Policy and Communications Associate

Policy/Communications Associate



Founded in 2001, CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to advance social, economic and environmental justice for the people of the California Central Coast, based in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. CAUSE’s work is intersectional, multi-issue and multi-strategy including policy research, leadership development, organizing, coalition building and advocacy.



CAUSE is currently seeking a Policy/Communications Associate responsible for analysis and advocacy around local, state, and federal policy issues and new and traditional media communications. The position’s initial focus will be immigrant rights policy, communications and coordinating the local Central Coast Immigrant Rights Coalition (CCIRC). The position will be supervised by the Policy and Communications Director and will work closely with CAUSE’s organizing team to provide policy analysis and communications support for organizing campaigns around local social, economic, and environmental justice issues.  The position will be preferably based in our downtown Santa Barbara office.


Policy and communications support responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Producing research briefs for publication on social, economic, and environmental justice policy issues to share with policymakers, reporters, and allies
  • Providing research and policy support for CAUSE organizers’ campaign needs
  • Translating complex policy documents into accessible presentations, fact sheets, and trainings for CAUSE grassroots leaders
  • Producing written and multimedia content for CAUSE’s online presence including mass emails, webpages, social media posts, etc.
  • Graphic design of flyers, posters, infographics, fact sheets, etc. to support CAUSE organizers
  • Writing press advisories, press releases, op-eds, organizing press conferences and working with local reporters to increase regional media coverage of social, economic, and environmental justice issues
  • Assisting CAUSE staff and grassroots leaders with preparation for media interviews and speaking in public forums
  • Working with local partner organizations and state and national coalitions on behalf of CAUSE
  • Assisting with and conducting grant proposal writing and reporting


CCIRC coordination responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative assessment of the Central Coast immigrant rights movement, its strengths and opportunities for strategic impact
  • Integrating new and existing organizations’ capacity to build the Central Coast’s immigrant rights movement, rooted in local grassroots immigrant organizing
  • Organizing regional and local CCIRC strategic efforts, campaigns and actions, in partnership that builds organizational capacity



  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent required
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience including policy analysis and advocacy around social, economic, and environmental justice issues required
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for social, economic and/or environmental justice
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills including large-group public speaking and formal writing for publication
  • Experience with using Microsoft Office computer programs (Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Excel) as well as web-based Google applications (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangout)
  • Multimedia skills such as graphic design and video production preferred
  • Familiarity with accessing public databases such as Census data preferred
  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds, preferred experience working within Latino immigrant communities
  • Ability to interact professionally with elected officials, donors, board members, leaders of ally organizations, and news reporters
  • Strategic and analytical approach to political issues
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time
  • Flexibility and ability to work weekends, and be able to travel throughout region, state and nation.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Valid drivers’ license, car insurance and dependable access to a car to drive for work required.


This position has flexible hours and may include evening and weekend work.


Depending on experinnce, the salary range for this position is $39,500 to $45,750 per year. Local nonprofit competitive compensation includes paid holidays, vacation, bereavement, sick time, comprehensive health benefits including medical and dental, as well as a monthly stipend for use of cellphone and car.



CAUSE will be accepting resumes through Friday, June 2nd.  Interview process will include two rounds with CAUSE senior staff.  Please e-mail resumes with cover letter to Lucas Zucker at Include two writing samples, one each in English and Spanish, with a maximum of 4 pages.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.



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