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Advocacy & Outreach Specialist
Job Title: Advocacy & Outreach Specialist
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience and within budget constraints.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in social science, human services or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university is preferred.
Experience: Two years experience in a professional work environment, preferably with a non-profit, governmental or advocacy organization. Familiarity with the aging network, community-based organizations and resources for older adult issues is desirable. Some experience with data management and computer applications is required.
Requirements: Has excellent interpersonal and group process skills. Is accurate, conscientious and flexible with attention to detail. Willingness to work collaboratively in both internal and external team environments. Has a good understanding of the legislative process and the ability to analyze legislative documents. Can pivot and respond quickly to issue developments that require action. Travel as needed to Lansing and out-of-state destinations for legislative and aging association advocacy meetings, as well as within southeast Michigan. Is familiar with computer hardware and Microsoft applications. Has good writing ability. Accepts direction, is well organized, and can meet deadlines. The ability to implement outreach activities, recommend new approaches to challenges and create compelling reports. The Senior Alliance is a non-profit 501c(3) where philanthropy activity on behalf of the agency is a requirement of all employees. Perform job functions with ethics, honesty and integrity.
General Job Description: Works on advocacy activities to support and assist with the agency’s external relations strategy. Foster relationships with elected officials and external stakeholders. drafts communications and implements outreach strategies. Works collaboratively with agency staff and external partners on various advocacy and strategic assignments.
Physical Requirements: Regularly required to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to lift boxes of paperwork up to 20 pounds.
Support the advocacy and external relations activities of the agency, as directed by the Chief Executive Officer, or his/her designee.
Foster relationships and conduct outreach with elected officials and external stakeholders to achieve the agency’s advocacy and strategic goals.
Conduct outreach to raise awareness about the Meals-On-Wheels program and the associated advocacy issues.
Produce data, charts, reports, summaries, analysis and presentations including: a monthly advocacy newsletter, advocacy action alerts, an annual advocacy platform, a legislative scorecard and analysis documents.
Maintain assigned databases, schedule and attend meetings and make presentations to internal and external audiences.
Develop and maintain knowledge of the current advocacy environment and public policy issues in the field of aging.
Work collaboratively with agency employees and external stakeholders on strategic assignments.
Represent the agency in a professional manner and effectively communicate on behalf of the agency.
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee.
Job posted: 2022-11-06