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Associate State Director - Advocacy and Outreach The candidate works with staff, volunteers, members and other company divisions to achieve company’s social impact and member value goals. Develops and provides strategic leadership for company advocacy activities, including the implementation of national company advocacy efforts and campaigns at the local and state level. Works to build greater grassroots and key contacts capacity as well as relationships with elected officials in an effort to advance company priorities issues. Develops a presence in communities through building and strengthening visibility, media presence, volunteer capacity, and community partnerships and delivering programs and activities and outreach to company members. Serves as a member of the state team and works with other state staff and lead volunteers to develop grassroots and community outreach strategies and tactics to advance priority issues in the state. Helps to organize and maintain effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues. Plans and executes integrated advocacy campaigns that include grassroots and key contacts mobilization, lobbying, community resources and organization, policy expertise, and political knowledge in support of company legislative goals at the local, state and national level. 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. Builds and maintains strong grassroots and key contacts organization and leadership for the purpose of impacting elected officials on behalf of company’s policy goals and objectives. Builds and maintains strong, productive relationships with Members of Congress, state and county/local officials and their district office staff as necessary and maintains a non-partisan stance with respect to candidates, incumbents, political parties and public events. Collaborates with regionally focused company volunteers to develop grassroots and key contact capacity to enable effective communication and impact on local, state and federal elected and appointed officials. Represents company before policy makers and those who promulgate rules and regulations in the state. Focuses on active engagement and involvement of volunteers and members who are impacted by the issue at hand. Informs members and the public on issues of concern to company, including voter education and advocacy regarding local, state and federal legislative issues. Engages members, volunteers, and community allies in grassroots, community outreach, and policy maker relationship activities in support of the company state plan. Organizes and maintains visible and effective coalitions and partnerships dealing with volunteer engagement, social impact, legislative, and member value strategic activities. Works in close partnership with staff and volunteer leaders to recruit, match, orient, train, and support volunteers. Creates and implements volunteer recognition plans. Provides assistance and support on performance management and coaching in partnership with the volunteers’ supervisors. Provides technical assistance in the issue areas and processes related to federal and state campaigns and livable communities. Participates in training volunteers on priority issues, strategies, tactics, policies, relationship building, and state-specific political processes. Works in collaboration with state and national office colleagues to promote company’s strategic issues, priorities, programs, and activities. Makes presentations at workshops and conferences, as appropriate. Works with volunteers on primary issues, community service, legislative and regulatory efforts. Ensures company is seen as a visible force in community service and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public. Expands awareness of company and our priorities among community and public policy leaders. Identifies and positions company as a critical voice for age-eligible individuals, but also demonstrates relevance to all generations (i.e., decisions being made today can often most affect those 49 or younger). Manages and coordinates opportunities with public-speaking venues and other high profile venues, in collaboration with the Communications staff. Enhances company’s reputation among non-traditional partners, including community leaders, businesses, educators, and policy makers. Initiates new relationships and sustains existing ones. Monitors, compiles, and tracks the positions of allies and opponents through research and outreach. Assists with monitoring the public dialogue about issues important to company through “issues” grids and other devices. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing, with the strategic use of data and communications channels, including Social Media. Demonstrates company Leadership Behaviors in all interactions. Should have completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy Administration, Law, Business, Social or human sciences, or a related discipline and 5-7 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position. Must demonstrates a strong understanding of the state’s political and community service environment (e.g., legislative leaders, government officials, community service leaders, partners, organizations, critical state-wide community service needs, major stakeholders, etc.). Previous grassroots organizing and/or government relations experience strongly encouraged.
Job ID: 12459220
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