The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks a full-time Advocacy Teams Organizer to support new and prospective members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams to develop deep advocacy skills and connect with the national network of 1500 people already working in 125 Advocacy Teams around the country. This position reports to the Advocacy Team Manager and is part of the Strategic Advocacy Team.
The Advocacy Teams Organizer is responsible for all aspects of recruiting and launching 40 Advocacy Teams each year, as well as helping to recruit and retain people to participate in this deep advocacy work. The trainer spends the bulk of their time leading Zoom calls and, once it is safe to travel again, leading in-person workshops in communities across the country.
In addition to launching new teams, the organizer supports existing teams and develops strategies for nurturing the community of people in these teams. Other duties include hosting monthly New Member Training calls, supporting existing teams to recruit new members. and other duties that strengthen the network.
At FCNL, we embrace having a multitude of voices and talents working together to strengthen our impact in the world. In keeping with the Quaker testimony of equality, we strive to be an organization that welcomes, values, and respects the different perspectives of every individual. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and religious backgrounds.
As a Quaker organization, FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. We play a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. FCNL’s team of lobbyists have extensive connections and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following priorities: peacebuilding, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; curtailing endless war; criminal justice sentencing reform, immigration reform, refugees, solutions to climate change, economic justice, and Native American issues.
Our dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both here in Washington at two major lobbying events each year and in local district offices throughout the year. We inform and educate our network through our newsletter and collateral materials and activate our grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach.
Our national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. We are dedicated to growing the network with particular emphasis on effective relationship-building as a path to policy change. In the past 5 years, FCNL staff have provided more than 5,000 people in 50 states with the tools needed to meet with Congress in person or virtually. Advocacy Teams have been the leading force identifying, training, and supporting a network of Quakers and like-minded folk who are building deep relationships with members of Congress and their staff. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 48, including 20 registered lobbyists.
FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout our 78-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Our strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through our vibrant network of activists.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
Meet recruitment goals to launch 40 teams a year in collaboration with the Advocacy Teams Manager and the rest of FCNL staff. This will include:
Service to the Larger Advocacy Team Program
This description outlines the general nature of the duties that a person in this position is expected to perform. It is expected that the employee will perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
● Two to three years engaging people in social activism
● Demonstrated passion for identifying, inspiring, and engaging people to advocate for social change
● An entrepreneurial self-starter who is able to build new structures and initiatives.
● After the pandemic, the ability to travel up to 60 percent of the time to launch new teams.
● Ability to speak from your own experience and motivate individuals and groups to engage in deep advocacy
● Demonstrated public speaking ability
● Ability to work with a team remotely and provide timely, accurate reports
● Demonstrated ability to work independently
● Agreement with FCNL’s policy positions and understanding of a faith-based perspective toward lobbying
The Advocacy Teams Organizer’s schedule is never routine, and the workweek is highly variable within a 37.5-hour average workweek. There is a travel expectation of up to 60% with some evening and weekend work required. Some compensatory time may balance evening and weekend work and travel. This position can either be in the office or 100% remote. The employee will work with the supervisor to determine the in-office or telework arrangement. There may be times when the employee is required to come into the office for meetings, events or to complete special projects.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary starts at $50,000 and is negotiable based on skills and experience, and in relation to other similarly sized non-profits in the Washington, D.C. market. Robust benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, generous retirement plan contribution, paid time off plus holidays, parental leave, and more.
FCNL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, genetic information, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks a full-time Advocacy Teams Organizer to support new and prospective members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams to develop deep advocacy skills and connect with the national…