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Manager, Government Partnerships & Policy

Los Angeles; Remote arrangements considered

About REDF

REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a pioneering venture philanthropy accelerating a national movement of employment social enterprises—mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. For people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and young people who are not in school or working, social enterprises provide the paying, transitional jobs and services they need to stabilize their lives, develop a work history, and build skills and confidence. When employees are ready, social enterprises help them find competitive employment.

Research shows this approach works. It leads to greater economic security and mobility and a significant rate of return to society—$2.23 in benefits for every $1 spent.

Since 1997, REDF has invested in 215 social enterprises in 30 states and the District of Columbia. To date, those businesses have earned over $1 billion in revenue and employed over 60,000 people (and counting).

Together with our social enterprise partners, we are working to build a better, more inclusive society where all people have the jobs and support they need to get ahead—and the pride, purpose, and path to self-sufficiency they deserve.

About the Government Partnerships & Policy Team

The Government Partnerships & Policy (GP&P) team informs and influences federal, state, and local policymakers to promote the growth of employment social enterprises (ESEs) and increase economic opportunity for social enterprise employees through funding, intermediation, and public policy. The GP&P team is charged with managing existing programs like LA:RISE, the nation’s first public-private partnership connecting workforce and ESEs while also creating new and innovative public-private partnerships that help grow the social enterprise sector.

Position Summary

The Government Partnerships & Policy manager supports REDF’s expansion of our government partnerships and policy strategic plan. This Manager will oversee and administer a range of local, state, and federal-government funded programs along with supporting our policy/advocacy program. The primary focus of the position is REDF’s efforts to expand employment social enterprise access to SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) funding, including managing contracts with USDA and LA County. The role also requires the Manager to support existing and new government contracts/programs, including existing programs like LA:RISE as needed. The selected person will support REDF’s policy and advocacy work by helping to track policy initiatives and support the development of policies that may impact REDF and the employment social enterprise field in both the short- and long-term to internal and external partners.

This position is an exciting opportunity for individuals with government relations and policy background looking to support the growing social impact sector.

Key Responsibilities

  • Government Partnerships
    • Manage and administer REDF’s SNAP E&T strategy including USDA and LA County CFET contracts to meet program goals and ensure compliance with contractual and government regulations.
    • Manage existing and new government contracts/programs opportunities along with supporting LA:RISE as needed.
    • Develop new partnerships and programming by analysis and identification of public sector trends and government funding opportunities focused on workforce and economic development, social services, and justice/probation.
    • Build and maintain strong rapport with government partners including government staff, elected officials and community groups driving long-term relationships meeting contractual and programmatic goals while positioning REDF and ESEs to receive public sector funding.
    • Contribute to and at times lead internal strategy projects related to planning, historical trends and other issues. Collaborate with other REDF staff in finance, compliance, data, communications and marketing, and other program teams as needed to accomplish REDF’s strategy and/or meet contractual goals.
    • Lead and manage communication strategies and relationships with diverse internal staff and external public sector audiences.
    • Support the Director tracking programmatic progress, using REDF’s CRM; create and manage monthly, quarterly and annual reporting for government entities and REDF.
  • Public Policy
    • Collaborate with the Director and Head of Policy defining and executing policy strategy particularly advocacy efforts and outreach promoting REDF policy recommendations.
    • Analyze the impact of federal and state public sector trends and initiatives that support implementation of REDF’s policy strategy and advocacy program.
    • Assist with policy research and legislative analysis with an outcome of developing informed policy recommendations.
    • Contribute to writing, editing, and proofreading advocacy materials, i.e. policy recommendations
    • Support organizing and providing assistance to employment social enterprise policy coalitions and attend relevant policy workgroups as needed.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 4-6 years of proven experience in public sector and policy relating to workforce development or employment of individuals facing barriers to work.
  • Expertise and understanding of government contracting, compliance, and reporting requirements specifically subject matter knowledge of SNAP Employment & Training, workforce and economic development, and/or justice/probation public funding.
  • Possess a “generalist” toolkit and approach; expertise leading and tackling multiple facets of government contracts and projects including program management, compliance, programmatic and fiscal reporting, marketing and outreach, providing technical assistance, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously; able to identify solutions around barriers for both self and more junior staff
  • Strategic and thoughtful in use of communications as a tool to share knowledge, get buy-in, consult with others, collaborate, and drive effective decision-making.
  • Strong collaborator; comfortable working with others that possess a wide diversity of backgrounds, skillsets, and experience; naturally finds ways to upskill others
  • Able to make important decisions under conditions of ambiguity and imperfect information; able to identify and evaluate complicated trade-offs
  • Supportive of REDF’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (https://redf.org/wp-content/uploads/REDFs-Commitment-to-Diversity-Equity-Inclusion.pdf)
  • Continuously uses feedback and embodies a growth mindset to improve work product and personal development; confident in giving and receiving feedback to other team members
  • Able to travel up to 30% for work purposes (once business travel resumes)

The Rewards

  • Ability to help craft REDF’s next 20 years of impact
  • Work with passionate, dedicated people
  • Apply your passion for social change in your career while using business as a force for good
  • Operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • 13 paid holidays and ample vacation time
  • A generous dollar-for-dollar retirement plan match of up to 4% of your base compensation
  • Opportunity to learn continuously by building your skills and broadening your perspectives at conferences, workshops, and more
  • Competitive, comprehensive benefits package

Join Us!

Please submit your resume and cover letter via REDF’s applicant portal. A personalized cover letter is required; applications without one will not be considered.

REDF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with staff members and prospective employees, and will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. REDF encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities REDF serves. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, REDF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.