Position title
Policy Associate

The Policy Associate conducts research and writing on veteran mental health, housing, employment and access to services and supports the dissemination of Institute for Veteran Policy cultural competence curricula training.


Research and Writing

  • Write materials related to best practices for veteran services in white paper, instructional, fact sheet and presentation formats
  • Research veteran issues and access to services and benefits
  • Integrate complex policy materials, data, and qualitative research in compelling community educational products

Policy Advocacy and Community Relations

  • Present in-person, recorded, and webinar trainings
  • Assist in planning and hosting symposia and forums
  • Work closely with our partner organizations to influence policy and ensure that the systems-of-care are adequate, accessible and truly meet the needs of veterans

Technical Assistance and Combat to CommunityCoordination

  • Identify and coordinate existing and new opportunities for delivery of Combat to Community™ curriculum to HR, police, behavioral health, educators, and other professionals
  • Assist in production of best practices materials in audiobook, podcast, streaming media and other platforms
  • Coordinate delivery medium, logistics, and content customization (when appropriate)
  • Research and pursue opportunities to disseminate professional continuing education curriculum
  • Coordinate and write abstracts and proposals for presentations
  • Provide support to moderate and run live streaming webinars
  • Deliver community education through in-person and web-based media
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Graduate degree in public health, behavioral health, political science, or related field desirable
  • Specific experience in public interest research, advocacy, communications, community organizing, and/or outreach desired
  • Veteran status and/or knowledge of veteran issues and resources extremely desirable
  • Public speaking ability highly desirable
  • General knowledge of legislative processes and the structure of government
  • Be willing to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Manage multiple projects, adjusting quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, and exercise good judgment
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
  • Must be able to perform all functions of the position within what would be consider reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and online research applications
  • Listen sensitively, accurately, exercise tact, patience and diplomacy
  • Excellent writing and fact-finding skills
  • Ability to research and analyze complex information
  • Time management and organizational skills
Job Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program
Date posted
June 28, 2019

This position is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Employment Type
Full-time, non-exempt
Job Location
San Francisco, CA

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to [email protected]

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Position: Policy Associate

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