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Organization Name:
Union Station Homeless Services
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Pasadena, California
United States
Government Affairs/Advocacy
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager

SUMMARY:  The Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager is a senior position responsible for a significant program of strategy; data collection and analysis; program development and implementation. The Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager reports to the CEO and works frequently with the Union Station board, political leadership throughout the region, client advocates, communications experts and researchers. He/she serves on the USHS management team and plays a leadership role in the organization and its networks. The Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager will expand a growing center of expertise, resources, and capacity to move a housing first agenda at multiple levels. Engaging professionals from staff, board, volunteers, partners, allies and advocates in planning, communications and training activities, the Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager builds a foundation for successful elected official and community engagement.



Advocacy and Engagement Strategy

  • Track developments in the region, and seek opportunity for partnerships with local governments and communities in implementing homelessness prevention and alleviation measures.
  • Navigate multi-level, bipartisan, unprecedented pathways to secure public support and political will.
  • Create an annual work plan based on landscape scan and assessment to engage USHS supporters and allies in strategic activities around homelessness.


Budgets and Compliance (20%)

  • In support of the CEO, develop program budgets and work with Development to solicit funds, write proposals, and develop major donor relationships.
  • Track expenditures, maintain appropriate records, and report as required.
  • Strategically and diplomatically coordinate field activities of allies and client advocates by providing materials, in-service trainings and one-on-one coaching.
  • Develop a program of field activity for implementation by local staff, allies and partners.
  • Create field materials, talking points and scripts for communications to general public.
  • Develop, conduct and evaluate advocacy training programs.
  • Represent USHS in varied communities to build a stronger network of informed, action-oriented USHS allies in local and regional government, partner organizations, funders and consultants.


Communications and Messaging (15%)

  • Support Communications staff in messaging to USHS staff, board, supporters, allies, elected officials and the general public.
  • Promote and disseminate USHS messaging throughout sector via coordination with communications staff on earned media and trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned by CEO.




  • A minimum of three to five years of experience as a campaign consultant, senior legislative aide, or policy advocate/organizer working in human or social services, local government or housing development
  • Proficiency with regulations concerning non-profit advocacy.
  • Demonstrated capacity to get positive political results in complex environments.
  • Excellent planning, organizational development and strategic skills.
  • Experience with community organizing and non-profit organizations. 
  • Experience with diverse and multilingual communities, advocacy for low-income individuals and families.


               Union Station Homeless Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer