Policy and Advocacy Manager

St. James Infirmary
October 30, 2018
San Francisco, CA
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
730 Polk Street 4th Floor


About St. James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary (SJI) is a nonprofit peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for Sex Workers and their families. We provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services. St. James Infirmary works actively to combat racism, classism, misogyny, homo- and transphobia, ableism and all other forms of oppression that lead to stigma and marginalization.


Position Summary

We are seeking a compassionate, skilled, knowledgeable, and highly driven Policy and Advocacy Manager who is committed to securing human rights and safety for Sex Workers on the local, state, and federal levels. This role is best suited for someone who has deep roots in both grassroots social justice movements and community organizing, as well as formal governmental policy processes. Our ideal candidate will also have either direct experience with or extensive knowledge of the sex industry in the United States. The person will be knowledgeable about the Sex Workers' rights movements in the US, the history and current status of legislation related to sex work and trafficking, as well as the impacts of this legislation on people who work in the sex industry.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Board of Directors and clinic leadership staff to identify priority policy goals and objectives that are in harmony with the mission of SJI
  • Oversee the development and implementation of grassroots community organizing efforts and advocacy campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout California and the US
  • Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator and clinic leadership to develop and implement advocacy tools, curricula, workshops and trainings for the community
  • Research relevant local, state and federal legislation and bills as they are introduced and/ or amended, and analyze to determine the impact on St. James Infirmary’s target populations
  • Coordinate with the Executive Management Team on policy and advocacy communications including email alerts, press releases, and op ed pieces
  • Attend and present at stakeholder meetings, policy discussions, legislative hearings, panels, and conferences that advance the social justice mission of SJI and the greater Sex Worker community
  • Oversee strategic coalition building with potential community partners and ally organizations; participate in networks and coalitions in order to build campaign power and advocate for St. James Infirmary’s community priorities
  • Work with coalition partners to coordinate community-driven advocacy and policy strategies and messages
  • Collaborate with funders and key stakeholders to create and execute a cohesive plan for anti-criminalization approaches to sex work
  • Assist St. James Infirmary in seeking out and securing funding for initiatives aimed at empowering current and former sex workers to organize and advocate for their own rights and safety
  • Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to plan and coordinate special events (advocacy days, trainings, canvassing, etc.)
  • Assist, train, and mobilize community members and volunteers to work directly on St. James Infirmary’s advocacy campaigns


Required Qualifications

  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to work with people of different ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual identity and orientations, people who use substances, people with mental health issues, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Commitment to SJI’s mission and values, and proven ability to provide outstanding leadership, and work cooperatively with other colleagues and community members with the highest degree of integrity
  • Intersectional framework; strong grounding in social justice principles and practices
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills, and an ability to establish a professional rapport with a variety of audiences.
  • A Masters'-level or higher degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Political Science, or a related field; OR a law degree (J.D.) with an emphasis on legislation and policy
  • At least 3 years experience successfully navigating policy processes, particularly at the governmental level
  • At least 3 years experience in fields such as community organizing, social justice advocacy, gender and racial justice, reproductive justice, electoral campaign work, and health advocacy work
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends
  • Valid CA drivers license (access to a car strongly desired)


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in the sex industry, and detailed knowledge of socio-political factors and occupational health and safety issues affecting/impacting Sex Workers
  • Experience working with people who use substances, including injection drugs, and understanding of harm reduction principles and programming Experience working with people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Existing connections with Sex Worker leaders / organizers / advocacy groups


How To Apply

To apply: Please send detailed cover letter stating why you want the position and resume to director@stjjamesinfirmary.org

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