Policy and Organizing Director

Reports To: Executive Director
Revised Date: June 2017

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) – Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

MEDA is advancing strategies to create asset building opportunities for San Francisco’s Latino families and in the Mission District through: (1) our core, integrated Asset Building Programs related to housing, financial capability, workforce development, business development and tax preparation; (2) serving as a backbone agency to advance educational achievement and family economic success through the Mission Promise Neighborhood 2-generation approach; (3) creating and preserving affordable housing and commercial real estate in the Mission District through Community Real Estate; (4) providing access to capital and innovative financial products through the Adelante Fund; and (5) Policy & Advocacy efforts that support our mission.


The Policy and Organizing Director (POD) will be responsible for both developing and monitoring public policies which affect families living in the Mission District and working with a team of volunteer leaders and staff to develop strategies and grass roots efforts to support needed policy changes.

Policy Research and Leadership Program:

  • In partnership with the Leadership Development Manager, develop a strong and comprehensive policy and organizing program that best enables the Mission District low income Latina/o community to address issues and advance policies that directly impact and improve their own lives, the lives of their family, neighbors and the broader community.
  • Develop and staff a MEDA Policy Committee made of leaders from within MEDA client, parent and family base to accomplish the following:
    • Analyze key issues; research potential solutions; prioritize and draft policy; and manage a winning campaign
    • Monitor and connect leaders’ interests to support community advocacy of local, state and federal policies that will impact low to moderate income Latina/o families in the Mission;
    • Prioritize ways in which families impacted will identify and nurture critical and key relationships with federal, state and local public policy officials, coalitions, organizations and community leaders;
    • Work with leaders to prepare policy statements, talking points and factsheets for use by MEDA staff, clients, allies and public officials to increase influence and advance policies as prioritized by community process.
    • Gather and analyze community data to support campaigns and policy issues.
  • Serve as Liaison between MEDA Policy Committee and Management Team on policy issues, developing and recommending priority policy campaigns, strategy and work plans to approved campaigns based on:
    • Recommendations from service staff from clients on priority issues
    • Recommendations and requests from MPN Partners
    • Recommendations from coalition allies
    • Analysis of pending legislation to react to or be proactive around based on relationships with public officials.
  • Develop and manage Policy Related Leadership Trainings related to issues campaigns; politics and power; media and messaging; and other relevant trainings based on needs identified by Policy Leadership Committee.

Community Organizing

  • Develop and implement Community Organizing and Network Program
    • Volunteer Community Organizers: Develop and manage a community organizing program that reaches out and organizes residents around issues that affect their quality of life and neighborhood livability.
    • Work with volunteers to collect information from residents while supporting sustained and creating new ways for them to become empowered through the organization. This includes events, publications, one-on-one outreach, etc.
    • Train a network of volunteers who can speak with, inform and empower Mission residents, business owners and other community members about MEDA’s programs and opportunities for involvement.
  • Coalition Organizing:
    • Work with existing MPN Partners, neighborhood groups and organizations to determine if and what action should be taken to address key legislation which may affect Mission families.
    • Work with MPN Partners to help develop policy actions as requested.
    • Based on prioritized campaigns, develop and grow coalition that focuses on community involvement and leadership to achieve winning campaign.
  • Messaging and Communications
    • Work with Communications team to develop field materials that communicate the value of MEDA work and reason to join in policy campaigns.
    • Develop and implement advocacy campaigns around MEDA’s priority issues, including production of community education materials, media engagement and strategy development.
    • Develop community friendly materials for community education on key policies impacting families in the Mission District.
  • Other related duties as requested.

501(c)4 Administration

  • Establish framework for MEDA to operate as a 501c4 organization including setting up a working committee, outlining guidelines for engaging in campaigns, and preparing operational procedures.


  • Minimum of Bachelors Degree, or equivalent experience required.
  • Excellent verbal communication, presentation skills, and customer service.
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Spanish fluency required.
  • Professional or personal experience working with communities of color required.
  • Excellent writing and computer skills including word processing and use of database systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Experience supervising and engaging staff and volunteers to achieve results.


Please click on the link below and complete the application form including your resume.


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