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Associate State Director - Advocacy The candidate works with staff, volunteers, members, chapters, and other company divisions to create positive social change and deliver value to company members within a strongly nonpartisan environment. Develops and provides strategic leadership for company local, state and federal advocacy activities in the state. Builds and fosters appropriate relationships with elected officials at all levels (local, state, federal). Implements national company advocacy efforts and campaigns in the state. Works with staff and volunteers to prioritize local, state and federal advocacy activity in alignment with state plan and national dashboard. Engages staff and volunteers in key relationship building, grassroots activities and related outreach activities. Recruits, develops, engages and leads the advocacy volunteers, providing training resources and support as needed. Works in close collaboration with the communications, outreach and volunteer engagement staff and volunteers for maximum integration and effectiveness. Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and key volunteers in the development of local, state and federal advocacy priorities that are consistent with national policy standards and mandates. Manages the development of strategic plans and campaigns. Builds strong grassroots and key contact capacities. Organizes and maintains effective statewide coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues. Provides leadership to staff and volunteers to develop a meaningful organization of involved and active volunteers that impacts public policy at the local, state and national level. Fosters, builds, and maintains a strong grassroots and key contacts organization. Demonstrates leadership that has a real and sustained impact on elected officials and other decision makers on behalf of company’s policy goals and objectives. Plans and executes company advocacy campaigns that include grassroots and key contacts mobilization, lobbying, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of company advocacy goals at the local, state and national level. Assists in the development of an assigned budget and guides strategy development through goal setting, priority ranking, political and environmental scanning, and advocacy outcome measurement, in relation to state office priorities and the national company dashboard. Develops, maintains and leverages relationships with elected and appointed officials and other decision makers in the state. Contacts and confers with members of the legislature and other public office holders to persuade them to favorable positions regarding company’s priorities. Represents company before policy makers and those who promulgate rules and regulations in the state. In close collaboration with the Community Outreach/Volunteer Engagement Associate State Directors, recruits, orients, trains and manages the advocacy volunteers. Provides coaching, mentoring, technical assistance, and skill-building. Provides or arranges for training on substantive issues requiring in-depth expertise and knowledge. Focuses on active engagement and involvement of volunteers and members who are impacted by the issue at hand. In consultation with Communications, informs members and the public on issues of concern to company, including voter education and advocacy regarding both state and federal legislative issues. Develops issue briefings, materials and resources, which prepares staff, volunteers and partners for communicating policy, including with policy and lawmakers. Prepares written communications in collaboration with the Communications ASD, such as letters of support/opposition, speeches and testimony. At the discretion of management, serves on national task forces and work groups, ensuring state relevance in the strategic planning and policy-making processes. Responsible for regular reporting on progress and results, including recommended changes in the environment or execution of plans. Demonstrates company Values Leadership Behaviors in all interactions.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy Administration, Law, Business Social Science or related discipline and 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of training and experience related to position. Must demonstrates a deep understanding of the state’s political and community service environment and the leadership of the multiple factions. Must have technology proficiency. Experience in working with volunteers required. Previous grassroots organizing and/or government relations experience necessary. Strong written and oral communications skills required, as well as an understanding of rules that govern state legislative bodies.
Job ID: 12459281
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