Director Of Advocacy And Public Policy

05 Jan, 2019


Director Of Advocacy And Public Policy

Central Texas Food Bank
Austin, TX


  • 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