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Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, Community Change (Washington, DC)

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor will play a leadership role in advocacy efforts surrounding Community Change’s mission to build power and capacity in low-income communities and strengthen the progressive movement through effective policy advocacy. This position also supports the research and development of policy and legislative proposals relating to existing and future priority areas identified by Community Change and our local partner organizations.

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is part of the Policy and Advocacy Team, which is responsible for working with other Community Change staff and partner organizations to help develop and advance Community Change’s legislative agenda before Congress and the Administration, as well as supporting Community Change and its partners’ efforts to advance policy initiatives at the state and local levels.

A portion of time may be spent doing work for Community Change’s sister organization, Community Change Action.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Play a key role in representing Community Change at national campaign tables and shaping campaign strategy. Serve as one of the key contacts at Community Change with influential policy makers on key campaigns.
  • Represent Community Change positions to partner organizations, key policy makers and their staff, among others as necessary. Develop and disseminate relevant information to national and local partners, policy makers, and the media and communities.
  • Present Community Change policy positions at national conferences and conduct trainings on Community Change policy positions with grassroots partners on an as needed basis.
  • Lead policy and legislative research in support of Community Change and partner initiatives to impact national, state and local policies.
  • Play a key role in providing research and strategic advice around the development of Community Change national policy priorities.
  • Work closely with community groups to formulate strategy around policy campaigns at the state or local level.
  • Play a key role in translating national campaign efforts to state and local partners.
  • Present relevant policy/legislative developments to Community Change field partners.
  • Work in close collaboration with Community Change field partners to develop national campaign strategy and accompanying local campaign strategies.
  • Equip grassroots leaders on key policy issues and on working with policy makers.
  • Help coordinate grassroots policy activities with Community Change’s national policy priorities and strategies.

Qualifications:

  • At least seven years of experience in strategic policy advocacy and policy analysis and development, and legislative research, which may include experience on Capitol Hill, academic research or community organizing around issues of importance to low-income communities, communities of color and immigrants.
  • Experience working with community organizing groups, unions, or other base-building groups and their constituencies on policy campaigns, specifically related to communicating complex policies to grassroots constituencies and assisting grassroots organizations in developing effective issue campaigns and strategic policy advocacy.
  • Willingness to accept guidance and direction from grassroots organizations and organizers on priority issues.
  • Willingness to travel to meet one-on-one with organizers at partner organizations.
  • Deep commitment to Community Change’s mission of supporting low-income people, immigrants and communities of color develop the power and capacity to improve their communities and bring about broader social change.
  • A fundamental understanding of federal advocacy levers and the federal and state legislative process.
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, able to contribute based on expert knowledge or otherwise, as needed.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills are a must.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Commitment to advancing economic, racial and gender justice essential.

This position reports to: Director of Policy and Ideas or Legislative and Advocacy Director

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: Moderate

Salary and benefits: $85,000 – $95,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as salary expectations, a resume, and two writing samples.

Click here to learn more about our employee benefits and Community Change’s values

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Community Change (Washington, DC)

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor will play a leadership role in advocacy efforts surrounding Community Change’s mission to build power and capacity in low-income communities and strengthen the progressive movement through effective policy advocacy. This position also supports the research and development of policy and legislative proposals relating to existing and future priority areas identified by Community Change and our local partner organizations.

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor is part of the Policy and Advocacy Team, which is responsible for working with other Community Change staff and partner organizations to help develop and advance Community Change’s legislative agenda before Congress and the Administration, as well as supporting Community Change and its partners’ efforts to advance policy initiatives at the state and local levels.

A portion of time may be spent doing work for Community Change’s sister organization, Community Change Action.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Play a key role in representing Community Change at national campaign tables and shaping campaign strategy. Serve as one of the key contacts at Community Change with influential policy makers on key campaigns.
  • Represent Community Change positions to partner organizations, key policy makers and their staff, among others as necessary. Develop and disseminate relevant information to national and local partners, policy makers, and the media and communities.
  • Present Community Change policy positions at national conferences and conduct trainings on Community Change policy positions with grassroots partners on an as needed basis.
  • Lead policy and legislative research in support of Community Change and partner initiatives to impact national, state and local policies.
  • Play a key role in providing research and strategic advice around the development of Community Change national policy priorities.
  • Work closely with community groups to formulate strategy around policy campaigns at the state or local level.
  • Play a key role in translating national campaign efforts to state and local partners.
  • Present relevant policy/legislative developments to Community Change field partners.
  • Work in close collaboration with Community Change field partners to develop national campaign strategy and accompanying local campaign strategies.
  • Equip grassroots leaders on key policy issues and on working with policy makers.
  • Help coordinate grassroots policy activities with Community Change’s national policy priorities and strategies.

