Director Of Advocacy And Public Policy

05 Jan, 2019

Jobs

Director Of Advocacy And Public Policy

Central Texas Food Bank
Austin, TX

As the DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY, you will

  • Develop, implement and deliver on CTFB’s strategic advocacy and public policy agenda
  • Track, research, and draft legislation, ordinances, and regulations related to federal nutrition programs, food policy, nutrition and health policy, and issues affecting low-income citizens
  • Draft CTFB’s positions on legislative issues, testifying in public meetings and legislative committees as needed
  • Work closely with Feeding Texas and Feeding America public policy and government relations staff to align advocacy priorities with the statewide and national networks
  • Engage and support board engagement through the CTFB board advocacy committee
  • Communicate complex public policy in a way that compels a wide variety of constituencies to take action
  • Provide support to actively engage CTFB’s network agencies in advocacy activities
  • Build strategic collaborations with government and community groups to support CTFB’s immediate and long-term public policy goals and mission of ending hunger
  • Serve as a primary liaison between CTFB and elected officials at all levels of government, educating policymakers and staff on the scope and impact of the hunger issue
  • Building out an annual goal-setting process and develop a robust set of metrics and systems to track progress against goals
  • Handle press interviews and media inquiries as they relate to public policy issues
  • Steward and grow existing partnerships and collaborations, as well as creating new partnerships
  • Identify and establish community partnerships to further the food bank’s Health Initiatives
  • Represent CTFB in outside working groups, task forces, and policy councils
  • Provide advocacy training to the board, staff, partner agencies, and volunteers
  • Coordinate CTFB’s voter outreach and registration drives
  • Work closely with the CTFB Communications staff to draft and edit newsletter articles, op-eds, presentations, policy briefs, blogs, and action alerts
  • Draft testimony and position papers on public policy issues
  • Coordinate special projects and grants

You are a great candidate if you have

  • Demonstrated knowledge of food insecurity and/or poverty issues;
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in government, communications, social work, public affairs or other relevant areas;
  • Minimum of eight years of significant professional experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, legislative work and coalition building;
  • Deep understanding of federal, state and local policy-making, including budget and appropriations;
  • Proven experience building and representing an organization at broad-based coalitions in support of a public policy objective;
  • Experience researching and analyzing a wide variety of policy issues and distilling their essential components;
  • Excellent writing, editing and public presentation skills; able to tailor messages about complex public policy issues to different audiences – from novice to expert;
  • Proven planning and analytical skills to evaluate complex situations and recommend next steps/solutions;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and an open and approachable demeanor;
  • Demonstrated success in organizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting project deadlines;
  • A high level of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, etiquette, and relationship building skills;
  • Able to present a professional, businesslike image to partners, clients, visitors, customers and the public;
  • Experience and proficiency in interacting with and proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including public officials, legislators, media, coalition partners and the general public;
  • Ability to effectively advocate for the Food Bank’s positions, initiatives and recommendations;
  • Strong self-motivation; ability to meet tight deadlines and balance multiple priorities;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities and individuals.

Bonus points for

  • Knowledge of health care policy
  • Experience with grant writing
  • An advanced degree in public affairs, public policy or law
  • In-depth knowledge of the Central Texas community
  • Experience with the nonprofit sector
  • Direct experience building community coalitions for issue campaigns
  • Understanding and experience with equity and diversity issues
  • Community organizing experience
  • Spanish language skills

In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter expressing why you are interested in this role and why you believe you are the right individual for this role.  Thank you.

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Job posted: 2019-01-05