The Statewide Poverty Action Network is a coalition of thousands of individuals and organizations taking action to eliminate the root causes of poverty through state and federal 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 public policy campaigns and serves as our team’s technical expert on our state’s basic needs programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Housing and Essential Needs (HEN), Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD), and Adult Dental. This position also works to forward Poverty Action’s mission by organizing and mobilizing low-income communities to take action on our legislative priorities.
Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks
25% In coordination with the Advocacy Director and lobby team, utilize quantitative data, national policy research, and community-identified concerns to develop statewide public policy solutions and budget proposals for the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Housing & Essential Needs (HEN), Aged & Blind or Disabled (ABD) and Adult Dental programs. Provide comprehensive and in-depth analysis of public policies and budget proposals. Provide technical expertise on basic needs priorities to statewide stakeholders, lawmakers, and legislative staff in the drafting and updating of legislation and budget requests.
Legislative & Government Relations
25% Meet with, educate, and influence state elected officials and state agencies to support Poverty Action’s basic needs budget and policy priorities. Create technical and persuasive documents for lawmakers, legislative staff, and state department officials including the Department of Social and Health Services, the Governor’s office, and other stakeholders. Create and lead presentations and testimony on Poverty Action’s basic needs priorities, including legislative and executive work sessions and hearings. Make time-sensitive legislative decisions on behalf of Poverty Action with regard to our basic needs priorities.
20% Lead Poverty Action’s basic needs policy campaign. Initiate and lead statewide legislative and implementation coalitions, working collaboratively with legislators and state agency officials, to ensure the successful passage and enactment of state-level basic needs legislation and budget priorities that impact thousands of public benefit recipients. Work strategically with partners at national coalitions in order to leverage relationships, resources, and knowledge from national-level organizations to support state-level basic needs priorities.
20% Develop community leaders from within Poverty Action’s membership base. Create and implement forums and other community organizing initiatives, develop curriculum for advocacy trainings, and coach and support people with low incomes in preparing and presenting testimony to the legislature or speaking to the media.
Media & Communications
5% Working closely with communications staff, support the media communications work on behalf of Poverty Action’s basic needs priorities, including writing press statements and guest columns, developing press briefings and events, setting up meetings with editorial staff, and conducting interviews with media reporters. Build relationships with reporters and editors of papers around the state, and track their coverage on issues around poverty and the state’s basic needs programs;
5% Participate in program, department, and agency meetings and relevant trainings as required. Staff one committee for 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