Community Organizer/Legislative Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $60,000

Published

06/27/2018

Application Deadline

07/13/2018

Address

73 Buffum Street
Lynn
Massachusetts
01902
United States

Description

Overview:

The Community Organizer/Legislative Advocate will have lead responsibility for engaging the Coalition’s existing statewide membership network of concerned citizens, providers, families/individuals/youth who are experiencing homelessness, and families/individuals/youth who are living in poverty, as well as expanding and deepening the Coalition’s membership base. The Community Organizer/Legislative Advocate also will lead the execution of outreach plans to further the advocacy goals of the Coalition’s public policy initiatives.


Major Responsibilities:

• Assisting in developing and implementing Coalition’s statewide public policy initiatives and campaigns • Engaging in various public policy advocacy activities, including determining advocacy priorities, positions, and strategies • Implementing organizational outreach and organizing plans for public policy campaigns • Developing and executing organizing strategies to further the statewide public policy campaigns of the organization • Overseeing monthly membership meetings • Assisting the Executive Director and Associate Director in creating and directing opportunities for the Coalition’s members to participate in the organization’s public policy activities • Assisting in planning and overseeing the Coalition’s annual Legislative Action Day at the State House • Representing the Coalition and its positions at various outreach events and housing/homelessness related meetings


Trainings, Workshops and Monthly Membership Meetings:

• Assisting in creating and implementing statewide trainings for members • Assisting in creating and implementing statewide workshops for members and constituents • Overseeing monthly membership meetings


Communications:

• As needed, communicating to our members via email, over the phone, and in-person on legislative and administrative issues affecting our constituents • Assisting in the creation of a press strategy on the Coalition’s campaigns, legislative outcomes, and other issues affecting our constituents • Writing press releases and coordinating their release to appropriate venues, including regional and statewide publications, faith-based publications, Internet publications, and through social media outlets • Communicating through Coalition’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram • Accepting speaking engagements, as appropriate


Office Management & Administration:

• Assisting in recruiting interns and helping to set the agenda for their internships • Submitting all required lobbying disclosure reports to the Secretary of State’s office


Qualifications:

• Commitment to social justice • Creative thinker • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred • Excellent professional speaking and writing skills • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills • Ability to work both independently on assigned tasks and collaboratively within a team setting • Ability to meet deadlines and produce quality work in a fast-paced environment • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and/or database software • Ability to travel across Massachusetts (valid driver's license required)

Benefits

The Coalition pays for 75% of health benefits. Coalition staff are entitled to two weeks of vacation their first year of employment and four weeks thereafter.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Kreyol, Khmer, and/or another languages would be helpful for organizing, but not required.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

kelly@mahomeless.org

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Kelly Turley, Associate Director: kelly@mahomeless.org. Read more about the Coalition at www.mahomeless.org. The Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.


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