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Advocacy Specialist

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CASA de Maryland Inc.
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Woodbridge, VA
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Published 8 days ago

 

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS: 

CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working-class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits. 

DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS: 

The Politics and Communications Department provides strategic campaign, lobbying, electoral, and communications support to all departments at CASA and CASA in Action. 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Advocacy Specialist will foster external relationships under the supervision and in direct coordination with the Virginia State Director. Candidates should have a strong interest in advocacy and community development, place-based and people-based strategies, economic development, transportation, community growth, or related areas. Key geographic areas for this position are Richmond, Prince William, and Fairfax Counties.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Duties may include, but are not limited to, some of the following which are discussed and prioritized by the employee and supervisor, and reflected in individual and program annual work plans:   

Relationship Building and Strengthening:

  • Identify, develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
  • Identify, develop, maintain, and strengthen organizational relationships. Maintain, build, and strengthen various coalitions.
  • Maintain and expand various coalitions.
  • Organize key coalition meetings by developing agendas, taking notes, and coordinating appropriate follow up. Represent CASA in various coalitions, on boards, and with various allies.
  • Organize Database tracking of partner organizations and maintain the information updated; migrating former organizational systems into the new system
  • Prepare background information on organizations and key agencies and government officials to aid in coalition work; including monitoring of the press, public hearings, etc. 

Advocacy:

  • Assist with advocacy-related duties such as drafting letters, coordinating local engagement activities, preparing petitions, assisting with coalition activities, etc.
  • Draft legislation, amendments, fact sheets, member profiles, and research reports on agenda priorities. Remain current on related advances in other regions.
  • Support full-team projects, including interdepartmental projects, by providing support for outreach, legislative, advocacy and communication activities. 
  • Represent project as needed at meetings, funder briefings, etc. 

Administrative Work:

  • Prepare weekly reports
  • Meet deadlines established by the supervisor and in Department and individual work plan. 
  • Participate actively in the annual planning process, including developing and executing individual work plans, evaluating and providing feedback on plans as the year progresses
  • Think creatively about ways to improve further his/her specific job and the organizations.
  • The work will be assigned to the specific areas of the specified counties according to the work plan.

And other duties assigned by supervisor related to the position.  

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Politics or Communications preferred
  • Valid US Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above. 
  • Deep commitment to social change and to growing CASA de Maryland and CASA in Action as membership organizations in which members have decision-making authority.
  • Two (2) or more year’s advocacy and lobbying experience
  • Two (2) or more year’s experience creating partnerships and coalitions   
  • Excellent oral and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills. Ability to connect with a wide variety of administrative, organizational, and grassroots leaders.  
  • Outgoing and highly charismatic personalities a must.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects. Position requires strong attention to detail and relentless follow-up.
  • Skills with Microsoft Office programs including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and desktop publishing software.
  • Ability to hold privileged information in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Early morning, late evening and weekend hours are common.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, French is a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

OSHA: An Advocacy Specialist is not to handle any human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardous materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogens. 

This is a union position, represented in collective bargaining by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Communication Workers of America, Local WBNG 32035 - Communication Workers of America (CWA). If you are offered and accept this position, you will be invited to become a member of the union. All bargaining unit positions require membership or agency fee payer status.

CASA, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation

This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity.  Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. 

CASA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective June 2, 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees and prospective employees, AmeriCorps members, and paid or non-paid internships. In accordance with CASA's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees, AmeriCorps members and interns, and their families, CASA members and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. In making this decision, the executive leadership team reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, CASA’s Legal Counsel and local health officials.  All prospective employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical/religious accommodation documentation prior to the first day of employment with CASA. AmeriCorps member candidates will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical/religious accommodation documentation at the time of presenting proof of citizenship and SSN eligibility

 

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS: 

CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working-class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 16, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

French, Spanish, and/or any foreign language would be helpful.

French, Spanish, and/or any foreign language would be helpful.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Woodbridge, VA
Associated Location
1455 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192, USA
Suite 203

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