Associate, Government Relations and Advocacy
Tracking Code586-783Job Description
Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Today, through the No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters campaigns, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. No child should go hungry in America – we’re on our way to making that a reality and we want you to join us. We’re bold, creative, always open to new ideas and 100% dedicated to our mission. If that sounds like you, we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team.
The Advocacy Associate will support the implementation and execution of Share Our Strength’s advocacy and government relations strategies at the national, state, and local levels. This includes both internal coordination between Share Our Strength staff as well as communications with partners in the field. Under the direction of the Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, the Associate will work closely with Share Our Strength staff to coordinate our work, ensure deadlines are being met, and keep internal and external stakeholders informed. The Advocacy Associate will work collaboratively with local and national stakeholders, support conference and meeting attendance, track program budgets, manage deliverables, and track compliance with lobbying reporting requirements.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serve as a key resource in daily coordination across local, state, and federal advocacy efforts.
- Evaluate and develop organizational communications on advocacy strategy, successes, and challenges. This includes working closely with other departments to assess their information needs and helping to create efficient solutions.
- Develop, write, and produce materials to keep Share Our Strength internal departments up-to-date on our advocacy efforts. This may include briefings, presentations, communications resources, campaign progress updates, and meeting agendas.
- Coordinate internal communications, including scheduling meetings, notetaking, identifying action items, tracking deliverables, and producing reports on our work.
- Support participation at conferences including submitting session proposals, ordering and shipping promotional materials, and liaising with conference speakers and organizers. Maintain inventory of promotional items for Advocacy team.
- Track progress against our advocacy goals and actively gather and synthesize resources to ensure goal attainment.
- The Advocacy Associate will serve as a key liaison with our Communications, Program, and Partnership teams to coordinate the production and dissemination of advocacy resources that meet a variety of broad and/or tailored needs.
- Maintain a current external outreach list by stakeholder audience to execute targeted communications in a timely manner.
- Identify, recommend, and support the implementation of opportunities for strategic analysis and documentation of best practices for multiple audiences, including legislators, partner organizations, and first spouses.
- Represent the Advocacy team in internal projects and cross-department meetings.
- Attend and serve as a representative of Share Our Strength’s Advocacy Team at external meetings with stakeholders, elected officials, and coalitions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, public service, management, or a related discipline preferred, and at least 2 years of related experience required.
- Demonstrated passion for public policy, education, and/or federal nutrition programs is preferred.
- Project management experience and/or relationship management experience is also an asset.
- Excellent information management and organizational skills, with great attention to detail.
- Demonstrated strengths in working independently and proactively in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment: leading projects, meeting multiple concurrent deadlines, and organizing time and priorities.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including strong presentation skills.
- Short and long-range planning and follow-through skills required.
- Ability to work with diverse populations and tailor communications effectively.
- Poise and professionalism in working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Proficient computer skills, including the operation of MS Office suite
- Ability to travel up to 15%.
- Integrity and discretion, and a strong work ethic.
- Demonstrated interest in anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues.
At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. A hallmark of our history, culture and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results.
This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working toward ensuring that each child in America has food where they Live, Learn, and Play.
Please apply with your resume, cover letter and salary requirements. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted: no calls please.
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Job posted: 2020-04-24