Job Postings
Policy Associate

Swords to Plowshares – San Francisco, CA

About Swords to Plowshares
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at
The full-time Policy Associate supports the dissemination of Institute for Veteran Policy cultural competence curricula and promotes veteran interests in employment, public health and access to services through local and state entities.

Essential duties include but may not be limited to:

Working with IVP director and staff / Combat to Community coordination
¬ Identify and coordinate existing opportunities for delivery of Combat to Community curriculum to HR, police, behavioral health, educators and other professionals.
¬ Promote curriculum and develop new opportunities for dissemination.
¬ Coordinate delivery medium, logistics and content customization (where appropriate).
¬ Research and pursue opportunities to deliver accredited professional continuing education curriculum.
¬ Research opportunities to present C2C and other materials at professional conferences.
¬ Coordinate and write abstracts and proposals for presentations.
¬ Provide support to moderate and run live streaming webinars.
¬ Deliver Combat to Community through in-person, and web-based media.

Policy advocacy and community relations
¬ Enhance existing relationships and establish new partnerships to enhance workforce development and training opportunities.
¬ Research and promote new programs and partnerships for veteran employment and well-being.
¬ 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.

¬ 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 are highly desirable.
¬ 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.
¬ Strong computer skills and literacy, including Internet tools, database management and MS Office.
¬ 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 Cultural Humility Initiative.

This position also requires the ability to:
¬ Write proficiently.
¬ Perform fact-finding.
¬ Research and analyze complex information.
¬ Interact with a wide variety of people.
¬ Listen sensitively, accurately, exercise tact, patience and diplomacy.
¬ Work independently and as a member of a team.
¬ Work occasional weekends and evenings.
¬ Prepare reports.
¬ Be flexible and adaptable.
¬ Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
¬ Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
¬ Manage multiple projects, adjusting quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, and exercise good judgment.

Salary, Benefits
Swords to Plowshares offers a competitive compensation package including benefits.

How to apply
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.

Please write the title for this position (“Policy Associate C2C”) in the subject line of your email.

Swords to Plowshares is an inclusive employer and we are proud of the rich diversity among our staff. Please join us!