Policy and Grassroots Coordinator

18 May, 2023


Policy and Grassroots Coordinator

Washington, D.C.

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and two writing samples to Vice President of Public Policy at https://rainn.applicantpro.com/jobs/. In your cover letter, please tell us about your interest in RAINN’s policy areas. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please no phone calls. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Policy and Grassroots Coordinator is responsible for advancing RAINN’s interests, as well as the policy and grassroots agenda with Congress, the administration, the states and other stakeholder groups. Responsibilities include collaborating with RAINN’s Communications and Development teams and consultants, and developing an annual grassroots strategy, as well as engaging survivors in the legislative process.

The Policy and Grassroots Coordinator will assist with all aspects of RAINN’s policy research, government relations and advocacy efforts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Vice President of Public Policy, the Policy and Grassroots Coordinator will:

  • In collaboration with Directors Federal and State Legislative Affairs, maintain a strong network of advocates and database of key federal and state contacts to help advance RAINN’s policy priorities.
  • Manage partnerships and coordinated grassroots efforts with both contractors and communications and development teams.
  • Act as liaison with RAINN’s Research department to keep the Policy team updated on trends from the hotlines.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the Communications team, materials for compelling coordinated social media campaigns to advance policy priorities that drive policy engagement, including a story bank, toolkits, op-eds, videos, and social media and website content.
  • In collaboration with the Director of State Legislative Affairs, develop, implement, coordinate and help manage RAINN’s state-based lobbying campaigns in targeted states, including building grassroots support, planning events and building coalitions.
  • Develop and manage a plan to react to new legislative initiatives in non-targeted states.
  • Support and participate in federal lobbying campaigns.
  • Manage relationships with state and national partner organizations, leading meetings, developing agendas, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners.
  • Conduct research to support responses to informational and resource requests and subject matter briefings from media and legislators.
  • Recruit, train and manage policy team interns.
  • Assist with updates to RAINN’s state law databases and website content.
  • Plan and execute community education events and advocacy trainings, including for RAINN’s Speakers Bureau members and other survivor advocates.
  • Monitor and update team on state legislative and Congressional schedules and events.
  • Assist with state and federal lobbying filings.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Position Specifications/Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge and/or ability required:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience with an advocacy organization, state legislatures, state executive offices, Congress, or the administration.
  • Minimum two years of advocacy, legislative, or executive experience. Experience with state campaigns is preferred but will also consider candidates with federal experience.
  • A passion for anti-sexual violence and child protection issues.
  • Showcase intellectual curiosity, and the ability to distill complicated concepts into clear, consistent, and direct messages to diverse audiences.
  • Exhibit superior writing skills for policy-focused audiences.
  • Project management experience and the ability to manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Familiarity with legislative tracking technologies or past work experience tracking local, state, and federal legislation preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. EveryAction and Quorum a plus.
  • Must be able to perform with minimal supervision and function well in a cooperative team environment. Must possess the ability to effectively relate to a wide variety of people and demonstrate creativity in addressing assignments and problem solving.
  • Experience with and skill in statistical analysis a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to exercise good professional judgment and ethical behavior in handling sensitive material with discretion.
  • Commitment to RAINN’s mission and goals, including (a) providing a compassionate, trauma-informed support to survivors of sexual assault; and (b) removing barriers to effective prosecution of perpetrators of sexual assault.
  • Ability to travel as necessary (approximately 20%).
  • Upon hire, must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Must complete a criminal background check (administered by RAINN).


Please note that RAINN staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This position may be approved for permanent remote work; however, travel to state legislatures and/or RAINN’s D.C. office may be required.

In order to comply with new requirements for federal contractors, if you are selected for this position, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption.

RAINN offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance, 403(b) retirement savings, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays including a bonus week, and free access to the building fitness center. RAINN is based in Washington, D.C.

When you work for RAINN, you’re joining a team of experts and professionals who stand up for survivors of sexual violence every day. Your job is important — and so are you! RAINN will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. RAINN is committed to maximizing the diversity of its organization and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. it is not to be constructed as an exhaustive statement of the essential functions. Responsibilities and/or requirements.

Job posted: 2023-05-18