develop goals for regional improvement;
- Build relationships and conduct outreach to business, civil rights, student, and community leaders to influence change toward improved college access, college-going, and college completion in the Inland Empire;
- Mobilize local coalitions to support policies or implementation of policies through advocacy campaigns that could include, but are not limited to, letters of support, calls and meetings with elected officials, public testimony, letters to the editor, and opinion editorials;
- Be comfortable speaking in public, providing testimony in front of governing bodies, and crafting timely communications to inform and sustain local coalitions including advocacy alerts, blogs, fact sheets, best practices, and policy briefs;
- Organize and lead regional events such as roundtables, community panels, and news conferences;
- Increase public awareness of the Campaign through maintaining relationships with local officials and their staff, community leaders, and local media;
- Represent the Campaign at relevant policy and community events;
- As necessary, provide one-on-one advocacy coaching, media training, public speaking support to coalition partners;
- Provide regional update reports to senior leadership as needed; and,
- Other duties as needed to support the mission of the Campaign.
- A Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public affairs, communications, education or other related field;
- A minimum of five years of relevant work experience (in outreach, advocacy, or community organizing);
- Excellent oral and written communications skills;
- Knowledge of the local education and political landscape; existing contacts in the Inland Empire a plus;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office;
- Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail;
- Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand;
- Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, team-oriented environment.
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $50,000 to $55,000. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.
The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning February 12, 2018. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Regional Affairs Manager” in the subject line by email to:
Stacey Holderbach, Development and Administrative Manager
All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit original writing and work samples, and provide three professional references.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume.
No phone calls please.