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Policy Director



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Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024
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Hopelab is a transformative social innovation lab and impact investor working to support the mental well-being of adolescents ages 10-25, especially BIPOC and LGBTQ+ young people. Through funding, collaborations, and intergenerational partnerships, Hopelab works at the intersection of tech and mental health alongside entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and young change-makers to create systems change and build a thriving future for underserved young people.
The Position: Policy Director
Launched in late 2023, policy is a new area of work for Hopelab. Our policy workstream serves to elevate the voices and experiences of young people, Hopelab’s thought-leadership, and our research acumen to inform policymakers and partners of what constitutes sound, evidence-based policies in support of youth mental health and well-being.
Hopelab’s first-ever Policy Director will be a core member of the Hopelab Strategic Communications and Policy team. In this role, you will draw upon your knowledge and experience in policy and advocacy at the federal and state levels, working with internal and external partners to support Hopelab’s overarching mission, including the goals of Hopelab Ventures, Young Leaders In Mental Health, and Hopelab Discovery. In partnership with the Vice President of Strategic Communications and Policy, and the Policy Working Group, you will help develop and execute Hopelab’s annual policy strategy and related projects, focusing primarily on leveraging our thought-leadership (research and staff expertise), educating federal and state policymakers on evidence-based, youth-centered policies, and supporting partner organizations that are more deeply embedded in policy advocacy and lobbying.
You will work closely with the VP of Strategic Communications and Policy, the Policy Working Group, the Strategic Communications team, Hopelab’s leadership team, and relevant program teams to ensure strategic alignment of the policy portfolio and identify opportunities working with partners to influence policy stakeholders while focusing on elevating youth voice and the lived experiences of young people. You will be tasked with taking a nascent policy strategy forward, helping ensure that we are learning about our role in the larger policy and advocacy system, where we can be most impactful, where we are not best suited, what partners to work with, and bringing focus to a blue sky opportunity.

A successful Policy Director does the following:

  • Develops and executes against Hopelab’s annual policy priorities and related projects.
  • Identifies new and manages existing relationships with partner organizations working in policy and advocacy, with a key aspect being to support their efforts through Hopelab’s thought-leadership, research, and cohort of young leaders.
  • Educates and updates colleagues across the organization about Hopelab’s policy agenda and how best to leverage policy opportunities across different program areas.
  • Leads the Policy Working Group in its role identifying and supporting opportunities to educate stakeholders on evidence-based policies in support of youth mental health and well-being.
  • Leads and coordinates the development of Hopelab policy positions and its public policy platform.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with program teams to identify opportunities at the federal and state levels.
  • Supports and engages with young people to ensure they are at the table with policymakers and that their voices are included in Hopelab’s policy work.
  • Collects and synthesizes events, trends, and political activities that will impact policy and advocacy and inform Hopelab’s policy strategy.
  • Tracks and analyzes policy developments and trends relative to Hopelab’s work at the federal and state levels.
  • Identifies federal and state policy opportunities.
  • Builds and manages relationships with policy and government relations staff at national and state-based partner organizations and coalitions.
  • Shares and leverages research, engages directly with partners, cultivates influential messengers, and deploys strategic communications in coordination with the team.
  • Drafts op-eds, statements, presentations, and other assets related to policy and advocacy.
  • Develops close, trusted working relationships with Hopelab teams, partners, young leaders, and advocates.
  • Coordinates with other The Omidyar Group policy leaders, including attending policy summits and convenings throughout the year.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • 8 or more years experience working in government, advocacy, and/or public affairs aimed at influencing policy change. Experience on Capitol Hill or in state government is a plus.
  • Knowledge of mental health care policy, including Medicaid. Knowledge of technology, social media, AI, and other issues impacting young people is desired, but not required.
  • Commitment to putting young people front and center in policy work.
  • Commitment to equity and social impact for Black, Brown, and queer communities.
  • Strategic thinker with outstanding analytical skills.
  • Communicator with strong writing, editing, and verbal skills who knows how to connect with broad and diverse stakeholders, including partner organizations and legislative offices at the federal and state levels.
  • Proven track record of building and cultivating strong relationships with advocates and policymakers across the political spectrum, and comfort in identifying pragmatic solutions across the political spectrum.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and identify when to advance an issue or call out a risk.
  • Desire to embrace new ideas and experiment; naturally curious and energized—rather than intimated by—ambiguity.
  • Relationship builder and partner who can seamlessly manage multiple voices, opinions, and personalities to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and collaboration.
  • A personal network of relevant stakeholders to Hopelab.
  • High-energy and independent self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Intellectual curiosity about and/or direct experience working in the mental health sector.
  • Applicants must reside within and be currently authorized to work in the United States
Is this you? Please apply with a resume and a brief cover letter describing how you're a match for this role. Applications are due by EOD August 4, 2024.
Note: To maintain an equitable hiring process, we do not offer informational conversations outside of the interview process. Please refrain from contacting Hopelab staff about this opportunity.
In-Person and Travel Expectations
This role requires some in-person time to best support collaboration with our internal team and partnership development. The office and travel expectations are approximately as follows:
- Domestic travel 5-6 times per year for partnerships, conferences, and meetings with stakeholders.
- Quarterly week-long retreats in SF Bay Area.
Compensation and Benefits
Hopelab’s compensation is tied to local job market data, so will differ by location. Here are some sample salaries for this role, commensurate with training and experience:
- SF Bay Area/NYC: Starting salary ($160,684 to $180,770). Full salary range ($160,684 to $200,855).
- Los Angeles: Starting salary ($152,650 to $171,731). Full salary range ($152,650 to $190,812).
- DC/Seattle: Starting salary ($144,616 to $162,693). Full salary range ($144,616 to $180,770).
- Denver/Chicago/Sacramento: Starting salary ($136,581 to $153,654). Full salary range ($136,581 to $170,727).
- Miami/Portland Oregon: Starting salary ($128,547 to $144,616). Full salary range ($128,547 to $160,684).
Hopelab provides a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision; phone and internet stipends; wellness programs, including 8 therapy and 8 coaching sessions a year for you and dependents; paid time off; 401K contributions exceeding industry standards; all this, plus the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues to create a more equitable world for young people.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hopelab is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and encourages people from underrepresented groups to apply. Hopelab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, ancestry, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment offers will be contingent on a background check that is limited in scope and compliant with best practices for Fair Chance Hiring. All inquiries are held in strict confidence.