Do you believe we will see a generation of tobacco-free youth? Do you believe that every youth deserves the right to be happy and risk-free from alcohol and other drug addiction? Are you looking for an opportunity to join a collaborative team and make a difference in the lives of our youth? If so, you’re the type of candidate we hope applies for this role.
TxSDY is looking for a passionate social change leader who isn’t afraid to work hard and speak up to protect youth. We are looking for someone who will inspire others to create healthier and safer communities that prevent youth substance misuse. The Director of Strategy will build and maintain meaningful relationships with community partners and identify opportunities to transform systems by harnessing collective power.
Externally, the position works with communities across the state to elevate local voices and youth substance use issues to local and state policymakers. Our Director of Strategy is expected to travel community to community to plan and implement TxSDY’s public health policy strategies and campaigns with community partners and coalitions. The Director will also work at the local and state levels to develop public health advocates to create and support sound public health policy and community change.
Internally, this position works closely with the Director of Research & Advocacy, Director of Community Mobilization and Public Policy, and our Epidemiologist. As a team we help communities’ advance policy change, evidence-based prevention strategies, and structural reform that protects youth from substance use at both local and state levels.
We are looking for someone who:
● Thinks about short term in relation to long term goals and the big picture
● Is resilient yet approachable
● Has worked with diverse volunteer groups
● Can inspire others while holding them accountable
● Has worked in public policy, public health, or advocacy campaigns
● Doesn’t mind tackling a task first
● Is agile and able to use adaptive thinking
● Has built long-term, effective, relationships with advocates and/or community partners
● Has utilized media advocacy effectively to advance an issue or cause
Essential Job Duties:
● Serves as a strategic thinker and works independently
● Collaborates, both internally and externally, to achieve organizational goals and advance our prevention agenda
● Helps manage implementation of TxSDY’s prevention agenda
● Serves as organizational lead for local community policy efforts
● Serves as organizational lead for social host campaign/strategy
● Manages Statewide Coalition Specialist
● Utilizes media advocacy to strategically advance goals
● Supports and coaches local advocates to advance strategies
● Plays an essential role in building and managing our team of public health advocates
● Designs multi-faceted strategies – including trainings/presentations and social media – to ensure timely and effective community engagement in our campaigns
● Manages specific grants, ensures fulfillment of grant objectives, adheres to funder’s compliance requirements and budget, meets with grant officer/s
● Strategically develops, coordinates, and oversees the implementation of capacity building efforts to generate a collective impact
● Interacts with stakeholders, coalitions, thought leaders, influencers, elected/appointed officials, agency/department heads and volunteers in politically, economically, and racially diverse communities
● Monitors public policy priorities for immediate and long-term impact
● Provides policy research, talking points, and supporting materials for policy issues
● Recruits, trains, and collaborates with volunteers and partner agencies
The ideal candidate will have:
● Bachelor’s Degree in political science, law, public health, communications or equivalent work experience
● Track record of successfully passing public policy
● Track record in grant writing and completing grant reports
● Minimum of three years of one or more of the following:
○ Legislative and regulatory advocacy
○ Volunteer organizing
○ Building and managing issue-based advocacy campaigns
○ Developing and implementing grassroots tactics
○ Developing and implementing media advocacy campaigns
○ Producing high-quality analysis of policies and regulations as well as lay-person education resources in multiple formats
○ Local government policy experience
● Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development and bringing them to scale under time constraints
● Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work
● Exceptional oral and written communication skills
● Exceptional conflict resolution and facilitation skills
● Exceptional ability to foster relationships and build powerful partnerships
● Ability to travel overnights, approximately 50% of the time
● Must have a cell phone, driver’s license, personal vehicle with applicable insurance
● Ability to lift 30 pounds
● Small non-profit experience is highly preferred
● Commitment to organizational mission and ideology in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of our organization.
Things to Consider:
● This position reports to the CEO.
● The salary is $55-$60K commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
● Hours: full-time exempt position; some nights and weekends. Travel required.
● To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should share how you can inspire others, your direct experience, and what you will add to our existing team.
Who is Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (TxSDY)?
Located in Austin, Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (TxSDY) is the statewide non-profit and social change organization that is committed to putting an end to youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. When we see a gap that puts the health and safety of young people at risk, we fill it. We are also a leader in advancing evidence-based strategies that not only unleash large scale social movements but prevent youth from beginning deadly habits.
We are known for getting in the trenches and fueling our mission through sweat equity. We do this work in partnership with local coalitions, colleges, state agencies, stakeholders, and other organizations with similar missions. Within our matrix driven structure, our team is expected to work hard, and operate in a highly collaborative manner.
How does TxSDY pursue its mission? We use collective impact and civic engagement strategies to build capacity for communities to advance public policy through advocacy and effective prevention strategies. Simply put, we believe that community and corporate accountability are needed to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug use. And we train grassroots and grasstops leaders to do the work.
Our mission and values are simple…We believe in a community where its members and corporate citizens share accountability for preventing youth substance abuse. We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation. We welcome candidates who share our beliefs to apply for any role within our organization.
Do you believe we will see a generation of tobacco-free youth? Do you believe that every youth deserves the right to be happy and risk-free from alcohol and other drug addiction? Are you looking for an opportunity to join a collaborative team…
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Your cover letter should share how you can inspire others, your direct experience, and what you will add to our existing team.
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should share how you can inspire others, your direct experience, and what you will add to our existing…