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Policy and Advocacy Manager

Job Description

Policy & Advocacy Manager

Position Summary

The Washington State Community Action Partnership (WSCAP) is the state association of Washington State’s 30 Community Action Agencies. WSCAP equips Community Action Agencies (CAAs) with training, technical assistance, and advocacy strategies that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty and lift the voices of our members and the people we serve. CAAs work to stabilize and equip families and individuals to exit poverty. Equity, inclusion, and trauma-informed practices are at the core of this work. CAAs serve over 300,000 low-income Washingtonians in all 39 counties through a variety of community-based services that generate almost $400 million in economic activity annually.

WSCAP is seeking a Policy & Advocacy Manager to grow our capacity to organize the people we serve in advocating for solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty across Washington State. The Policy & Advocacy Manager will report to WSCAP’s Executive and Deputy Directors and engage the network in promoting WSCAP’s state and federal legislative agenda. This role interacts with and supports a variety of standing committees, projects, and task forces on an ongoing and as-needed basis.

This an opportunity for an adaptable go-getter who can combine a policy mind with an organizer’s heart to educate and empower people and communities to take action against the causes and condition of poverty. The successful candidate is open to onboarding and beginning work remotely from anywhere in Washington State with frequent travel to Olympia during legislative session. WSCAP maintains a small office in Olympia that is available to any staff who wish to work there. There will be occasional travel throughout the state for in-person WSCAP meetings and events throughout the year. Ownership of a car is not required for this position and travel expenses are reimbursed monthly for those who travel with a personal vehicle.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an annual statewide advocacy and engagement plan for WSCAP
  • Work with WSCAP’s Legislative Committee and WSCAP’s contract lobbyist to facilitate the development of annual legislative priorities, administrative advocacy, and organizing capacity
  • Collaborate with team members to align projects and priorities across the organization, such as data and communications related to Community Needs Assessments, national reports, and self-reported data, and other sources
  • Research and develop policy proposals related to programs that stabilize basic needs and equip families and individuals to exit poverty, especially the Community Services Block Grant, Weatherization, Energy/Utility Assistance, housing programs, and social determinants of health, education, and justice
  • Attend and report on state and national network, partner, and coalition meetings and build long-term, accountable relationships with these partners around our shared policy and organizing goals
  • Assist with planning of virtual and in-person events, trainings, and meetings as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Mandatory Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of combined, relevant experience
  • A desire to work in community with a small team of people dedicated to bettering the lives of people throughout Washington State.
  • A willingness to regularly engage in conversations about racism and other systemic barriers to poverty reduction.
  • A drive to make sure Washington State’s Community Action Agencies have what they need to win the War on Poverty in their communities and to build the relationships across sectors that will change our communities for the better.
  • Proficient to expert use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Exceptional organizational skills, time management, attention to detail, and ability to communicate with others as well as seek out resources and assistance effectively when needed

Further consideration will be given to candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Experience volunteering or working with Community Action Agencies and/or another small nonprofit or public program serving people with low incomes
  • Knowledge (including lived experience) of the causes and impacts of poverty and systemic inequality
  • Experience with both organizing and public policy research
  • Knowledge of Washington State

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and expectations required of the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change. This role requires some travel both in and out of state for trainings and meetings. Personal vehicle mileage/rental fees, lodging, and meals for work-related travel are reimbursed.

Salary and Benefits
Starting salary range is $58,000-65,000. WSCAP also offers:

  • 5 days of Administrative Leave for any purpose
  • 12 holidays (Washington State Holiday calendar, plus Christmas Eve)
  • 12 days each of personal and sick leave (accrued annually over each pay period)
  • Employer contribution to SEP-IRA
  • Tax-free monthly reimbursement for insurance premiums and qualifying out-of-pocket expenses
  • Strong professional development opportunities

How to Apply
Please submit your resume and a letter of introduction that summarizes your interest and qualifications for this position. This position is open until filled. Resumes will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through September 30, 2022 or until the position is filled.

Electronic submissions should be sent to: jobs at wapartnership.org with subject line "Policy & Advocacy Manager – FIRST & LAST NAME"

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan

Schedule:

  • 4x10
  • 4x12
  • 5x8
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Self-determined schedule

COVID-19 considerations:
The successful candidate will onboard and begin work virtually from anywhere in
Washington State and with occasional travel throughout the state for in-person meetings and events.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote

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