Join our Advocacy team as we mobilize people across the state to advocate for change.
The Statewide Poverty Action Network is a network of individuals and organizations taking action to eliminate the root causes of poverty through public policy. Poverty Action organizes with a racial equity lens and believes that those most impacted by poverty should lead our work. This position leads our work to ensure that Poverty Action’s short-term policy and field strategy efforts build toward our long-term goal of a strong movement for economic justice and sound legislative strategy. This includes overseeing and staffing a policy campaign and supervising our organizing, policy, and communications staff.
Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks
Policy Campaign Coordination:
15% Develop and implement efforts to mobilize community members, our network, and board members around the state to attend public forums, testify at hearings, write letters, and take direct action on public policy decisions. Connect partner organizations with the aforementioned activities and platforms that cultivate their leadership. Coach and support low-income members in preparing and presenting testimony to the legislature.
10% Meet with, educate and work to influence state elected officials and state agencies, to support Poverty Action’s public policy priorities. Provide testimony and public comment on proposed decisions on behalf of Poverty Action.
10% In coordination with the Advocacy Director and lobby team, develop legislation on policies of interest. Provide comprehensive and accessible analysis of public policies so that staff, advisory board, and Poverty Action members can make informed decisions about possible policies to select as Poverty Action’s priorities.
10% Organize and build coalitions with key community partners and peer organizations. Participate in community coalitions to forward equitable anti-poverty policies.
25% Supervise, assist, and provide guidance to staff to support an aligned and effective Advocacy team.
20% Analyze political landscape to determine strategic organizing locations and networks. Develop, analyze and track public policies and electoral issues in order to support community-driven solutions that address the root causes of poverty.
Collaboration, Teamwork, & Administrative Work:
5% Support Poverty Action’s media and communications work, including drafting or editing press statements. Ensure that Poverty Action’s policy and electoral priorities are represented in the media
5% Participate in program, department, and agency meetings, relevant trainings, and the agency’s anti-racism initiative. Provide support to Poverty Action’s coordinating board.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.Full Job Description