Public Policy and Advocacy Manager

01 Nov, 2022


Public Policy and Advocacy Manager

Justice Resource Institute: My Life My Choice
Boston, MA



My Life My Choice is a survivor-led pioneer in the fight to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.  We believe that no one should be bought or sold.  We offer a continuum of survivor-led services, including Survivor Mentoring, intensive case management, groupwork and mental health services; exploitation prevention programming and solutions; and professional trainings and advocacy.  Over the past 20 years, we have served more than 3,300 youth and trained more than 21,300 providers, in Massachusetts and across the country.


The Public Policy & Advocacy Manager is responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive public policy agenda that centers survivors to further the mission of My Life My Choice by impacting legislation and public policies related to commercial sexual exploitation and its impact on survivors and communities. The Public Policy & Advocacy Manager will play a pivotal role in helping My Life My Choice achieve its goals to protect children, serve more youth in need and train more youth-serving professionals.  This position works cross-departmentally and reports to the Assistant Director.

Working closely with the My Life My Choice staff, which consists of Survivor Leaders and allies, as well as with its Advisory Board, the Public Policy & Advocacy Manager will lead My Life My Choice’s Public Policy work and have primary responsibility for coordinating, planning, implementing, and evaluating the organization’s policy agenda. The Public Policy & Advocacy Manager will serve as the organization’s point person with coalition partners, external allies, lobbyists, legislators and stakeholders; and represent the organization in state coalitions and policy arenas as needed. Periodic statewide travel will be required.


1) Coordinate and lead the Public Policy work of My Life My Choice, including but not limited to:

  • researching, analyzing, and monitoring public policy issues involving commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults;
  • developing My Life My Choice’s policy agenda through coordinated discussion and input from staff, board, and key stakeholders;
  • providing education and technical assistance to policymakers;
  • maintaining strong relationships with My Life My Choice Survivor Leaders and allies around the state through meetings, networking, training, technical assistance, and dissemination of public policy information;
  • amplifying survivor voices by facilitating survivors’ participation in public policy work, such as in state and local processes formulating rules, policy and procedure, and during the legislative session;
  • building alliances to promote policy collaborations across issues, including anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, anti-poverty, educational equity, housing security, immigration, gender-based violence, reproductive justice, and human rights.

2)  Coordinate My Life My Choice legislative initiatives, including the development and filing of bills with allies and State House champions, tracking legislation that would impact the My Life My Choice policy agenda, working with the My Life My Choice network and survivors to provide testimony during the legislative session, and coordinating meetings with key policymakers throughout the year.

  • Develop materials that will inform and mobilize allies re key policy and budget issues (i.e. fact sheets, Advocacy Day Briefing Packets and Lobbying Guide).
  • Coordinate logistics for legislative events (including advocacy days, legislative visits, and legislative breakfasts).

3)  Provide training and technical assistance on topics including, but not limited to:

  • understanding the legislative process;
  • laws impacting commercial sexual exploitation and survivors;
  • policy changes during and following each legislative session.

4)  Represent My Life My Choice on commercial sexual exploitation-related task forces, workgroups, and committees as needed.

5) Effectively communicate cross-departmentally in order to stay up-to-date with My Life My Choice programmatic work and incorporate that into advocacy efforts. Collaborate with the Communications team to customize digital and social media strategy to support legislative and policy work.

  • Attend supervision meetings, as well as staff and team meetings and regular trainings.
  • Invest and involve yourself in diversity, equity and inclusion work throughout My Life My Choice.
  • Be an engaged and effective ally to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation if that is not part of your own identity.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in political science, English, or government studies;
  • At least 3 years’ paid experience working at the State House or in a leadership role in policy advocacy;
  • Demonstrated competence in public policy advocacy and coordination, including:
  • familiarity with Massachusetts State House operations and legislative processes;
  • experience with community-based strategies for participation in the public policy process;
  • involving and representing diverse constituent opinions;
  • promoting access for and involvement of historically marginalized groups, such as survivors, communities of color, immigrant, LGBTQ, and Native communities.
  • Demonstrated competence with program coordination, including meeting facilitation, team leadership and collaboration, detailed program planning and timely implementation, event organizing, designing and presenting training, and public speaking;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to describe laws and the legislative process to constituents with limited use of legalese and jargon;
  • Demonstrated competence with coalition work and leadership;
  • Ability to mediate differences of philosophy and opinion; maintain calm, efficient, and good-humored approach to work while managing competing priorities in a fast-paced, highly productive work environment; work independently and as a team member; think critically and with foresight; carry out assignments with limited direction; adapt to change; and be nimble and flexible;
  • In-depth understanding of survivor-centered advocacy;
  • Bonus qualification: working knowledge of laws, trends, initiatives, and challenges for the field. In-depth understanding of the criminal and civil legal systems’ responses to commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking;
  • A personal interest in and commitment to social justice, in particular ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children;
  • A strong willingness and initiative to learn, grow, and creatively enhance My Life My Choice’s policy advocacy;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and be attentive to details;
  • An ability to work within diverse teams with humor, flexibility, and creativity;
  • Willingness to travel periodically and valid driver’s license and/or ability to travel to events around the state;
  • Survivors of commercial sexual exploitation are encouraged to apply; and
  • Resumes without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range:  $55,000-$62,000. This full-time position includes a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, 401K with company match, company sponsored pension plan, life insurance, generous personal time off package, tuition reimbursement, long and short term disability, opportunities for continued education/training and more.

My Life My Choice is a Program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI). JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining diverse community.  Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Why JRI?

  • Be who you are! JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve.
  • Access to our excellent Blue Cross medical and Delta Dental benefits.
  • Retirement benefits including 401K matched up to $800 a year and pension after 5 years of employment.
  • Professional development opportunities such as tuition reimbursement up to almost $4,000 per year and discounted tuition rates to select partnership colleges and universities!
  • Wellness benefits including access to employee resource groups (including multicultural affinity groups, LGBTQ+ advocacy, employee engagement groups, etc.), self-care resources, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Generous paid time off up to 19 days for full time employees in your first year and much more!

JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. JRI is an equal opportunity employer.


Job posted: 2022-11-01