Public Policy Manager

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Outdoor Outreach
July 7, 2021
5275 Market street,, suite 21, San Diego, California
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Molly Morelli
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Job Description: Public Policy Manager

Location: San Diego, CA

Schedule: Full-time

Reports to: Senior Director of Programs

Compensation: starting salary range at $58,240 annually

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Benefits:​ Comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental/vision, retirement,
generous paid time off (PTO) hours, internet stipend and professional development stipend            

Outdoor Outreach

Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has provided opportunities for more than 16,000 young people to explore their world, cultivate belonging, and discover what they’re capable of.  With every opportunity to hike, bike, kayak, or climb, the youth we engage are gaining more than access to outdoor spaces and technical skills. They’re sharing new experiences, building confidence, and discovering their strengths. And, they’re connecting with a support system of peers and mentors who believe in them and who show them that they matter.

Job Summary

The Public Policy Manager will manage all public policy and advocacy activities for Outdoor Outreach (OO) on a local, state, and federal level. The position’s main objective is to lead Outdoor Outreach’s policy and civic engagement initiatives, which are focused on supporting youth through:

  • Civic engagement and advocacy trainings and opportunities  
  • Reducing barriers to meaningful outdoor engagement and increasing representation in the outdoors
  • Increasing workforce development in outdoor careers 
  • Promoting diverse engagement in environmental protection and stewardship of public land
  • Promoting outdoor equity and environmental justice in communities of color and low income communities

The Public Policy Manager collaborates with other departments, senior leadership, and external partners/coalitions to increase support for the work of OO and similar organizations statewide by identifying opportunities and implementing strategies for advocacy and community engagement.


  • Managing OO’s advocacy strategy as informed by policy priorities developed with senior leadership
  • Researching local, state, and federal policies and funding opportunities pertaining to outdoor equity and access, environmental justice, and youth development
  • Collecting, compiling and disseminating information/feedback from and to the community that informs policy
  • Leading the Outdoor Voices Youth Leadership Initiative to engage youth participants in advocacy trainings and civic engagement opportunities
  • Working closely with local, state, and federal partners and coalitions to advance outdoor equity and access initiatives/policies
  • Working closely with the leadership team to identify and strategically pursue government funding opportunities aligned with the organization’s work
  • Working closely with the Marketing and Communications Senior Manager to coordinate external communications and events on policy-related issues
  • Organizing annual advocacy trips for OO staff, participants, and program graduates (i.e. Parks Advocacy Day, Ocean’s Day, Parks Now Day at the Capitol)
  • Developing and managing a legislation tracker and database for tracking political contacts, meetings, relationships, and policy outcomes
  • Creating policy briefs and coordinating meetings with policymakers
  • Representing OO in public meetings, media, and through written public comment/communications to build and maintain relationships and inform public policy impacting our communities and our work
  • Developing proactive and responsive approaches to proposed and implemented policies and legislation

Work Environment/Physical Demands

This job operates in an open office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copier, filing cabinets and fax machines.   Reasonable accommodations and adaptations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

Required Qualifications

  1. Minimum of 21 years of age;
  2. 2-3 years related work experience or equivalent combination of relevant work and education
  3. Competent with computer skills - G Suite, MS Office;
  4. Successful completion of pre-employment background check, TB test, and drug screen. Criminal history record infractions will be considered on a case by case basis.

This Job Summary is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required by this job classification.

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