Now Hiring: Southern California Policy Manager

Applications Due: No later than Monday, December 17

Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and use your professional talents and personal passion for advancing safe walking and bicycling to and from schools and in daily life, to improve health outcomes and create equitable, livable, sustainable communities for all.

The Southern California Policy Manager will build on existing work in the greater Los Angeles region, specifically in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. The primary focus of this position is to increase funding and improve policies that prioritize more infrastructure and programs that support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in low-income, underserved, and historically marginalized communities. The policy manager will work closely with the region’s metropolitan planning organization and city/county health, education, and transportation agencies to increase funding options, influence the regional transportation plan, and pursue policies like Vision Zero, Complete Streets, general plans, and mitigation of the health and safety impacts of freight on local communities. 

The ideal candidate’s skill set will include:

  • Local knowledge of Southern California, particularly the counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino, including familiarity with leaders and decision-makers, community dynamics, and assets/challenges in those areas.
  • Experience working with regional and local agencies, understanding of the transportation planning process, and knowledge of current active transportation and equity topics.
  • A deep understanding of and experience with authentic, equity-focused, community-centered engagement, and building consensus with diverse coalitions and multiple viewpoints.
  • The policy know-how to shape local and regional policy and funding priorities on active transportation and Safe Routes to School, including intersectional issue areas such as equity, land use, environmental justice, housing, education, climate, and health.
  • The skill set necessary to provide technical assistance to help communities apply for grants and implement successful Safe Routes to School and active transportation projects.
  • A high level of attention to detail and project management ability paired with excellent writing and verbal communications skills.

Please review the job description for more details about the position responsibilities and qualifications. The salary range for this at-will position is $52,000 – $65,000 depending on experience and qualifications, plus health insurance benefits, paid time off, and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. A PC laptop and a stipend for internet access will be provided.

Location: Successful candidates will work from their home office, and must be based within the greater Los Angeles area, preferably in Orange, Riverside, or San Bernardino County. 

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter, resume and three relevant writing samples in one PDF file to The PDF file shall be named as follows:  [LastName]_SoCal.pdf. Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Southern California Policy Manager.”

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, December 17 COB.  No telephone or email inquiries, please.

We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates interested in joining our dynamic, visionary, and growing national non-profit. Visit for more information about our organization.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our staff, our work environment, and the change we want to see in our society.  We value a diverse staff with a wide range of life experiences because we recognize that we are stronger when our organization and work benefit from the innovative contributions, creative solutions, practical know-how, and community insights brought by people of different backgrounds.  Diversity of experience, ideas, and viewpoints is a priority, and candidates with varied education levels, skills, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of different religions, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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