Manager, Public Policy



The Public Policy Manager will report to the Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs and will support the development of cradle-to-career education policy projects that aim to strengthen opportunities for our most vulnerable students and families. The Manager will work on all systems of government, local, state and federal and will work with an expert team that will provide guidance and valuable professional development.

The Public Policy Manager will support the early care and education, K-12 and immigration portfolio and will work to strengthen UNITE-LA’s network of advocacy and business allies to ensure a sustained cradle-to-career business voice in CA. Manager will focus on developing/strengthening communication channels to activate the business community and increase UNITE-LA’s reputation as an intermediary bringing together business, traditional advocates and public sector leaders.

The Public Policy Manager position is a full-time, exempt salary position with full benefits including paid sick leave, vacation, 401(k) participation, health, vision and dental.


About Us

Over the past 20 years, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted business intermediary, dedicated to supporting the development of an effective local public education system, so that ALL children and youth succeed in college, career and beyond. Through the intersection of programming, policy, and systems change efforts, UNITE-LA works to increase access to high-quality early childhood education, develop career pathways in high-growth industries, improve college access and success, and ensure workforce readiness, especially for individuals with high barriers into the workforce.


Job Description

  • Cultivate relationships with think tanks, advocacy organizations, corporate leaders and business organizations to support and strengthen UNITE-LA’s cradle-to-career goals.
  • Support the development of strategic partnerships among nontraditional partners.
  • Research, analyze and monitor policies uplifting UNITE-LA's mission and principles.
  • Assist in the development of a business network engaged in cradle to career policy issues, particularly early care and education and immigration.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of UNITE-LA's Public Policy Webinars and in person advocacy visits in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington.
  • Provide support to policy team, including project management, coordination of meetings and grant reporting.



  • Bachelor's degree required 
  • Minimum three years relevant work experience
  • Experience working with a business organization or education and community stakeholders is a plus 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize teams and projects 
  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects and deadlines 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills 
  • Collaborative work style, must be a team player 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once with strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work 
  • Must be a self-starter, detail-oriented, reliable and professional 
  • Interest in or commitment to social equity, youth development, education and workforce issues, and systems reform 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database technologies 


UNITE-LA is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Please include "Manager, Public Policy" in the subject line of the email.


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