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Senior Manager, State Policy

Senior Manager, State Policy
Organization: Sandy Hook Promise 
Location: Remote
Date Posted: 05/27/2024

### About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, bipartisan organization that supports sensible policy solutions that address the human side of gun violence and make schools safer.

SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

### Commitment to Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

SHP strives to ensure its culture and work environment reflect the values of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion (REDI) and is responsive to the views and issues of the diverse communities with which we live and work. SHP encourages individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion to apply.

### Position Summary

The Senior Manager, State Policy is a member of the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund. The Senior Manager can be located anywhere in the United States and will step into this role in July 2024. This team member will lead a portfolio for the Action Fund’s state-level policy agenda, including designing multi-faceted strategies to ensure timely, effective, and equitable rollout of violence prevention policies within SHP’s policy platform. This person will also interact with the community, including organizers, thought leaders, influencers, agency heads, and elected officials. The Senior Manager, State Policy reports to the Director, State Policy and will have the following responsibilities, with additional duties as assigned:

### Job Responsibilities

– **Independent management:** Independently manage a policy portfolio in up to three states by designing overall legislative strategy as well as steering the introduction and passage of legislation in key subject areas on the policy team’s platform.
– **Ensure successful implementation:** Design and implement strategies ensuring SHP supporters and allies fully understand newly enacted state laws which the Action Fund passed and/or in which SHP has a leading interest.
– **Develop and maintain expertise:** Navigate the process for drafting regulations and rules related to newly passed legislation within/across a portfolio of states. Design and steer related initiatives as necessary.
– **Co-management:** Partner with the Director of State Policy to co-manage up to three state policy initiatives.
– **Collaboration:** Through collaboration with the engagement department, ensure SHP supporters are integrated into the portfolio of initiatives, including participating in and/or leading in-person or virtual trainings for the base related to your portfolio.
– **Partnership development:** Sustain partnerships with ally organizations (including unlikely allies), state legislators, agency heads, and other leaders across a portfolio of states.
– **Track:** Remain up to speed on the political and coalition landscape in states with emerging legislative opportunities for the Action Fund and make recommendations regarding next steps.
– **Travel:** Travel on behalf of the organization (up to 30% of the time).

### Qualifications

– Minimum of 5 years direct experience with/in policy advocacy at the state or local level. This may include experience attained interning, volunteering, or through paid employment with a nonprofit, state-based agency, elected or appointed official, or in public policy or government affairs.
– Experience tracking legislation and analyzing bills for their immediate and long-term impact.
– Experience with state regulations or rulemaking, including state processes for drafting, influencing, and adopting regulations.
– Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects simultaneously, including bringing projects or initiatives to scale.
– Ability to produce, often under short notice, high-quality analysis of laws and/or legislation as well as plain-English education resources in a variety of formats (e.g., written and verbally).
– Demonstrated experience working directly with diverse communities – such as organizers, local leaders, grassroots influencers, students, parents, or teachers – across differences of race and political party.
– Ability to speak diplomatically to/on sensitive issues – such as gun violence prevention – with those who may not share SHP’s sense of urgency nor fully support SHP’s proposed solutions.
– Familiarity with, and ability to use, the Microsoft suite of programs (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
– Performs other duties as required.

### Benefits and Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000. (SHP follows a strict internal rubric to help guide salary placement and ensure equitable pay amongst new hires and current staff. New hires should expect to be brought on at the start of the range, except in extenuating circumstances.) SHP offers a competitive benefits package, including:

– Unlimited PTO
– Flexible schedules
– Paid holidays and 10 days sick leave
– Paid parental leave
– Health, dental, and vision
– Employer-paid life insurance and short- and long-term disability
– 401k match
– Professional development stipend
– Wellness & mental health support
– Employer Paid Employee Assistance Program

Our organization operates within a distributed workforce, allowing for location flexibility across the country for most positions. We provide remote office support for all staff, which includes a laptop, home office reimbursement, monthly wifi reimbursement up to $40, and monthly cell phone reimbursement up to $50.

### Equal Opportunity Employment

SHP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to be an employer of choice: where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and do their best work. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. We are focused on promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion and believe deeply in having a workforce comprised of people of all beliefs and backgrounds who seek to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. Members of all under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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