Policy Director

Create CA

Pasadena / Remote

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Create CA is seeking a passionate, dynamic, and collaborative leader in the new position of Policy
Director. The right candidate will be articulate about the issues surrounding education systems change,
and creative about strategies to engage stakeholders and guide actions that disrupt the roadblocks to
ensuring all California students have the right to a well-rounded education that includes the arts.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Policy & Organizational Leadership
● Skilled at strategic planning, goal setting, project management and tracking the ongoing
measurement of key performance indicators
● Keep apprised of significant events and pending legislation that may affect education policy and
delivery as well as coordinate with lobbyist and coalition partners on legislative
● Able to actively address diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values for the organization at all
levels – from organization mission, to partnership, to organizing and supporting a circle of
advocates that reflect the students and families attending California schools today
● Ensure successful and productive implementation of strategies at the direction of the Executive
● Collaborate with Create CA staff colleagues, Board members and partners to plan and facilitate
standing committee meetings, conducting follow-up and providing task management support
for committee members. Tasks include:
o Creating agendas in collaboration with committee chairs
o Disseminating meeting agendas and support materials to committee members
o Providing summary of committee meeting and follow up actions
● Write policy briefs as well as support writing of funder proposals/reports and public
● Participates in regular staff meetings, retreats and trainings

Outreach & Partnership
● Ensure all state partners are included in the planning and implementation of Create CA
initiatives and programs in a timely manner in order to achieve a healthy collective impact
● Connect and engage new partners and their stakeholders to Create CA
● Represent Create CA at public events and meetings
● Respond to public inquiries in a timely and professional manner
Knowledge & Abilities
● An excellent leader of people, group processes, and strategy
● Knowledge of and passion for arts education
● Knowledge of the California public education system and federal educational policy
● Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity
● Ability to act independently, think strategically and creatively, and plan proactively
● Excellent writing, public speaking, and presentation skills
● A seasoned facilitator and convener who is collaborative in approach and style, able to engage a
diverse group of stakeholders
● Highly motivated, organized, detailed, and able to prioritize tasks and manage competing
● Experience translating data and evaluation results into meaningful and accessible presentations
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
● Minimum seven years of related experience
● Proficiency with MS Office, Google Workspace and video conferencing platforms
● Honesty, integrity and ability to adapt to change
● Valid California driver’s license

Position Specifications & Benefits
● Full-time employee
● Competitive annual salary commensurate to applicant’s experience (Range of $105K - $120K)
● Benefits include: Medical, Dental and Vision coverage, 401(k) plan participation and matching,
as well as Sick, Vacation and Holiday pay
● Create CA is committed to employee professional development and supports opportunities for
training and growth
● Create CA’s offices are located in Pasadena, CA. However, this position is possible to be fulfilled
remotely and could be located anywhere in California.
● The position requires regular travel throughout California and to select national conferences or
other events

Application Process
To apply, submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Policy Director”:

● Resume
● Cover letter
● Writing sample (e.g. policy paper, newsletter article, marketing copy, grant application, or
similar development correspondence)

Applicants will be contacted only if the applicant’s skills match the job requirements. The preferred
position start date is August 1, 2021, but the date is negotiable. No calls please.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Create CA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Create CA seeks diversity and does not discriminate
based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability,
medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression,
age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other basis protected by law.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They
are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for
the job.

For more information, please visit www.createca.net and www.artsed411.org. A new combined website
for the merged organization (www.createca.org) will be updated in July 2021.

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