Manager, Federal Advocacy
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 Federal Advocacy Manager will support the development and implementation of our federal advocacy and government relations efforts. The Federal Advocacy Manager will work with the Government Relations and Advocacy, Field, Center on Best Practices and Communications teams to build and strengthen relationships with Congressional and Administration officials, advocates and policymakers, assist in the development of strategies for engaging key stakeholder groups, manage advocacy efforts, and identify and work with the team to create action plans around new advocacy and policy opportunities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Track and help to progress federal advocacy goals, including collaborating across internal teams to identify and monitor progress throughout the year.
- Manage the development, coordination and execution of legislative campaigns and advocacy capacity through relationship building, communications and trainings including webinars, conferences, conference calls and other presentations.
- Provide project management of federal advocacy campaigns, such as overseeing contracting lobbyists, assist in the development of legislative goals and strategies, and coordinating internal support including communications and research deliverables.
- Expand our reach and engagement with Congressional Caucus’ and offices, and the Administration in an effort to increase access and their knowledge of nutrition programs for children.
- Provide leadership among the anti-hunger community through demonstration of policy knowledge in coalition meetings and by presenting at peer conferences and events.
- Collaborate with Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices to develop model legislation and policy papers to ensure access to nutrition for eligible kids and families.
- Attend and represent the organization in Congressional and administrative hearings and meetings to secure support and advancement of priority policies, including the preparation of witness testimony.
- Draft testimony, letters of support, meeting requests, and other documents relevant to federal priorities.
- Provide regular reports, updates and other communications on progress to goals on legislative campaigns, advocacy initiatives and other projects.
- 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.
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Please apply with your resume, cover letter and salary requirements. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted: no calls please.
Job posted: 2020-09-10