Lead Federal Policy Manager
Voices for Progress Education Fund
A Project of Tides Center
Job Title: Lead Federal Policy Manager
Reports to: Policy Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Voices for Progress (V4P) galvanizes the advocacy of business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent individuals who unite to champion a healthy climate and environment, strengthen our democracy, and ensure economic and social justice for all. V4P staff equip members with policy information and opportunities to personally advocate through one-on-one outreach, at campaign trail events, Capitol summits, sign-on letters, and more.
V4P members recognize that they have an unusual amount of access to policymakers and that their views are sometimes given increased weight. Understanding this and believing our democracy shouldn’t work that way, they use their positions to ally with and amplify the concerns and solutions put forward by historically marginalized communities. V4P members believe that the communities closed to the problems are closest to the solutions, whether regarding criminal justice reform, pay discrimination, or environmental justice. Simultaneously, V4P members advocate for strong campaign finance reform to lessen their own influence and voting protections to give a more equal voice to all communities.
V4P was founded in 2010 and has an annual budget of 2 million dollars. Our 18 staff are based in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Sacramento, and New York. Our work is currently focused on federal and CA state policy and politics. Advocacy priorities have included economic inequality, budget and tax policy, health care access, climate change, immigration reform, voting rights, criminal justice reform, gender equality, campaign finance reform, judicial nominations, environmental justice, and more.
The Lead Federal Policy Manager will be an integral part of the Policy Team. This position will be the lead coordinator of all federal Policy Team activities across three core issue areas: economic and social justice, strengthening democracy, and climate change and environmental justice. They will also be the organizational point person for federal policy work focused on either economic and social justice or strengthening democracy. This includes acting as the organization’s representative in relevant policy coalitions and with federal policymakers and creating materials for and leading grasstops advocates, as well as managing relevant policy efforts. This position is an exempt position and reports to the Policy Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Act as the lead coordinator of all federal Policy team activities, ensuring smooth project management across the team.
- Manage policy portions of fly-ins several times a year. Conduct issue area trainings and lead lobbying meetings.
- Responsible for the creation of policy materials for advocacy, updates, and other programming for grasstops advocates, including issue briefs, talking points, webinar presentations, sign-on letters, etc.
- Edit, draft as needed, and help shape the message of frequent communications with grasstops advocates regarding policy updates and taking action on important federal policy issues.
- Act as federal Policy Team lead in collaborating with engagement and programming staff to implement effective grasstops advocacy plans.
- Act as federal Policy Team lead in coordinating with engagement staff to respond to policy inquiries from members as appropriate.
- Contribute policy elements to efforts to build member relationships with lawmakers, candidate education, and other programming.
- Act as the organizational lead on either economic and social justice or strengthening democracy. As needed, perform similar responsibilities for other federal policy priorities across all three core issue areas.
- Monitor and analyze policies to identify key policy debates V4P should prioritize for advocacy.
External Collaboration and Government Relations
- Represent the organization and its policy positions in coalitions and staff-level meetings with policymakers.
- Maintain and expand organizational relationships with lawmakers, government staff, and allied policy advocacy organizations, ensuring key partnerships specifically with those with deep policy expertise and/or organizations representing historically marginalized communities.
- When COVID restrictions allow, travel around the Washington, D.C. area to attend policy coalitions, conferences, and government meetings, and potentially once or twice a year to Sacramento to support California State policy colleagues as needed. Reasonable alternatives may be available.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- General office and administrative management tasks that come with being a part of a small, start-up operation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- At least five years of experience in a related field (e.g., congressional or state legislative staff, policy advocacy/lobbying, or other types of relevant experience). An advanced degree may substitute for experience.
- Two years’ experience managing others is preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Background in economic and social justice policy and/or policy related to strengthening democracy required. Experience with tax policy preferred. Able to quickly learn and lead on relevant policy issues, understanding the intersections between them and the differential impacts on various communities.
- Superb project management skills. A team player who collaborates well with others and can manage multiple projects, including urgent situations.
- Demonstrated experience implementing effective short and long-term policy advocacy agendas at the federal level.
- Excellent at writing for advocacy, policy research, and attention to detail. Clear communicator with strong presentation skills highly preferred. Able to explain complex policy and legislative information clearly, simply, and concisely.
- Proven ability to build relationships with federal lawmakers, government staff, and national allied policy advocacy organizations preferred, especially those representing historically marginalized communities.
- Understanding of grasstops (business owners and political donors) advocacy is a plus.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced multi-office organization, in which change is not uncommon.
- Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software as needed. Competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required.
- During COVID, this position is remote. Eventually, the position will be based in Washington, D.C.
- Part of the National Office and Policy Team.
- Reports to the Policy Director based in Washington, D.C.
- Supervises the Policy Associate based in Washington, D.C. May supervise interns, temporary staff, or consultants as needed.
- Coordinates work of the federal Policy staff in Washington, D.C.
- Collaborates regularly with other Policy Team staff based in Sacramento, CA, as well as Engagement Team staff in other parts of the country.
- Interacts with allied organizations, lawmakers, and government staff via phone, email, and in person.
- The starting point for the annual salary for this position is $78,000. The final salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Generous benefits, including full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance at $1/month.
- 12 holidays and 1 floating holiday per year.
- 12 days’ vacation and 12 days sick leave
- Retirement savings account immediately vested with generous employer contributions.
- Pre-tax public transit/parking, childcare, flexible spending account options.
- The position meets the requirements for federal public service loan forgiveness.
- Referral Bonus of $500 being offered after the referred employee’s 90th day calendar of employment.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received before Friday, December 31″.
V4P is committed to a diverse staff and to an inclusive culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. V4P welcomes applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. V4P is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.
The employee will be sitting in a stationary position, operating a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine and computer printer, and occasional movement within the office. Also requires communicating with internal and key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. V4P is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at V4P.
The position is located in an office environment in Washington, D.C. Currently, under COVID considerations, all staff are temporarily working remotely. The noise level in the work environment is generally moderate when in the office. Office is accessible via elevators. Office space has a mix of private and common offices. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential function of the job.
Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.