Nonprofit
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Published 27 days ago

Policy Manager

Hybrid, Work must be performed in Washington, US

Details

Job Type:Full Time
Start Date:July 22, 2024
Application Deadline:July 15, 2024
Salary:USD $62,400 - $83,200 / year

Description

WHO WE ARE

Headquartered in Seattle, with regional offices in Pierce, Spokane and Yakima counties, TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing civil legal aid to vulnerable youth across Washington State. The mission of TeamChild is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile court system. TeamChild works to help youth secure the education, healthcare, housing, and other supports needed to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. TeamChild believes that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, an equitable and inclusive organization is being built. Staff, volunteers and board members are being given the tools to address institutional racism and other forms of oppression. This commitment provides a foundation for empowering the youth and families; ensuring they are justly represented and their desires are amply fulfilled.

ABOUT TEAMCHILD

TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit legal aid organization serving youth across Washington State, with office locations in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane. TeamChild’s mission is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile legal system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing and other support they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. We have three mutually reinforcing program strategies: legal services, policy advocacy, and training and community education. Core to all of our work is our legal services program, which reaches youth 12-24 years old in four of Washington’s largest counties as well as youth incarcerated in our state’s juvenile prisons. Our clients are youth and young adults who are entangled in juvenile court and the child welfare system and need civil legal advocacy to prevent homelessness, access education and employment, and get their basic health and other needs met. In our work, we also aim to move systems away from exclusion, punishment, arrest, and incarceration towards more effective and community-based strategies that address root causes and provide culturally meaningful and developmentally appropriate support and opportunities for young people.

At TeamChild, we believe that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, we are trying to build an equitable and inclusive organization and providing our team of staff, volunteers, and Board members with the tools to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression. All members of our team are responsible for providing and supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment that will enrich our interactions with each other and our advocacy. This responsibility provides the foundation for empowering the children and families that we serve so their needs are justly represented, and their desires amply fulfilled.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE

TeamChild is seeking to fill a full-time Policy Manager position. The Policy Manager will work collaboratively with the Interim Executive Director to plan, strategize, and advocate for mission-critical systems level reforms at the public policy level and consistent with TeamChild’s values, vision and mission. TeamChild’s current broad impact goals include (1) decriminalization, decarceration, and abolition, (2) expanding and investing in community-led and community-based alternatives and resources, (3) increasing equitable access to education, health care, and housing supports, and (4) shifting power and repairing harm in BIPOC communities.

TeamChild has been actively engaged in broader community efforts to end the use of incarceration for young people, curtail the use of exclusionary school discipline, and replace punitive and harmful approaches to youth with restorative community-based supports. Our statewide efforts have contributed to the elimination of indefinite school expulsions, expanded pathways to divert youth from prosecution, and the phasing out of the use of detention for status offenses. In addition, TeamChild has partnered with community and other organizations to engage in local policy advocacy with accomplishments, such as getting police out of Spokane Public Schools and ending the detention of juveniles charged as adults in the adult jail in Pierce County

The Policy Manager reports to the Interim Executive Director and works with all of TeamChild’s staff, as well as external partners, to manage, plan, organize, support, collaboratively determine, and implement TeamChild’s strategic policy advocacy. There is flexibility in this position for some remote work and work from our Seattle or Tacoma offices. This position will require periodic travel to Olympia and TeamChild offices across the state, as well as working some evenings and weekends.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

1)      Manage TeamChild’s Policy Advocacy

●      Manage and implement TeamChild’s annual policy advocacy strategy in collaboration with the Interim ExecutiveDirector, leadership team, Community Engagement team, legal team;

●      Support Interim Executive Director and other staff in organizing policy strategies, overseeing the statewide collaborative process for priority setting, and sharing that information in a clear and timely manner with all staff;

●      Plan and execute TeamChild’s policy priorities in collaboration with the Youth Advisory Board, community stakeholders, staff, and youth;

●     Partner with Director of Legal Services, other Managing Attorneys, and legal program staff to develop coordinated strategies to achieve impact for clients/communities; 

●      Act as a point person for partner and community organizations who seek TeamChild’s support or input on legislative or other policy initiatives;

●      Research and report on emerging policy issues and topics related to TeamChild’s mission and client needs;

●      Review and analyze bills in the legislature, local government policies, and other policy-based advocacy proposals;

●      Track legislative and policy initiatives that TeamChild has identified as priorities and communicate their progress with staff;

●      Develop summaries and highlight questions for staff to review regarding legislative proposals, and respond to staff requests for information and ideas about policy work;

●      Develop and facilitate processes for collaborative and timely decision-making by TeamChild on requests for policy support or input, including facilitating staff discussions.

2) Work with TeamChild’s lobbyists and Interim Executive Director to implement and communicate TeamChild’s policy activities and strategies, including those related to the budget, during the WA State Legislative Sessions.

