Title: ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Portland, Oregon
The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) seeks a new member of its team to lead our advocacy strategy. The Advocacy Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic advocacy program including legislative strategy, coordination with political allies, liaison with formal and informal coalitions, and organizational involvement in ballot measure campaigns. The Advocacy Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with policy staff.
The mission of the CCC is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity. Formed in 2001, the CCC is an alliance of culturally-specific community based organizations with representation from six communities of color: African, African American, Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Slavic. For more information, please visit www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Supports the organization and its members to strengthen their effectiveness in racial justice advocacy
Facilitates the development of legislative, executive branch and local government policy priorities for the organization
Develops and implements tactical steps to achieve the organization’s policy priorities through advocacy with state and local elected and appointed decision-makers
Leads the organization’s endorsement process, including assistance in coordinating with campaign personnel and legislative leadership
Collaborates with coalition staff, leaders and allies in the development and implementation of campaigns plans
Monitors legislative and advocacy efforts in Oregon and among peer organizations in other states
Develops and implements strategic communications and messaging in support of the organization’s advocacy strategy
Sends out timely advocacy updates and action alerts to members, partners and community at large
Develops and nurtures relationships with ally organizations and represents the organization at coalition tables
Identifies and completes policy research and develops policy initiatives in support of the organization’s mission and legislative agenda
Researches promising practices for lobbying, legislative advocacy, rulemaking analysis and advocacy, racial justice policy awareness and analysis, and related public policy research
Lobbying activities in alignment with organizational mission and program goals, including creating and maintaining relationships with key elected leaders
Collaborates with Bridges – the CCC’s leadership development initiative – to support placements of leaders of color in advocacy efforts and campaigns
Assists the Executive Director and staff in securing funds for the organization’s work through grant identification and writing, direct solicitation, social media and events
Supervise policy staff
Willingness to work extended hours in Salem during legislative sessions
Responsible for ensuring compliance with all state and local laws related to advocacy and/or lobbying
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience preferred
Minimum 3 years’ experience in related field required, including lobbying, campaigns, public policy development and community organizing, or similar experience
Commitment to racial justice, and dedication to and experience working with organizations of color
Supervisory experience preferred, but not required
Excellent relationship building skills
Project management experience
Understanding of public policy
Understanding of and navigation of the Oregon legislative process
Understanding of political strategy and political landscape on local and state levels
Demonstrated experience with issue campaigns
Ability to create work plans to support legislative and policy goals in ways that build the organization’s effectiveness and influence over time
Understanding of grassroots organizing and how to increase political influence with strategic mobilization of issue supporters
Ability to use tools such as online policy resources, online statistical research, policy research and analysis, techniques of online advocacy, polling and research, and others
Ability to self-motivate, self-direct, and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Successful grant writing experience
Superb writer skilled at making complicated ideas accessible to the general public through policy one-pagers, briefs, and reports
Starting salary is between $60,000 - $75,000, DOE. Paid time off is based on tenure with the organization and includes accrual of sick and vacation hours. We also provide medical and dental insurance, a Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, and a monthly transportation stipend. Employees may enroll in a 401k retirement plan after one year of employment.
Travel is required for this position including frequent travel to and from Salem during legislative session. Must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license, automobile and provide proof of insurance. Mileage and travel expenses are reimbursed per CCC policy.
Please send a cover letter and resume via email to HR@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org, with the header ADVOCACY DIRECTOR POSITION 2019 – YOUR NAME. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis through July 1, 2019.
You will be contacted if you are to be interviewed for this position.