Qualifications:

  • At least seven years of experience in strategic policy advocacy and policy analysis and development, and legislative research, which may include experience on Capitol Hill, academic research or community organizing around issues of importance to low-income communities, communities of color and immigrants.
  • Experience working with community organizing groups, unions, or other base-building groups and their constituencies on policy campaigns, specifically related to communicating complex policies to grassroots constituencies and assisting grassroots organizations in developing effective issue campaigns and strategic policy advocacy.
  • Willingness to accept guidance and direction from grassroots organizations and organizers on priority issues.
  • Willingness to travel to meet one-on-one with organizers at partner organizations.
  • Deep commitment to Community Change’s mission of supporting low-income people, immigrants and communities of color develop the power and capacity to improve their communities and bring about broader social change.
  • A fundamental understanding of federal advocacy levers and the federal and state legislative process.
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, able to contribute based on expert knowledge or otherwise, as needed.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills are a must.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Commitment to advancing economic, racial and gender justice essential.

This position reports to: Legislative and Advocacy Director or Director of Policy and Ideas

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: Moderate

Salary and benefits: $80,000 – $110,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as salary expectations, a resume, and two writing samples.

Click here to learn more about our employee benefits and Community Change’s values

Video: Rethinking Immigration

On May 1st, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies faculty hosted “Rethinking Immigration,” an online conference featuring movement leaders, academics, and policy experts discussing the roots of the crisis we face, progressive immigration policy goals, and strategies to achieve those goals. The even featured Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and now, videos from the conference are up online for anyone who missed it. Check them out here.

Online Event: Fighting COVID / Building Power: Workers & Unions on the Frontlines (5/19)

Tue. May 19 * 9:00am-10:15am
Online Forum via ZOOM

RSVP HERE

Speakers include:

Angeles Solis * Make the Road New York
Director of Worker Organizing
@AngeMariaSolis @maketheroadny

Eric Loegel * TWU Local 100
Vice President, Rapid Transit Operations (RTO)
@EricEddy100 @TWULocall100

Mark Henry * ATU Local 1056
President / Business Agent
#ATULocal1056 #1u

Nikki Kateman * Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Political & Communications Director
@nmkateman @Local338

Joshua Freeman * School of Labor & Urban Studies
Distinguished Professor of History @cunyslu #CUNYSLU

Diana Robinson * School of Labor & Urban Studies
Union Semester Coordinator @Ddee1985 @cunyslu

RSVP & JOIN US ONLINE

The Unemployed Fight Back: An Interview with Frances Fox Piven

The post was originally featured at Organizing Upgrade. Reposted with permission.

By Marc Kagan

On April 23th, 2020, some 26.5 million Americans were unemployed, and the St. Louis Fed has estimated that 47 million people may be unemployed by the end of June, with unemployment reaching 32%. The Congressional Budget Office expects at least a 9% unemployment rate through 2021 and perhaps beyond. Tens of millions more will have exhausted their savings, facing mounting debt, evictions, foreclosures. All this on top of the existing problems of neoliberalism’s economy of precarity. As is usual, the crisis will hit the working poor, people of color, and youth the hardest.

What strategies and tactics can organizers and working people more broadly draw on today, in order to build social and political power in this crisis? Historically, the unemployed have organized themselves into networks of mutual aid in moments of crisis, but also to make transformative political demands, often with direct action as a central tool. Marc Kagan talked to Frances Fox Piven, author of Poor People’s Movements, about past efforts, and current possibilities. Fox Piven is a prolific writer, a long-time practitioner of the unruly, disruptive behavior she so often advocates, and even an effective lobbyist—she is credited with playing a central role in the 1993 “Motor Voter” Act. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.  

Marc Kagan: Tell me about previous efforts of the unemployed and their advocates during economic crises? Are there commonalities that we should be looking to now?

Frances Fox Piven: Of course there are. When large numbers of people are unemployed they become desperate. Just the fact of unemployment and need and starvation is not exactly what drives people to protest, but if they also think that they have some rights that are being violated in this time of disaster, they are very likely to protest. Continue reading The Unemployed Fight Back: An Interview with Frances Fox Piven

Stephanie Luce: The Coronavirus Crisis Exposes How Fragile Capitalism Already Was

With various states moving to “re-open” the economy and bring things “back to normal,” it benefits us to look at what we might return to — and how the conditions we’ve come to accept as “normal” played such a significant role in getting us to the current crisis.

In Labor Notes last month, SLU professor Stephanie Luce outlined how we define the economy — and how the illusion of a strong economy has helped produce our current dysfunction:

Capitalism is ideologically based on the principles of individualism and competition, but it becomes completely clear in a pandemic that what’s needed is solidarity: collective solutions that help everyone.

For example, if we assume profit should guide health care decisions, millions of people won’t be able to afford treatment, or even testing, and the virus will just continue to spread. The market solution would let rich people buy ventilators for themselves, just in case, while hospitals need them. So far, the U.S. has made no promises that a vaccine will be free or affordable. Continue reading Stephanie Luce: The Coronavirus Crisis Exposes How Fragile Capitalism Already Was