Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
Our client is seeking a Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. The Director of Public Policy and Advocacy directs the organization's efforts to achieve policy change that advance equality, racial, social, and economic justice and civil rights for Black Oregonians. The incumbent will lead our efforts in Policy, Advocacy and Civic Engagement and advance our client’s mission of economic empowerment and civil rights through oversight of all efforts related to advocacy, outreach and community organizing, research, policy analysis, issue campaigns and publications that create a favorable climate for our client’s programs and strategies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- The Director of Public Policy and Advocacy is responsible for the planning, implementation, directing and management of all facets of our client’s policy and advocacy initiatives and campaigns to advance equity for Black/African Americans in Oregon and SW Washington
- Advance the organization's social policy agenda before the state legislature, executive branch and city councils, school board and county commissions, as appropriate. Including identifying policy change opportunities, policy research and writing, developing issue campaigns and messaging, mobilizing constituencies and coalitions.
- Organize and plan advocacy support of the passage of designated policy initiatives that eliminate/reduce racial disparity and barriers to employment, education, health, economic development, and quality of life for members of Black communities throughout the state and region.
- Produce and disseminate, precise, fact-based policy research reports, briefing papers to the public, policy analysts, policymakers, government officials, the policy community, and other thought leaders.
- Develop strategies for involving member, program participants, and local leaders in the work of the organization at the local level, monitoring local initiatives and legislation and mobilizing our grassroots for local action.
- Develop strategic campaigns related to local, county and state policy objectives working collaboratively with other staff.
- Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues and campaigns.
- Support the President & CEO to build and manage our client’s relationships with public officials.
- Develop and leverage partnerships with public sector, other non-profit agencies, advocacy groups, employers, business, community, and faith-based organizations. Actively participate on task forces, Town Hall meetings, steering committees, advisory councils, and coalitions focused on and issues surrounding equity, disparity reduction and civil rights.
- Establish and sustain a broad-based network and coalition of support around issues and proposed policy changes. Build a constituency that can seek innovative policy solutions to achieving equity and reducing/eliminating disparities for African Americans and other communities of color.
- Publish reports, op-eds, research briefs, and white papers on a variety of issues of impact to our constituency.
- Contribute to the overall team effort by completing other duties as assigned.
- Commitment to and knowledge of social justice issues and the dynamics of social change. Excellent writing, speaking and analytic skills; the ability to explain complex policy issues to the public.
- Five years professional experience in policy advocacy, policy research and analysis, coalition building, community organizing, or a related field.
- Experience preferred in coordinating successful political, legislative, or activist campaigns. Familiarity with and/or expertise in a broad range of social justice issues, particularly involving education, employment, health, child welfare and criminal justice.
- Experience in managing complicated projects, including organizing allies, volunteers, interns, and activists.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people, bridging partisan politics Experience with on-line organizing, communication, and activism technology.
- Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage multiple ongoing projects.
- Ability to work with diverse communities, specific understanding of culturally specific initiatives and programs.
- Proven ability to interface with governmental, community organizations, and the press.
A B.A. OR 2 years of Direct Experience performing the essential duties described above PLUS 5 years of directly related professional experience in the field of policy and legislative advocacy and a demonstrated work history of increasing responsibility focused on advancing racial justice initiatives. One year experience supervising interns, volunteers, or paid staff.
**We are unable to accommodate corp. to corp. candidates**
About Motus Recruiting and Staffing, Inc:
Founded in 2006, Motus is an award-winning recruiting and staffing firm in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in professional services and technology solutions. We are a group of people who not only recognize the importance of representation, but actively fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment process. Our goal is to educate organizations on the importance of DEI when hiring, promoting, and supporting diverse employees. We are calling organizations to demonstrate their commitment to DEI by being intentional about who they hire.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
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