Policy and Advocacy Manager

11 Nov, 2020


Policy and Advocacy Manager

Black Swan Academy
Washington, DC

Black Swan Academy (BSA) is growing its team and is seeking a Policy & Advocacy Manager to lead the organization’s research and advocacy on policies and issues impacting Black youth in the District of Columbia, as a result of historical and contemporary anti-Black racist public policies. We are looking for someone to conduct research, advocate, and propose budget and policy solutions to empower Black youth in under-resourced communities.. The ideal candidate believes that Black youth have a right to self-determination and that all Black youth can and will learn and thrive.

We are a small team of about 7 people, but we are mighty and have plans to grow! The Policy & Advocacy Manager will work alongside and in partnership with other BSA staff to promote policies and programs that help empower Black youth in DC.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis that supports the Black Youth Agenda, organization wide campaigns and emerging issues to influence policy and budget decisions in DC
  • Evaluate existing legislation and policies related to our Black Youth Agenda and other campaigns and identify opportunities to recommend changes to policies that would enhance the lives of Black youth
  • Produce and disseminate policy and advocacy products, written through a racial and gender justice lens. These include, but are not limited to, research reports, blogs, briefs, fact sheets, talking points and questions for public hearings, memoranda, and action alerts
  • Track DC Council activity including legislation, performance oversight and budget hearings, committee meetings
  • Evaluate legislation and policies to determine their impacts and benefits for Black youth
  • Provide written and oral testimony on relevant legislation and analyze DC youth-related budget proposals
  • Build and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders (eg., DC Council staffers and members, education leaders, and community-based advocates)
  • Represent BSA in public (e.g. coalition meetings) and private events (e.g. meetings with councilmembers and staff)
  • Present on BSA research and plan
  • Lead community engagement opportunities
  • Engage with the media through interviews, op-eds, and/or magazine articles
  • Train and prepare youth leaders to conduct research and to develop and engage in various advocacy strategies and tactics

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Strong commitment to social, economic, gender and racial justice and passionate about BSA’s mission
  • 2-3 years engaging in issue-based advocacy campaigns
  • Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills, with ability to analyze and speak about things through a gender and racial justice lens
  • Basic math skills and experience using spreadsheets
  • Comfortable using social media to promote our research and policy and budget priorities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work and write under deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with diverse stakeholders including government officials, educators, parents, and community advocates
  • Demonstrate commitment to youth leadership, racial equity and systemic change;

Additional Preferred Qualification

  • Knowledge of PreK-12 education and youth policy and research
  • Previous work leading advocacy campaigns
  • Experience working with or living in D.C (or having meaningful relationships with community)
  • We strongly encourage BIPOC to apply

How to apply: Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample to sdavis@blackswanacademy.org

Job posted: 2020-11-11