Policy & Engagement Manager
The Policy Manager will implement key policy campaigns, with emphasis on elections administration, voter protection and redistricting. The Manager will work with the state executive director to develop and implement policy campaigns, including research, policy development, producing reports and other communications, managing coalitions, and direct lobbying. Position is based in the Atlanta-Metro area, though other locations may be considered. All staff are currently working remotely during COVID.
The Policy Manager is a dedicated community advocate who is passionate about voting rights and redistricting. Reporting to and supervised by CCGA ED, the Policy Manager functions with a great deal of autonomy and leadership. The Policy Manager is tasked with engaging our current members so that they are more connected to the Georgia Common Cause and have the tools they need to stand up for our democracy. The Policy Manager is also tasked with moving redistricting strategy along with the Georgia Redistricting Alliance (GRA), their members and stakeholders. Working in tandem with a team of mapping fellows and legal groups that support GRA, the Policy Manager will help build the infrastructure and longevity for BIPOC communities to be engaged in redistricting, long-term.
- Work with a team as part of the Georgia Redistricting Alliance (GRA) to build out the tools and structure for groups to use in their local redistricting organizing. These could include the structure for local empowerment boards, local resolutions drafts, and the process and procedures for local monitoring, as well as working with GRA members to host a democracy tour with people’s redistricting hearings.
- The policy manager will engage GRA members to conduct power mapping to assess where we can achieve wins towards greater transparency and where we need to invest in long-term power-building in order to effectively counter regressive politics of legislators.
Advocacy & Policy Development:
- Develop a research agenda with guidance from the Common Cause Georgia executive director, perform research and produce reports, policy and position papers to support the policy campaigns. Identify research for projects which can be performed or supplemented by volunteers and interns and supervise those research tasks;
- Conduct ongoing monitoring and research, such as tracking and analyzing key local and state legislation, local policies, monitoring precinct consolidations and local redistricting plans. Work with the executive director to review and draft legislation and amendments as needed;
- Advocacy: Work with the executive director in elected official outreach and lobbying;
- Support other accountability campaigns: grow CCGA campaign finance and ethics in government work.
Election Protection Program:
- Represent CCGA during coalition briefings including sending regular updates to coalition leadership members, host meetings and calls, and address the needs of coalition members;
- Maintain relationships with county clerks, election offices, and city/county councils;
- Recruit volunteers and lead survey collection;
- Quality control post-election survey and report to memorialize best practices, evaluate programs and recommend improvements for future Election Protection efforts.
- Assist the Organizer in developing and implementing a grassroots strategy to engage Georgia Common Cause members in policy and legislative work statewide and locally;
- Assist organizer with drafting policy-based social media posts and communication deliverables;
- Secure meetings, support alliance-building, and develop working relationships with elected officials and their staffs, as well as with policy, legal, and neighborhood experts;
- Organize and conduct policy training and listening sessions throughout the state for members, elected officials, and stakeholders;
- Manage day to day administrative tasks of the organization.
Experience, education, and technical proficiency:
- 3-5 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, fundraising or similar fields;
- Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more;
- Working knowledge of the legislative process in Georgia;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Legiscan, Georgia Lobby, and current policy research tools platforms.
Ideal candidate will have/are:
- Experience working with many different kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias;
- The ability to craft compelling messages and explain complex ideas in accessible ways;
- Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice;
- Excellent interpersonal abilities, with capacity to recruit, motivate, delegate, supervise, and foster teamwork;
- Strong empathy, and ability and desire to work in diverse settings;
- Commitment to working as part of a team;
- Commitment to professionalism including standards for self and others.
- Demonstrated ability to strategize and plan backward.
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the experience in working effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status;
- Ability to speak more than one language, Spanish preferred;
- Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in Georgia;
- Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery.
You’ll thrive if you have/are:
- A “can do” attitude and exceptional organizational skills, with a strong capacity to manage systems, projects & people;
- A self-starter with an ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities – this position involves significant contact with members, key stakeholders, and volunteers;
- Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements (optional) to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include Policy & Engagement Manager- Georgia in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications without a Cover Letter will not be considered.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
ABOUT US: Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and www.commoncause.org/Georgia. GRA is a coalition of organizations who believe that queer/trans BIPOC community should be at the forefront of the fight to protect our voting power and preparing our communities to lead redistricting in 2021 and 2022. To learn more about GRA visit https://www.garedistrictingalliance.org/.
Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.
Job posted: 2021-05-12