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Policy Associate

Voices for Progress Education Fund

A Project of Tides Center

Job Title: Policy Associate
Reports to: Federal Policy Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


ABOUT US:

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 2.3 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.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Policy Associate will be part of the Policy Team. This position will assist with all aspects of the organization’s policy program, both federally and in California state. This includes policy research, preparing materials and member communications, outreach to lawmakers’ offices and advocacy partners, and assisting with the smooth functioning of the team. This position is a non-exempt position and reports to the Federal Policy Manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Advocacy Implementation

  • Assist in the creation of, update as appropriate, and oversee the organization of, all materials for the Policy Team, including but not limited to issue briefs, talking points, etc.
  • Draft and help shape the message of frequent communications with members regarding policy updates and taking action on important federal and California state policy issues.
  • Coordinate creation and delivery to lawmakers of member sign-on letters.
  • Assist with all policy program content preparation, follow-up, logistics, and, when appropriate, present content for:
    • virtual/in-person lobbying meetings
    • multi-day fly-in member Summits
    • webinars/briefings, and other policy events on topics such as major progressive priorities for the year, specific policy goals, etc.

External Collaboration and Government Relations

  • Cover coalition meetings, conference calls with partner organizations, etc. as needed.
  • Correspond with congressional and CA state legislative offices to schedule meetings, deliver advocacy correspondence, etc.
  • Sign on to and track organizational legislative position letters.
  • Prepare policy briefing materials for V4P staff ahead of relevant meetings and presentations.

Policy Direction

  • Track developments, monitor key committee activities, conduct landscape research, and analyze data for key pieces of legislation and lawmaker profiles including hearings, votes, committee analyses, district, and state-specific impact data, etc.
  • With adequate experience and as workload permits, may be able to specialize in a particular policy area and play a more central role in strategy and steering policy advocacy.

Administrative

  • Provide general and administrative support for the Policy staff, including clerical support for the Policy Director.
  • Maintain Policy Team data in V4P databases and other records. Prepare expense card reports.
  • Coordinate use of various Policy Team software programs, including Politico Pro, Knowlegis, Zoom, Salesforce, Capitol Track, and Gov Buddy.

Travel

  • Make travel arrangements for policy and other relevant trips by the Policy Director, and other Policy staff as needed. Schedule related meetings when requested.
  • Travel occasionally to Sacramento and around the Washington, D.C. area to attend policy coalitions, conferences, and government meetings as needed.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provide additional clerical and administrative support to the Policy Director as needed.
  • General office and administrative management tasks that come with being a part of a small, start-up operation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • College degree or relevant experience in lieu of degree
  • At least two years’ experience in a related field (e.g. congressional or state legislative staff/intern/fellow, policy advocacy/lobbying, or other types of relevant experience, )
  • Experience in general office and administrative work.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Strong working knowledge of federal policy and interest or experience in learning state policy. Interested in and follows current events and progressive policy issues.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Superb research proficiency and writing capabilities, including ability to summarize complex information and motivate people.
  • Very strong computer skills, and willingness to learn new software as needed. Competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite required. Experience with Canva or other design software is a plus.
  • Able to manage many small assignments simultaneously and structure own work processes.
  • Proactive, quick learner who can see big picture goals of assignments and use judgement (with oversight) to complete.
  • Curious and takes initiative on projects.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced multi-office organization, in which change is not uncommon.
  • Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.
  • Responsible, flexible, hard-working, ethical, and committed to the organization’s mission.
  • Clear communicator.
  • A team player who collaborates well with others.
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:
  • 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 Federal Policy Manager based in Washington, D.C., but also takes direction from the CA State Policy & Programmatic Manager in Sacramento, CA.
  • Collaborates regularly with other Policy Team staff based in Washington, D.C., and Membership Team staff in other parts of the country.
  • Interacts with allied organizations, lawmakers, and government staff via phone, email, and in person.
COMPENSATION:
  • The starting point for the annual salary for this position is $43,000 plus overtime as needed. Final salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Generous benefits, including full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance at $1/month.
  • 13 federal holidays and one floating holiday per year.
  • 12 days’ vacation and 13 days sick leave
  • Retirement savings account immediately vested with generous employer contributions.
  • Pre-tax public transit/parking, childcare, flexible spending account options.
  • Position meets requirements for federal public service loan forgiveness.
INTERESTED:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@voicesforprogress.org by Friday, July 16. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications received before COB Friday, July 16.

Please include “Policy 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.

Voices for Progress Education Fund, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer.

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.