Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Today, through the No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters campaigns, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. No child should go hungry in America – we’re on our way to making that a reality and we want you to join us. We’re bold, creative, always open to new ideas and 100% dedicated to our mission. If that sounds like you, we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team.
The State and Local Government Relations Senior Manager will support Share Our Strength and its mission to end childhood hunger and poverty in America by advancing its state and local advocacy and government relations efforts. The State and Local Government Relations Senior Manager will work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders, as well as colleagues across Share Our Strength to develop and execute state advocacy strategies and tactics, track progress and course correct as needed to meet goals, represent Share Our Strength in coalitions and in meetings with state and local elected officials and legislative staff.
This position is preferably based in Washington, DC, but could be fully remote for the right candidate.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Works with Associate Director of Government Relations and Advocacy to identify state legislative priorities and lead the execution of state and local advocacy campaigns, including partnerships with local organizations and lobbyists, communications strategy, and development of legislation.
- Tracks and helps to advance state and local advocacy goals, including collaborating across internal teams to identify and monitor campaign progress throughout the year.
- Develops and executes advocacy campaign plans and timelines to meet goals, deliverables and deadlines. Works with partners and internal colleagues to establish goals, strategies, tactics, evaluation and work plans for advocacy campaigns.
- Maintains strong and effective relationships with partner organizations, including managing difficult conversations.
- Engages No Kid Hungry supporters, including culinary professionals, partners and grassroots advocates to support state and local legislative and policy priorities.
- Creates materials and provides background research for state and local legislative activities, including briefings, hearings and training webinars for advocate networks.
- Supports relationships with national organizations representing state and local elected officials and executes on major events throughout the year that further advocacy goals and priorities.
- Serves as internal liaison between the program, communications and fundraising teams on assigned government relations activities.
- Manages reporting and evaluation data for assigned state and local advocacy efforts.
- Communicates progress and facilitates shared understanding of advocacy metrics, strategies, tactics and impact among external and internal stakeholders, including senior leadership.
- Represents Share Our Strength to external audiences, including through presentations at conferences, community events, meetings with policymakers and similar forums.
- Provides strategic counsel and meaningful input to Government Relations and Advocacy and program team leadership during annual planning and on other strategic matters.
- Leads organizational workgroups as needed.
- BA/BS required; typically requires 5-8 years of relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience with a focus on local or state issues advocacy, lobbying or with a Federal, local or state government entity.
- Demonstrated knowledge of state and local legislative processes.
- History of success at developing and managing effective and collaborative partnerships both externally and internally, including ability to cultivate and maintain positive long-term relationships.
- Strong ability to build diverse legislative coalitions with policymakers, aligned organizations and community leaders.
- Outstanding judgment and ability to identify, highlight and solve challenges and recommend strategies.
- Highly effective within a fluid, entrepreneurial environment.
- Excellent and proven research and persuasive writing skills.
- Outstanding written and oral communications skills, including experience presenting to high-level audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to initiate, organize and prioritize multiple projects and work independently in a fluid environment.
- Strong background working with diverse stakeholders to successfully implement projects and/or build collaboration around specific goals or programs.
- Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. A hallmark of our history, culture and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results. This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working toward ensuring that each child in America has food where they Live, Learn, and Play.