Policy Advocate

PANA is hiring a Policy Advocate to elevate refugee voices at policymaking tables, conduct policy analysis, and lead legislative and administrative advocacy efforts at the county and state level. S/he will utilize a variety of strategies and work across multiple teams to formulate and advance priorities and build community leadership to influence the public policies that affect them. This includes analyzing and drafting state legislation and legislative amendments, advancing a pro-refugee county legislative agenda, preparing public education tools, researching legal and policy issues, working with the organizing team and PANA leaders to assess emerging regional, and statewide trends.

The Policy Advocate will report directly to the Executive Director.


  • Foster relationships with local, state, and national organizations providing legal defense and support to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants.

  • Advance county, state, and national policies focused on protecting California’s growing refugee and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA/MASA) communities.

  • Develop and lead a high level coalition of organizations working directly with refugee and MASA communities to advance state legislation that will expand protections or create new protections for refugee and MASA communities.

  • Build and strengthen relationships with local, state, and national lawmakers and stakeholders.

  • Support the Advocacy Academy and the leadership development of community members.

  • Manage and implement PANA’s biennial House Meetings Leadership Program and publish an updated San Diego Refugee Experiences report.

  • Participate and lead reflection and evaluation of actions and campaign activities with staff and coalition partners.

  • Work with membership and staff in developing and implementing public relations strategies.

  • Ensure data is entered quickly and accurately into databases (PDI, Mailchimp, etc).

  • Ensure policy and campaign issues are in line with organizational messaging, goals, and obligations to its communities.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Community Development, Community Organizing, Social Work, Urban Planning, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Community Psychology, or related field required.

  • A minimum of three years of experience in community organizing working with and managing coalitions in a collaborative context with formal training in either conflict organizing or consensus organizing theories.

  • Experience with policy advocacy, leading issue campaigns, including campaign planning, research, analysis and report writing.

  • Demonstrated commitment to refugee and immigrant communities.

  • Excellent research, oral and written skills.

  • Extremely organized with close attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to speak Arabic, Karen, Urdu, Farsi, Kurdish, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, or Swahili strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and sophisticated use of technology.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To Apply

Applicants should email a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to admin@panasd.org.

Pana San Diego