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POLICY AND ACTIVATION ASSOCIATE (Washington, D.C.)

POSITION SUMMARY: Voices for Progress seeks a passionate individual who is committed to progressive policy to play a key role on the team as the Policy and Activation Associate. The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of advocacy experience and a strong understanding of the legislative process. The Policy and Activation Associate will be part of the D.C. policy team working to steadily increase the organization’s impact by helping V4P members advocate directly with elected officials and track and research relevant policy issues in Congress. Voices for Progress is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who advocate to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. The Policy and Activation Associate is a non-exempt position. Non-exempt employees are paid an hourly rate for hours worked and are eligible for overtime pay. This position will report to the National Policy and Legislative Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Track federal legislative and policy developments; recommend and help implement federal advocacy strategies; draft materials to aid in members’ federal advocacy; attend and represent V4P’s policy positions at meetings on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and the White House
  • Represent the organization in federal coalitions and build relationships with other organizations working on federal progressive policy issues.
  • Assist with federal political programming, including candidate interviews and other policy-related considerations.
  • Contribute to success of the semi-annual Federal Advocacy Summit by managing an informational webinar; assisting with the writing of policy materials and the recruitment of members; and participating in meetings with elected and appointed officials and their staff.
  • Send, draft and oversee the review and sending processes for federal and organization-wide emails and other types of member outreach.
  • Update membership records in databases, including but not limited to updates regarding member participation in federal advocacy.
  • Oversee and implement federal activation of membership, including but not limited to preparing lists of members to be activated on a particular issue based on member relationships and overseeing outreach process with Membership and Development (“M&D”) team to ensure advocacy targets are met.
  • Manage federal member working groups by facilitating monthly calls, writing and coordinating biweekly emails and helping to coordinate advocacy opportunities.
  • Facilitating federal webinars for V4P members and allied organizations.
  • Support other departments and their work as needed.
  • General office and administrative management tasks that come as part of being a member of a small organization.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job-related experience required.
  • Experience and/or interest in political campaigns.
  • Experience and/or interest in working on public policy, either in a legislative body, or in a government or nongovernmental organization/nonprofit.
  • Experience and competency with Microsoft Office desired.
  • Experience with Salesforce software is a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Well-informed about and interested in current events, politics and policy issues.
  • Passion for improving economic opportunity and quality of life for all Americans, fighting to protect the world against climate change and getting big money out of politics.
  • Strong understanding of the legislative process.
  • Excellent writer and strategic thinker.
  • Strong policy research skills.
  • Proactive, quick learner, and takes initiative on projects.
  • Professional demeanor and great interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work directly with members and donors.
  • Strong computer skills, and experience with or willingness to learn new software and computer skills as needed.
  • A team player who collaborates well with others.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • This position will report to the National Policy & Legislative Director.
  • This position will work closely with the Federal Program Manager and other members of the Voices for Progress team.
  • This employee will work closely with other advocacy groups.
  • This employee will interact with V4P members via phone, email, and in person.

TO APPLY:
To be considered, please submit the following materials to voicesforprogressjobs@gmail.com. Priority will be given to applicants submitted by December 21, 2018.

  1. Resume
  2. One page cover letter
  3. Writing sample (non-academic preferred)

Please include “Policy and Activation Associate” in the subject line and indicate where you saw the job posting in the text of the email. Due to the volume of applicants, we will only contact applicants whose skill sets and experience meet our needs.

CALIFORNIA STATE AND WESTERN REGION ASSOCIATE (Santa Monica, CA)

Voices for Progress (V4P) is looking for a passionate and motivated individual with an interest in progressive advocacy and public policy to join the Voices for Progress team as the California State and Western Region Assistant!

V4P is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who are dedicated to advocating to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. The California State and Western Region Assistant is a full time position, and will work as part of a team to steadily increase our impact at the California state and federal levels by supporting staff in 1) engaging Western Region members in advocacy with CA state and federal elected officials; 2) furthering CA state policy and programmatic work as well as member advising; and 3) enlisting new members and raising funds.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Membership Engagement on Federal and State Policy Advocacy:

  • Manage administrative aspects of the multi-day annual California Advocacy Summit, regular webinars, and other V4P member events.
  • Administer the email system and assist in communicating with members regarding taking action on important federal and California state policy issues.
  • Participate in lobbying meetings and other advocacy to federal and California state elected officials.

California Policy and Programmatic Activities and Advising:

  • Research California state legislation, elected officials, candidates, and advocacy issues as requested. Monitor legislative hearings and sessions remotely and take notes in advocacy coalition meetings as needed.
  • Submit legislative advocacy letters and communicate with Sacramento legislators and their offices as needed.

Membership Enlistment & Fundraising:

  • Conduct research to identify prospective V4P members.

Western Region & CA Office Management:

  • Manage the day-to-day operational needs of offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles (e.g. ordering supplies, preparing expense card statements, etc.).
  • Provide general and administrative support for the California State and Western Region staff.
  • Maintain data in V4P databases and other records. Generate database reports as needed.

Travel:

  • Travel occasionally to Sacramento; Washington, D.C.; and around the Los Angeles area to attend recruitment events, conferences, and advocacy meetings as needed.
  • Complete preparations for recruitment, policy, and other programmatic trips by the California State and Western Region Director and other staff as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • One year of relevant experience in an internship or prior employment is a plus.
  • Experience in general office and administrative work.
  • Experience and/or interest in non-profits or campaigns, ideally in policy advocacy, organizing, membership, development, or fundraising.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software and computer skills as needed. Competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required. Experience with Salesforce software, mass email software, political research databases, and/or donor research software is a plus.
  • Good writer and clear communicator.
  • Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.
  • Interested in current events, politics and policy issues.
  • A team player who collaborates well with others and can be flexible about urgent assignments. Dependable and able to work independently with staff in remote offices.
  • Proactive, quick learner, and takes initiative on projects.
  • Can thrive in a small, start-up office that must stay in tune with a constantly shifting political and policy environment.
BENEFITS AN COMPENSATION
  • Excellent benefits, including full medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
  • 13 federal holidays and one floating holiday per year.
  • Vacation and sick leave.
  • Retirement savings account with employer contributions immediately.
  • Pre-tax public transit/parking, child care, health savings flexible spending account options.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit to voicesforprogressjobs@gmail.com a resume and a 1-page cover letter that answers the following questions: Why are you interested in working at California Voices for Progress, and what are your qualifications? What policy issues are you most interested in and how would you contribute to the success of V4P’s work? Please also send earliest availability to start. Include “California State & Western Region Assistant” in the subject line and indicate where you saw the job posting in the text of the email.

Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.