The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Cast) is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive, life-transforming services to survivors of human trafficking and an advocate for groundbreaking public policy informed by the survivors we serve. As the first organization presented with the U.S. Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in 2014, we are currently on a mission to hire the very best talent committed to systems change and elevating survivor voices to shape public policy and awareness to end human trafficking. If you are looking to join an innovative and mission-driven organization, look no further!
Cast is excited to announce the Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy position. This individual is responsible for the development of Cast's policy strategies and program infrastructure, and providing direction and leadership to Cast's local, state, and federal policy agenda that is informed by its survivor-centered programs. Collaboration is essential in this role. Working in partnership with survivor leaders, staff, and ally coalitions, this highly responsible position will build a robust grassroots advocacy program to leverage our assets and strengthen our policy impact.
This individual will be responsible for implementing Cast's policy agenda in alignment with the organization's strategic growth plan and values of diversity, equity and inclusion, justice, and belonging. As the organization grows, you will contribute to proposals, grant applications, and external communications that amplify our policy perspective and demonstrate our stakeholder collaboration.
Cast has been a leader in progressive anti-trafficking policy initiatives since 1998. Most recently, Cast led a relentless coalition, including our Sacramento-based pro bono lobby firm, survivors, celebrity ambassadors, policymakers, and partners, resulting in tripling our state budget request to secure $30M for 21 service providers to serve survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional survivor-informed policy successes include: AB 629 (Smith/Gonzalez) Victim compensation: Ensuring Access to Lost Income for Human Trafficking Survivors, AB 1735 (Bauer-Kahan) Human Trafficking Caseworker Privilege, SB 630 (Stern) Human Trafficking: Hotline Posting Enforcement. Visit our castla.org/policy for more information on Cast's public policy initiatives.
Ending modern slavery through education, advocacy and empowering survivors of human trafficking.
What you'll do:
- Develop, implement and build Cast's policy program on a local, statewide, and national level. Assess and implement where global advocacy and collaboration is needed to fulfill policy goals.
- Plan, develop and execute Cast's public policy agenda. Plan future policy agendas with emphasis on long-term strategic change and collaboration with survivor leaders and allied networks. Submit plan to CEO for annual approval.
- Collaborate with Cast's pro bono lobbyist on strategy. Increase and manage pro bono support for policy research or written policy positions.
- Develop and implement short-term and long-term creative legislative, administrative, and court strategies to better protect human trafficking survivors and ensure access to services and justice.
- Advocate within LA City, LA County, California State and Federal Appropriations process to bring more federal and state resources to the organization and to anti-trafficking efforts.
- Build and strengthen advocacy partnerships, and work collaboratively with local, state and federal partners to advocate for policy reform and systemic agency change that emphasizes the human rights of trafficked persons.
- Collaborate with pro bono lobbyist and communications team on comprehensive policy communications strategy and talking points.
- Keep CEO abreast of important movement dynamics and make recommendations, and submit for CEO approval for public responses, including media requests.
- Develop campaigns that bring awareness to Cast's work and issues affecting survivors of human trafficking. Develop strategy to increase number of supporters and ways to mobilize them.
- Heavy Administrative tasks include electronic communication, emails, drafting documents, proposals, proofreading; advance knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products, such as, Outlook, Word & Excel is a plus.
- Must accept all home-based, offsite-working conditions including submitting period reports, work-plan with performance and benchmarking standards, communication plan with CEO.
- Driving is an essential function of the job. Employee is required to confirm vehicle registration, valid driver's license and adequate insurance coverage to conduct company business.
- Other duties as identified and assigned.
What you bring:
We are looking for creative candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to help transform the lives of survivors. You'll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level. We expect our Head of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy to bring in the following:
- At least five years' experience working within the anti-trafficking movement or similar space, and a minimum of seven years advocating for public policy.
- Thorough understanding of and experience working on issues of intersectionality and movement building.
- Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, county, and city legislative processes and experience working on legislative policy reform and/or budget.
- Excellent record of accomplishment in developing cooperative relationships with legislative partners and agencies.
- Ability and commitment to work effectively and collaboratively with survivor leaders, legal and community-based organizations, pro bono lawyers, law enforcement, and government agencies to implement Cast policy priorities.
- Commitment to and experience in serving the needs of exploited minors, at-risk youth, human trafficking victims and/or vulnerable migrants.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to deliver oral presentations to diverse professionals and audiences.
- Ability to maintain cooperative and professional demeanor with Cast staff, board, volunteers, vendors, consultants, allied professionals, policy-makers/staffers, donors, and members of the public.
- Organized, flexible, and multi-task oriented. Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities. A self-starter that can work within a team environment and handle a variety of tasks with urgent deadlines.
- Regular travel to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., some international travel required.
- Ability to travel, including some overnights. Must have own vehicle including a valid California driver's license and insurance.
- Commitment to abide by the organizational values, mission and philosophy of Cast.
- Willingness to abide by the mission and philosophy of Cast.
- Successful history (5+ years) of non-profit advocacy program management, managing government relations, and/or key leadership role in community-driven advocacy.
- Successful record in collaborating with people with lived experiences, and working in trauma-informed spaces. Successful history of working in partnership with local, state and national policy coalitions. International development work a plus.
- Experience applying evidence-based approaches to research and draft statutory language, comments on regulations, and agency policy.
- Experience working on systemic agency change at state and local level, including experience developing and implementing city or countywide protocols and standards.
- Experience with technology platforms and media strategies that supports policy initiatives.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects and multi-task in a fast-paced working environment.
- Demonstrated knowledge of working with multicultural communities and human rights issues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, honest communications, positive and strength-based viewpoints, and ability to carry a professional tone. A team player.
- Ability to maintain composure in an organization that regularly provides support to highly traumatized survivors; knowledge in trauma-informed approaches and willingness to learn.
- Ability to thrive in a mission-driven environment.
- Strong Integrity Analytical/Strategically Organized.
- Litigation experience preferred.
To apply, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter, you can also check out other opportunities on our company portal: https://castla.applicantpro.com/jobs/,
Cast is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (Cast) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAST complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
CAST offers generous benefits, including medical, life, paid sick/vacation time, a 403(b) plan, and Supervision for Licensure hours. Additionally, we provide you an opportunity for continued learning through career, professional & personal development, and training along with working with a team of committed individuals, where you are supported and given every chance to succeed.
Cast highly encourages survivors of slavery and human trafficking to apply. Cast also encourages women, BIPOC, LGBTQI+ , and people with disabilities to apply.