Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA) is seeking an experienced, and motivated candidate to fill the position of Senior Policy Manager. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and knowledge of social movements. This is a full time managerial role, whose primary function is the management of two core environmental health programs at PSR-LA: the Land Use & Health (LUH) program and the Toxics program. The Senior Policy Manager is responsible for leading multiple policy efforts and projects in line with the strategic direction of each program and PSR-LA’s mission. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Manage PSR-LA’s current suite of campaigns and projects related to land use and toxics, including:
    • The 500 Feet project: seeks to identify specific policy solutions to address the challenge of incompatible land uses in the South and Southeast Community Plans
    • Jordan Downs and Watts: this place based work aims to promote the healthy and just transformation of Watts as it undergoes large-scale redevelopment and rapid investment. Specifically, the goal of this work is to ensure a comprehensive clean up of the environment and zero displacement of current residents.
    • Drinking Water Quality: to improve the quality of drinking water in LA’s most affected communities.
    • A Just Transition for the metals industry: the goal of this multi-year project is to identify the particular strategies in policy, technology and community mobilization that would begin to transition the metals industry in LA County to something greener, healthier and more sustainable.
    • Please refer to our website for more information about specific projects: https://www.psr-la.org/issues/.
  • Manage PSR-LA’s current portfolio of policy and legislative advocacy related to land use and toxics at the local and state level;
  • Work with the leadership team to develop a policy and legislative agenda and strategic implementation plan, while monitoring current legislative and regulatory developments;
  • Work closely with partner organizations and coalitions to advance PSR-LA’s priorities and interests;
  • Contribute to the development of a community education and engagement plan for individual projects;
  • Lead and participate in health policy development and implementation;
  • Work closely with the organization’s health professional members and allies to elevate the public health perspective in our programmatic work;
  • Represent PSR-LA at meetings, briefings, events and other policy venues;
  • Conduct research on policy issues and trends;
  • Write policy briefs, blog posts, print media pieces, press releases, and position papers;
  • Contribute to securing funding opportunities;
  • Manage land use and toxics grants, including proposals and reporting;
  • Manage staff and volunteers.

The Land Use & Health program is focused on assessing and influencing the severity of contamination and pollution by light and heavy industry in the South Central Los Angeles community. The goal of the program is to work with affected communities, local decision-makers and regulatory agencies to ensure the health and quality of life for South LA residents by reducing, and eventually eliminating exposure to toxic land and air contaminants present on sites affected by past and current industrial uses, while promoting healthy uses of land.

The goal of the Toxics program is to reduce the use of and exposure to toxic chemicals by advocating for precautionary grounded systems and policies, building authentic community engagement, and promoting just transition strategies for industry. Specifically in 2018, PSR-LA’s will focus on (1) reducing the use of and exposure to pesticides, (2) creating and activating a robust and efficient toxics network in California to drive integrative toxics policy discussions and campaigns, (3) identifying a just transition for the metals industry in LA County, and (4) supporting place-based projects in communities facing toxic contamination.

Required Qualification

  • A graduate degree, preferably in Public Health and/or Urban and Regional Planning, or related. Candidates with at least 4 years of experience in these fields will be considered in lieu of a degrees ;
  • At least 2 years leading projects and campaigns in a leadership position;
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development and advocacy;
  • Strong leadership and team facilitation skills, including ability to navigate diverse perspectives and stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strategic, organized and results-oriented;
  • Strong and dedicated commitment to social, environmental and racial justice;
  • Demonstrated commitment to PSR-LA’s mission and values.

Preferred Qualification

  • Conversational fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish;
  • Experience working with an elected official;
  • A long time resident of Los Angeles who is closely familiar with South and East Los Angeles.

About the Organization

PSR-LA recognizes that the physical and social environment often determines health status – we are committed to addressing that reality. Our work is grounded in science, and the lived experiences of health professionals and their patients. We are guided by the precautionary ideal to foresee and forestall damage to human health and the environment. Visit www.psr-la.org to learn more.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applicant must be available during regular business hours and some evenings/weekends. Job may require occasional travel within California and out of the state. Valid California driver’s license required. PSR-LA is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email (preferred), mail, or fax to:
Monika Shankar | Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles

617 S. Olive St. #1100 | Los Angeles, CA 90014

Fax: 213-689-9199

Email: mshankar@psr-la.org