Job Opening: State Policy Associate - Caring Across Generations


State Policy Associate

Position: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Policy and Government Affairs Manager
Salary: Range is $60,000 – $70,000/year
Start Date: As soon as possible
Work Location: Remote – Based in Los Angeles, Sacramento, or San Francisco


About Caring Across Generations:

Caring Across Generations (CAG) is an intersectional campaign working to make care more affordable and accessible at every stage of life, while making sure caregivers are treated with respect and dignity. Founded in 2011 by workers’ rights activists Sarita Gupta and Ai-jen Poo, we’re focused on creating change in three ways: organizing a powerful movement of the Caring Majority, fighting for groundbreaking policy at the state and federal level, and changing hearts and minds through storytelling and leveraging pop culture. We were behind the historic win to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, and in 2018, helped Washington state create the nation’s first universal public program for long-term care.

About the Position:

The State Policy Associate will serve as a member of the Policy and Government Affairs Team, working with the Policy and Government Affairs Manager to research, analyze, and help develop policy to advance CAG’s state and national initiatives and policy goals, with a particular focus on California and other West Coast states. The State Policy Associate will maintain a portfolio of relationships with state and national organizations and coalitions to advance and elevate our work. They will draw on the latest research and data to develop strategies to do advance state policy. They will collaborate with other team members in researching, writing, editing, and publishing briefs and reports, and in presenting at briefings and conferences.

In addition to writing and research, the State Policy Associate will lead on state specific projects as determined by the Policy and Government Affairs Manager. The State Policy Associate will also maintain and grow relationships on behalf of Caring Across Generations with policymakers, national and state organizations, and coalitions. This position is expected to be or become knowledgeable on issues we work on, which include universal social insurance, long-term care, home and community-based services, Medicaid and Medicare, child care and early learning, and Paid Family Medical Leave.


  • Building and maintaining strategic relationships with policy makers, NGOs, leading policy and political experts, and CAG and CAG-adjacent constituents
  • Implementing our state policy research agenda (current activities include three major research projects and engagement in a statewide coalition table)
  • Project managing/overseeing the work of two to four research and policy consultants
  • Monitoring legislative proposals, state political environments, and trends
  • Supporting field partners’ strategic policy goals in ways such as writing comments for relevant comment letters and developing sign-on letters to relevant legislation
  • Monitoring state and federal policy proposals, bills and amendments and translating them for both internal and external audiences
  • Attending relevant hearings, committee meetings, briefings and symposiums on state and federal legislation
  • Speaking at partner events on eldercare, workforce and family caregiver issues
  • Writing and assisting in the creation of memos, research papers, and other advocacy and support materials on topics relevant to CAG and CAG field partners
  • Managing a portfolio of federal Hill relationships and assisting with state and federal lobbying activities
  • Identifying and assisting with ways to promote state and federal legislative priorities to West Coast state and federal legislators.


We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, can be self-directed, and have strong project management skills. You should have:

  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A demonstrated ability of getting things done within a set timeline
  • A demonstrated ability to problem-solve and make progress on projects even in the face of obstacles
  • Experience managing multiple projects and ability to oversee consultants
  • The ability to research and land the primary contents of internal and external facing products
  • The ability to value the work and the people doing the work equally
  • The self-agency and drive to pursue answers and clarity necessary to move work across the finish line
  • A demonstrated race- and gender-centered equity analysis
  • A commitment to dismantle white supremacy
    The ability to learn our relevant issues quickly
  • A demonstrated ability to time management, prioritization of work, and clear professional practices of work/life/wellness management
  • A persistent commitment to collaborate internally and externally
  • The ability to manage yourself and name and pursue your needs in a fast-paced environment that may warrant strategic shifts based on moving windows of opportunity
  • The confidence and ability to speak/present in front of groups of varying sizes

Knowledge of health care policy issues and prior experience in a political, legislative, and organizing environment are plusses but are not requirements.

Pending COVID-19 safety and restrictions, this person must be able to travel to key internal and external CAG events, meetings, convenings, conferences, and key lobbying activities that may occur in DC. Must also be able to travel to meet with identified strategic partners in California and in other states.

How to Apply

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until it is filled, but preference will be given to those who apply by midnight ET on November 22, 2020.

Please send application materials to Applications should include:

  • A resume
  • Answers to the following questions in lieu of a cover letter:
    • What is your motivation for applying to this role? (suggested word limit: 200)
    • What is your experience building stakeholder engagement opportunities and policy tables with a racial and gender equity lens (suggested word limit: 200)
    • Please share a writing sample.

Compensation, Benefits and Work Schedule

This is a full-time, exempt position, with occasional evening and weekend work based on need. The salary range is set at $60,000-70,000. We have offices in Washington DC and New York City, and this position is based in California.

Caring Across Generations is a project of, and fiscally sponsored by, National Domestic Workers Alliance. NDWA offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

Generous Benefits, including 5+ weeks of paid time off annually, including 3 weeks of office closure, most federal holidays, 12 days of vacation, and 12 sick days (prorated to the start date)