3)     Grow awareness and action within our community by partnering with TeamChild’s Communications Manager and interim Executive Director on policy advocacy plan; draft &/or review policy-related blog posts, articles, and other media copy that is aligned with TeamChild’s policy strategy and implementation.

4)     Work with stakeholders and legislative partners to ensure effective implementation of legislative changes, including engaging Youth Advisory Board in the process.

5)    Represent TeamChild in workgroups and committees as needed and coordinate other staff to participate in policy related work in community.

6)     Collaborate with TeamChild Community Engagement and Anti-Racism Director and Manager, Communications Manager, Youth Advisory Board, and Program Staff on community engagement and communications strategies as agreed upon in developing collaborative work plans.

7)    Perform all work consistent with TeamChild’s values, vision, and mission.

8)    Maintain confidentiality and comply with rules of a law firm.

9)    Participate in internal work groups at TeamChild regarding budget, hiring, policies, retreats, and other internal functions and collective agency work.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

●      Comprehensive substantive understanding of the legal and policy needs of youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile legal system, students eligible for special education, students experiencing school discipline, youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, Medicaid eligibility, youth involved in child welfare, and other related youth-serving public systems and court processes.

●      Demonstrated experience managing policy initiatives or strategies from community-led development to legislative process to implementation.

●      Education or comparable experience in public policy, juvenile legal system, youth advocacy, social work, education, or related field.

●      Minimum of 3 years of combined experience in public policy, state legislative advocacy, civil rights, or related fields.

●      Experience or ability to analyze and synthesize law and legislative proposals.

●      Demonstrated commitment and experience in standing in relation and accountability to communities most impacted by juvenile courts and systems. Preference for candidates with strong statewide and/or local community connections in the communities that we serve and lived experience in the systems TeamChild works within.

●     Project management skills, including but not limited to: facilitation, team leadership, and collaboration, shared decision-making, creating work plans and timely implementation, and use of technology to coordinate teamwork;

●     Solid skills in setting up, calendaring, troubleshooting and facilitating virtual meetings with individuals and teams using different platforms (e.g. Teams, Zoom, Google Meet);

●      Well-developed oral and written communication skills to distill and convey complex information;

●      Solid understanding and analysis of systems impacting youth;

●     Solid analysis of systemic oppression, including institutional racism, and demonstrated commitment to undoing institutional racism and other forms of oppression.

●      Innovative problem solver and strategic thinker with a growth mindset

●      Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the state

●      Must live and be authorized to work in Washington State and be proximate to one of TeamChild’s offices

CULTURE

TeamChild is a unique, values-driven organization that is boldly committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that supports collaboration, inclusion, shared-accountability, distributed power and non-hierarchical operations. At its core, TeamChild fights for effective solutions and community-driven strategies that nurture and develop the health and wellbeing of young people, instead of exclusion and incarceration. Individuals who work for TeamChild are naturally aligned with the following:

·      A commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, intersectional equity analysis.

·      A focus on relationship building

·      An ability to listen with an open mind and a deep commitment to including and respecting diverse viewpoints.      

·      Values collaboration and inclusive decision-making.

·      A proactive, passionate, and collaborative attitude.

·      A foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

TeamChild has offices in Seattle, Pierce, Spokane, and Yakima that are generally open on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•    Able to input information into a computer for long periods of time.

•   Able to remain stationary for extended periods.

•   Able to assess information communicated through a computer.

•   Able to work some evenings, weekends, holidays, and extended hours in occasional emergent circumstances.

•    Able to travel locally as needed.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. TeamChild reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 

This is a full-time position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as travel within the state. The salary range for this position is $62,400 to $83,200* depending on years of experience.

*Please note that salary range is pending on Board approval for implementation on July 1, 2024.

TeamChild offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), generous paid time off, long- and short-term disability, life insurance, and options to set up Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and 403b retirement accounts. TeamChild also offers an annual $1,000 wellness benefit to employees.

TeamChild provides a $5,000 moving bonus to those individuals who are relocating to Washington State from elsewhere.

All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply. TeamChild is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TeamChild is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board, and staff.

WHO WE ARE

Headquartered in Seattle, with regional offices in Pierce, Spokane and Yakima counties, TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing civil legal aid to vulnerable youth across Washington State. The…

Benefits

TeamChild offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), generous paid time off, long- and short-term disability, life insurance, and options to set up Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and 403b retirement accounts. TeamChild also offers an annual $1,000 wellness benefit to employees.

TeamChild provides a $5,000 moving bonus to those individuals who are relocating to Washington State from elsewhere. 

TeamChild offers full benefits including medical, dental, vision, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), generous paid time off, long- and short-term disability, life insurance, and…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in Washington, US
1225 South Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144, United States
Suite 420

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to jobs@teamchild.org using the following file naming convention: “[Last Name] - Letter” and “[Last Name] - Resume”. Please write “Policy Manager– [Last Name] in the subject line. No phone calls or email inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. 

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to jobs@teamchild.org using the following file naming convention: “[Last Name] - Letter” and “[Last Name] - Resume”. Please…

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