Position Summary

The Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy Public Policy Fellowship is an 11-month training and experiential learning program for early career leaders seeking to gain hands-on public policy experience and invest in their personal and professional growth. Fellows are integrated into one of Greenlining’s policy teams to develop, plan, and implement the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts while they simultaneously work with the Leadership Academy to focus on the skills of managing their personal ecology and deepen their leadership perspective.

We’re looking for individuals who have a strong commitment to racial equity and social justice for communities of color and can demonstrate a sincere interest in building themselves into true race equity leaders.

Our offices are based in Oakland, CA and while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, the role will be 100% remote. Participants will be expected to relocate if not currently based in the Bay Area region when our offices reopen.

Fellowship Program Dates:     September 7, 2021 – August 12, 2022

Major Areas of Responsibility

Public Policy Development & Advocacy

  • Deepens and applies race equity lens to analyze and develop policy solutions that remove barriers for historically redlined communities
  • Leads a substantive public policy assignment (research project, report development, landscape analysis, stakeholder relationship management, coalition management, etc) to advance the team’s advocacy objectives for the year
  • Develops, drafts, and publishes public policy writings including but not limited to: policy memos, policy reports, research project, data collection, policy briefs, business memos, public comments, blog posts
  • Delivers oral presentations for internal and external forums including Greenlining’s annual lobby day with Sacramento legislators/staffers, stakeholder convenings, Leadership Academy graduation
  • Facilitates meetings with community, government, and corporate leaders to drive organization’s advocacy forward

Leadership Development

  • Participates in all leadership development workshops to learn and apply a holistic (mind, body, spirit)  and equitable approach to leadership
  • Learns unique leadership style, values, vision and purpose through self reflection exercises, goal-setting activities and 1:1 coaching
  • Brings lived experience to cohort and organizational conversations to offer innovative ideas and diversity of perspective
  • Provides support to cohort members and engages in team-building activities to form strong working partnerships
  • Seeks mentorship from Greenlining and Academy staff and provide mentorship to undergraduate students in the Academy’s Casa Joaquin program

Professional Development

  • Participates in all skills-based workshops to learn Greenlining’s approach to race equity public policy advocacy
  • Learns key public policy advocacy tactics to support work plan objectives
  • Engages with Leadership Academy alumni to expand professional network
  • Supervises a Summer Associate during their 10-week internship designing their work plan, coordinating weekly check-in meetings, and providing mentorship to ensure they are successful in the program
  • Develops capstone presentation to share during Leadership Academy graduation
  • Establishes thought leadership in their respective public policy area through management of social media channels, publishing public policy blogs, playing a substantive role in Greenlining’s annual economic summit


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • If earned BA, at least 1 year of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • If no BA degree, at least 2 years of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • Committed to championing causes that serve low-income individuals and communities of color
  • Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Willingness to learn and try on new techniques; approaches unfamiliar experiences with curiosity and openness to the process; approaches challenges that push beyond their professional comfort zone with determination, heart and deep commitment to their personal growth
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to complete writing and public speaking assignments with high quality
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively while demonstrating flexibility with others to set goals, resolve problems, pivot assignments and make decisions that move forward the work
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Strong writing and computer literacy of PC-based Google Drive and MS Office Programs

Compensation and Benefits

This is a 100% remote position (during COVID), participants are paid $2,291.67 on a semi-monthly basis and receive full health, vision and dental benefits.  Applicants must be able to provide documentation confirming authorization to work in the United States. The organization does not provide visa sponsorship.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and personal statement responding to prompts listed in the position requisition. Application deadline is February 21st, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Greenlining is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace. We  encourage womxn, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities to apply. 

To apply for this job please visit workforcenow.adp.com.