Senior Legislative Manager
The National LGBTQ Task Force is hiring a full-time Senior Legislative Manager who will be responsible for leading our legislative advocacy. This role provides an opportunity for an ambitious advocate to take advantage of a political moment in which the needs of people with marginalized identities, including LGBTQ people, people of color, low-income people, and people with disabilities are moving to the forefront for Congress and the American people. Our Legislative Director will lead our work on the Equality Act and other LGBTQ-specific federal legislation; will represent the Task Force in democracy coalitions that are moving legislation on voting, Census, and other democracy issues, and be the point person for state organizations advancing state LGBTQ legislation.
Home Office Location: Washington, DC (currently teleworking)
Department: Advocacy and Action
Reports To: Director of Advocacy and Action
Supervises: Fellows and Interns
- Develop and contribute to legislative campaigns. With the support of the Advocacy and Action Director, develop strategies to move legislation at the federal level, inclusive of – and centering the impact of legislation on – marginalized communities within the LGBTQ community. Work with national and state colleague organizations in passing federal non-discrimination legislation affecting LGBTQ people and their families.
- Build relationships. The Task Force is invested in building movements while creating change. Bring marginalized voices to the table while leveraging the collective power of our colleague organizations to achieve the Task Force’s vision.
- Evaluate. Analyze legislative campaign strategies to assess their effectiveness, to adapt as needed, and to report out on the impact of the work.
- Write. Create op-eds, talking points, e-blasts, fact sheets, etc. to clearly communicate the Task Force’s work and help mobilize people to achieve policy progress.
- Speak. Demystify legislation for Task Force constituents, media, social media, decision-makers, and funders.
- Teach. Facilitate meetings and train advocates to help build a bigger team to achieve the Task Force’s legislative priorities.
- Center our values. Bring an intersectional analysis to the work for policy change. We believe that legislation will only work for LGBTQ people if it works for LGBTQ people of color, low-income LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ people with disabilities.
Fundraising and Donor Support
- Synthesizing vision. Build support for the Task Force’s legislative priorities and vision among individual and institutional funders, balancing long-term vision with short-term metrics for assessing success.
- Build relationships. Identify individual and institutional funders that are aligned with the Task Force’s vision for legislative change and partner with our development staff in building relationships with those donors.
- Mentor. While this role does not currently directly supervise staff, this role will supervise Fellows and Interns at times and should be committed to building the skills of others.
- Budget. With support from the Director of Advocacy and Action, assist in developing the annual budget for legislative work.
- Execute your plans. Manage your time and the workload of your team to achieve short-term results while keeping your eye on the long-term goal.
In this role, strategic thinking, strong writing skills, and organization are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is mandatory.
A qualified candidate should have:
- 5+ years of federal legislative experience. Demonstrated experience in working in the Washington, DC advocacy community, including with Capitol Hill staff, progressive national organizations, and mobilizing constituencies to affect policy change.
- Legislative drafting. Demonstrated experience in working with lawmakers and colleague organizations on drafting federal legislation, preferably in the areas of civil rights, LGBTQ, women’s and/or other related issue areas.
- Relationships. Candidates must be well-respected by Capitol Hill staff, coalition partners, and organizational colleagues.
- Strong writing skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will be asked to draft campaign and program materials, edit others, and communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop campaign assets.
- Exceptional communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate with the staff you are working with within the organization as well as external partners, consultants, and media is paramount; especially in fast-faced moments, you’ll need to be on message, clear and ask for clarity in return.
- A deep LGBTQ justice analysis. Understanding how LGBTQ identity impacts a person’s lived experience will help you be a more effective strategist.
- Collaboration. Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
- Work in Diverse Environments. Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in an organization committed to racial equity and in a diverse environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is a core value.
- Top-notch organization skills. If the books on your bookshelf are in alphabetical order, your notes utilize colors with specific meanings, and you find to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you! There is a lot to keep track of in this role, and meeting deadlines is key.
- Leadership skills. While management experience is not a prerequisite for this role, skills in developing talent, training, coaching, planning, delegation, and accountability will be important to success in this role.
- Other Duties as Assigned. As part of your work at the Task Force, you will be asked to participate in fundraising, including participating in special events and conferences. Design and produce promotional materials. Attend and deliver addresses at public speaking engagement to raise awareness of the organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.
- Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental, and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.
- This position is part of our collective bargaining unit
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications, experience relevant to these responsibilities, and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. We also ask that you submit to writing samples for this position. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted via email for this position at hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Senior Legislative Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Job posted: 2020-10-06