State Policy Manager

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $70,000

Published

10/01/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

The State Policy Manager (SPM) will be responsible for demystifying state policy and legislative processes to empower local Indivisible groups to advance progressive policy victories at the state level. State Policy Managers will cover a variety issues, but an emphasis will be placed on pro-democracy reforms that will help unrig the system at the state level. This position requires the ability to conduct thorough policy and political analysis. The SPM will be expected to lead issue-based campaigns in target states, including coordinating effectively with internal and external stakeholders. The SPM will be responsible for drafting issue briefs, procedural explainers, and other supportive materials for campaigns. In general, the SPM will be responsible for serving as a resource for local Indivisible groups on state-level activism.


This is a full time position with a salary range of $55,000 to $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience, plus benefits. The position reports to the Policy Director. Candidates can be located in Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA.


Responsibilities


Identifying key state and local policy opportunities

  • Understanding the legislative processes and political dynamics of target states and conducts strategic analysis of legislative opportunities
  • Working with Indivisible’s Organizing team to identify state-level legislative opportunities that align with organizational goals
  • Building and maintaining relationships with relevant local/state-level stakeholders, experts, and legislative staff
  • Developing a strategic plan for engagement with key local actors, legislative staff, and local Indivisible groups
  • Supervising internal analysis and production of policy materials for external use, with assistance of policy expert volunteers


Conducting policy analysis and legislative tracking

  • Tracking state legislation and analyzing state level policy initiatives
  • Conducting necessary policy and political analysis at the state level on a variety of issues
  • Liaising with Organizing and Communications teams on advocacy campaigns, and in order to keep a pulse on group-level interests
  • Providing strategic analysis of real-time developments, liaising with stakeholders, and making recommendations on priorities and strategies for engagement
  • Managing production of relevant policy content, including coordinating with volunteers and gathering inputs from external stakeholders / organizations


Developing a strategic campaign plan of engagement for key issues

  • Identifying key stakeholders, potential partners, allies, and targets on a given issue in a given state or locality
  • Identifying pressure points at the local and state levels and developing impactful plans for Indivisible groups to engage in advocacy
  • Coordinating with national entities when appropriate
  • Providing talking points and advice to steer local groups toward strategic actions


Coalition building support

  • Developing relationships within key state and local coalitions, subject matter expertise networks
  • Liaising with local and state actors, coalitions, experts, and stakeholders, national think tanks and advocacy organizations, and other informal and formal resistance efforts
  • Acting as spokesperson/representative for external events, media, Indivisible calls/webinars, etc.


Required Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in state legislative policy-making or grassroots advocacy OR Degree with at least 3 years of experience in state legislative policy-making or grassroots advocacy.
  • Experience managing projects across teams and coordinating with outside stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adept at conducting research and proactive learning
  • Proven ability to work entrepreneurially, creatively, and analytically in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands
  • Cultural humility and experience working with diverse teams
  • Alignment on the core progressive values of the Indivisible Project and commitment to assisting groups in implementing the strategy of the Indivisible Guide


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in grassroots organizing or political campaigns
  • Policy expertise in voting rights, ethics, money in politics, and other pro-democracy issues strongly desired
  • Willingness to travel


Note: If you believe you can fulfill the job responsibilities, are a good match, and are excited by the position, but do not meet all of the qualifications listed above, please still apply and emphasize any transferable skills in your cover letter.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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