Job Title:Public Policy Engagement Manager
2225 4th Ave
Seattle, WA, 98122
Job Category:ADV (35)
Position Title: Public Policy Engagement Manager
Reports to: Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Type: Full-Time / Exempt
Location: Seattle, WA
Northwest Harvest is Washington’s leading hunger relief agency – supporting a statewide network of 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools. Focused on improving equity in our food system, Northwest Harvest believes everyone in Washington should have consistent access to nutritious food that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to making sure those who suffer from hunger have increased access to healthy food, Northwest Harvest aims to shift public opinion, as well as impact institutional policies and societal practices that perpetuate hunger, poverty, and disparities in our state. Http://www.northwestharvest.org
This position builds community power and grassroots leadership across Washington state to end hunger, increase economic security, and advance racial equity in access to nutritious food. As a member of the Public Policy team, this person plays a key role in NW Harvest’s state and federal policy advocacy work including movement building, advocacy and communications. The Public Policy Engagement Manager builds connections between individuals living with food insecurity, NW Harvest food programs that provide direct services, and lawmakers.
Building a statewide advocacy network: 50%
- Assist in development and lead execution of plan to grow a statewide network of advocates, including people personally impacted by hunger and poverty, community organizations, partner programs, food bank participants, Northwest Harvest staff, volunteers, and donors.
- Create and participate in opportunities to expand our network, meeting with potential advocates, including one-on-one meetings with interested partner programs, developing and implementing advocacy trainings, and attending coalition meetings.
- Recruit for and facilitate regular Participant Advisory Council meetings and provide leadership development support for members.
- Support logistics for annual statewide focus groups and lead follow-up engagement of focus group participants
- Create leadership and volunteer opportunities for members of our advocacy network to help them develop responsibility, skills, and ownership of their contributions to our advocacy work.
- Cultivate relationships with organizational leaders from our partner programs network and related community organizations to increase collaboration on shared legislative priorities
- Travel overnight to various locations statewide at least quarterly for coalition meetings, legislative meetings, one-on-one meetings, and other advocacy related events.
Policy advocacy: 25%
- Assist with the development of and lead execution of strategies to engage and mobilize our network of advocates.
- Develop innovative ways for other NWH departments to embrace and effect advocacy within the department’s scope of work
- Recruit participants and speakers for public hearings, media stories, Hunger Action Day, and other advocacy events on a monthly basis.
- Develop and lead implementation of get out the vote activities for NWH’s food bank with the intention to scale program for partner food banks adoption
- Collect feedback and ideas from advocacy network to inform advocacy priorities.
- Assist with planning Hunger Action Day at the state Capitol in Olympia, including planning activities and recruiting attendees
- Coordinate and track actions taken by partner programs
- Assist with the planning, editing, and research for annual focus groups report.
- Effectively communicate NWH’s policy advocacy work at coalition meetings and other settings
- Create and lead presentations for coalitions, partner programs, and other aligned groups.
- Assist Director of Public Policy and Advocacy and Northwest Harvest’s Communications team with the development of advocacy-related content, including digital action alerts, social media posts, newsletter articles, and other resources to help advocates take action.
- Meet with, coordinate outreach strategy with, and provide assistance to Hunger Response Network Supervisor and Coordinators to ensure effective and efficient use of agency and department resources when communicating with and visiting partners
- Participate in internal Northwest Harvest operations including staff meetings Perform other duties as assigned
- Participate in intentional learning efforts, including events relating to understanding and dismantling institutional racism and building cultural competency.
Internal: Frequent contact with leadership and staff.Communicate advocacy updates regularly and assist with departmental advocacy efforts as appropriate.
External: Frequent contact with advocacy network, potential allies, and public.
A combination of the real-life experience, education, and training to meet the requirements and demonstrate the abilities listed below.
A criminal background check is required for this position.
- Community organizing and community engagement principles.
- Anti-poverty and social justice issues, including racial disparities and the role of public policy in strategies to advance racial equity
- State and federal legislative processes and advocacy strategies are helpful, but not required.
- Salesforce constituent relationship management or other similar tools to track contacts and relationships, or ease with learning and utilizing technology
- Demonstrate interest and commitment equity and inclusion for members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations and people living with disabilities.
- Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact.
- Practice resilience in the face of campaign losses and stalemates while maintaining self-motivated, effective work habits.
- Act to problem solve, refine solutions, and learn from mistakes and shift strategies or priorities in response to demands of a situation.
- Build collaborative relationships with a diverse range of people, including people experiencing poverty or food insecurity, through listening to understand, managing constructive conflict, and showing empathy towards others. A love of meeting new people is necessary.
At least 3 years experience in anti-poverty, social justice and racial justice policy advocacy or community organizing campaigns, with progressive growth in leadership. Prior work or volunteer experience with an anti-hunger organization is beneficial, but not necessary.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in social work, social sciences or related field
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. As an adaptive organization, responsibilities can and will change in alignment with greater efficiencies and mission metrics.
Northwest Harvest offers a competitive salary and generous benefits which include but are not limited to paid time off, health/vision/dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.
Pay range for this position is $56,000 – $60,000 Annual salary – negotiable
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION:
Northwest Harvest (NWH) is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. NWH does not discriminate with regards to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other status protected under local, state or federal law.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, upon request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of our positions.
Desired start date:Aug 5, 2019