The Advocacy and Community Organizing Associate reports to Director of Sacramento and is responsible for assisting the Policy Director and Policy Manager in implementing ARC’s policy priorities, and advocacy initiatives, preparing ARC members (formerly incarcerated individuals) to become advocates for reform in the juvenile and criminal justice system, organizing policy trips, supporting communications efforts around ARC campaigns, and conducting research on local and nationwide criminal justice reform efforts.

The Associate will also work with ARC Director of Sacramento and engage in local efforts and help organize listening sessions with system-impacted members to provide feedback to the policy team. The Advocacy Associate also plays a critical role in the support network for ARC members and their ongoing relationship with the organization’s advocacy initiatives.


  • Work with the Policy Director to develop and implement ARC’s policy priorities and advocacy campaigns
  • Research, develop and write policy briefs, op-eds, and reports
  • Monitor ARC state advocacy priorities
  • Develop talking points and other public documents to frame ARC’s policy stance
  • Co-lead, alongside Policy Manager / Director the training of ARC members in policy advocacy
  • Work with the Policy Manager / Director to create opportunities to organize events, workshops and listening sessions with members and provide feedback to the policy team
  • Organize local town halls, advocacy events, workshops and listening sessions with the local community
  • Help coordinate policy trips in Sacramento or elsewhere as required
  • Contribute to grant proposals and tracking in policy specific areas
  • Create social media content for policy department narrative changing work.
  • Complete administrative tasks in aid of the Policy Director
  • Attend policy meetings around California and the rest of the country
  • Assist with note taking and meeting note distribution


The Advocacy and Community Organizing Associate ideally will have expertise in criminal and juvenile justice issues in California. Expertise includes being system-impacted. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to criminal justice reform and align with our values to uplift system-impacted members of ARC at the forefront of our efforts. Exceptional written and oral communication skills and the ability to translate policy into key insights and implications on our community as a public speaker and ambassador for ARC.


  • Expertise in criminal and juvenile justice issues in California and on a national scale. Expertise includes being system-impacted
  • Experience in assisting implementing advocacy campaigns
  • Knowledge of California state and Los Angeles County legislative bodies and processes
  • Ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skill
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Apple programs, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint database
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of California and nationally, as required


The salary for this position is between $50,000 and $55,000 depending on experience. This position is non-exempt with up to 15% travel time anticipated. ARC pays 75% medical, dental and vision benefits for individual: 50% for dependents. ARC provides an employer 401k plan with an employer match capped at $1,500/year as well as 10 paid vacation days and 6 paid sick days. It is ARC’s policy that all staff must be able to provide proof of being fully vaccinated, and with Booster, if eligible before hire date.


Please send cover letter, resumé, writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages), and a list of three references to Michael Mendoza at mmendoza@arc-ca.org including “Open Advocacy & Community Organizing Associate Position” in the subject line of your email.