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Senior Policy Manager

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ColorOfChange.org


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Published 16 days ago

$82,000.00

POSITION SUMMARY

Over 70% of web traffic goes through Facebook and Google. Does that terrify you?

Every second, racist algorithms make decisions that affect your daily life. Does that seem unjust?

Corporate monopolies have closed the doors of Black-owned businesses for decades. Do you want to do something about that?

If so, join Color Of Change to make sure Black people have a seat at the table as the rules for the future of the internet are written.

Color Of Change is hiring a full-time Senior Policy Manager in Washington, DC to join a cohort of staff from other organizations working on corporate consolidation and platform accountability. We are excited to bring on this 2-year grant-funded position.

This cohort will receive intense upfront lobbying training together as well as periodic follow-up sessions. The training is intended to prepare applicants for this full-time position which includes a 50% time focus on federal and state lobbying. No previous lobbying experience is required. 

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us, moving decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues — from criminal justice to media representation to the social safety net to voter freedom — so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. 

For this position, we’re looking for strong writers with strategic insight and previous experience working in federal policy, digital advocacy, or communications. The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle competing priorities.

 Successful candidates will:

  • Have a strong racial justice analysis, ideally with a focus on the harms of corporate monopolies to Black communities and the risks of an unregulated technology sector.
  • Spend at least 50% of their time working directly on federal and state lobbying.
  • Report to the Deputy Senior Campaign Director for Media, Culture, and Economic Justice.
  • Foster good relationships on the Hill with key staffers and offices to aid in advancing Color Of Change’s legislative agenda. 
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with staff across the Campaigns Team and other departments within Color Of Change.
  • Travel occasionally for staff gatherings, conferences, and campaign-related actions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Core responsibilities of the Senior Policy Manager will include:

  • Developing a campaign strategy to challenge the consolidation of corporate power across industries and ensure effective regulation of the tech industry.
  • Tracking ongoing legislative developments and hearings at the federal and state level related to issues under the purview of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice team. 
  • Preparing briefing materials, testimony, and talking points quickly and effectively for both internal and external audiences. 
  • Executing strategic campaigns to engage Color Of Change members in building power with legislators and regulators to win change for Black people. 
  • Coordinating ongoing events on the Hill which showcase the expertise of Color Of Change senior staff and develop greater relationships with key members of Congress and relevant staff. 
  • Working with our communications team to implement press and digital tactics in support of overall campaign vision. 
  • Representing Color Of Change in coalitions related to our platform accountability and corporate consolidation work as needed.  

QUALIFICATIONS

In this role and organization, strategic thinking and writing ability are paramount. While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. A qualified candidate should have:

  • Exceptional writing skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will be asked to draft campaign documents, edit others, and communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop campaign assets.
  • Effective communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate with internal staff as well as key stakeholders outside the organization is crucial; especially in fast-paced moments, you’ll need to be clear and ask for clarity in return.
  • A coherent racial justice analysis and an ability to effectively use a Black/racial justice frame of reference to write strong and persuasive campaign and/or other engagement materials.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit. This ambitious drive is necessary for owning the work in your issue area and should also be combined with the ability to be creative and work quickly. 
  • Top-notch organization skills. If the books on your bookshelf are in alphabetical order, your notes utilize colors with specific meanings, and you find long to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you! Multiple team members across the organization will interact with members of Congress and congressional staff, so detailed records are essential to maintaining good organizational relationships on the Hill. 
  • A commitment to confidentiality. In this role, you’ll have a window into movement and organizational politics at the highest level. Confidentiality is key.
  • Constructive optimism. The work that we do — be it political, organizing, or creative — is all about the art of the possible. While we’re looking to remedy deep structural issues, our progress comes incrementally — a series of wins, some small and some large, that continually move us closer to the systemic change we seek.
  • Management skills. While management experience is not a prerequisite for this role, skills in developing talent — training, coaching, planning, delegation, and accountability — will be important to development in the management part of this position.

POSITION SUMMARY

Over 70% of web traffic goes through Facebook and Google. Does that terrify you?

Every second, racist algorithms make decisions that affect your daily life. Does that seem unjust?

Corporate monopolies have closed the doors of…

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  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Color Of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental and disability insurances.

Color Of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental and disability…

How to Apply

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-tailored cover letter. 

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-tailored cover letter. 

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC…

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