Advocacy Manager

19 May, 2021


Advocacy Manager

The Participatory Budgeting Project
Brooklyn, NY


The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking an Advocacy Manager to join the small but effective team at our award-winning organization.

The Advocacy Manager works closely with our Programs team and is responsible for educating people about Participatory Budgeting (PB) and supporting them as they consider whether PB is a good fit for their context in municipalities and schools. This includes building relationships with local leads and with national/international partners to offer the support needed to get processes approved or expanded.

You are perfect for this role if you’re passionate about and committed to equity, community, and relationship-building. If you share our values of striving to bring people together across differences and support them in learning from each other, troubleshooting around ways to build support for innovative practices, forging new bonds, and working collaboratively to achieve shared goals, we encourage you to apply!

This full-time position reports to one of PBP’s Co-Executive Directors, Kristania De Leon, and is based in either New York City or Oakland, CA.

Key Responsibilities

The following are the key responsibilities and areas of focus for this role. This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities.

  • Track, manage, and develop advocacy strategies and practices to launch new PB processes and expand existing PB processes in municipalities and schools.
  • Support stakeholders in crafting general and tailored approaches to get PB approved.
  • Manage the transfer of approved PB processes to our Technical Assistance team, including relationship handoff, contract preparation support, and implementation planning.
  • Deliver educational talks and trainings to key stakeholders who are considering PB or are budget decision-makers.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with prospective and current partners to create a base of PB advocates. This includes identifying emerging partner needs and liaising to other PBP staff to support strategies to meet these needs.
  • Support program team members in accomplishing goals, including implementation service delivery, tool development, and collaborating on program approach.
  • Expectations of all staff: Participate in organization-wide and program area calls and activities, including actively contributing to strategic planning, annual goal setting and review, and end of year fundraising initiatives.

Desired Experience and Skills

Must Haves

  • At least three years of relevant full-time experience in project management, training and facilitation, community engagement and/or organizing. There are no educational requirements for this position.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively manage a dynamic area of work.
  • Ability to engage a diversity of partners and comfortably facilitate and train stakeholders on participatory practices.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to sustain respectful and constructive relationships with others in a range of contexts, with a strong community orientation.
  • Adaptable and resourceful in the face of uncertainty and changing social and political contexts.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Deep commitment to PBP’s mission and passion for participatory democracy and equity, with a strong emphasis on centering community voice.
  • Willing to work within a sociocratic framework that balances autonomy and shared decision-making

Nice to Haves

  • Experience working with underrepresented communities including low-income communities, immigrant communities, communities of color, and/or youth
  • Familiarity with CRMs, such as Hubspot, Salesforce, etc.
  • Proficiency in an additional language.
  • Experience working with local governments, schools, community organizations, and volunteers.
  • Experience with participatory budgeting, participatory democracy and related fields
  • Experience with managing budget and contracts
  • Experience with event planning and coordination
  • Ability to determine when to seek out support and help
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, actively listen, consider multiple perspectives, and adapt when necessary

About PBP

For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 534,000 people in deciding how to spend $337 million.

PBP is at an exciting moment of transition, growth, and change. We are growing our staff capacity to create an organizational culture that celebrates accomplishments and cultivates a caring and supportive environment. We are transitioning to a Co-Leadership model to share and develop leadership across all areas to build a leaderful organization. And we are implementing a new organizational and decision-making structure based on sociocracy that builds on creative thinking and trust in oneself and others within a collaborative and distributed leadership structure. In this new phase of PBP, we will build on past successes to create a new strategic vision and an organization that prioritizes our team and community alongside participatory democracy.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our job board and should include a cover letter and resume.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by  June 7, 2021.

PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of communities we work in. We strongly encourage applications from black, indigenous, and people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Job posted: 2021-05-19