Public Policy Specialist–Violence Free Colorado
Organization: Violence Free Colorado
Job Title: Public Policy Specialist
Annual Salary: $48,500 (negotiable)
– Knowledge and understanding of relationship/domestic violence and at least three years experience working to address gender-based violence and intersecting oppressions.
– Previous experience with program support/assistance and community organizing.
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of legislative processes and procedures. Colorado specific knowledge preferred, but not required.
– An interest in lobbying, grassroots organizing, and coalition/movement building.
– An understanding of and agreement with Violence Free Colorado’s mission and vision statements, and values.
– Experience with a coalition or membership organization is an asset.
– Post-secondary college or university education is an asset.
– Bilingual or multilingual oral and/or written proficiency and biculturalism is an asset and will receive higher compensation.
Additional Requirements: Occasional evening and weekend work required. Ability to travel statewide, and occasionally nationally. Proof of valid driver’s license and auto insurance required; or ability to use alternate transportation.
Essential Job Functions:
– Support of Public Policy Program
– Co-Facilitate the statewide Public Policy Committee, including meeting scheduling, logistics, recruitment, and regular correspondence with Committee members to increase statewide membership and allied stakeholders’ capacity to engage in both policy work and implementation within local communities.
– Participating in lobbying on behalf of Violence Free Colorado’s policy agenda—attending lobby visits with Public Policy Director, drafting materials, and following-up with Legislators and/or Members of Congress or their staff.
– Tracking legislation and writing memos or providing briefings for Public Policy Director.
Recruiting and training interns, volunteers, and activists; assist with management of interns.
– Work with the Associate Director and Public Policy Director in creating and developing a robust, consistent, and effective evaluation program for the public policy program.
Communications and Outreach
– Creating materials—drafting action alerts, fact sheets, and legislative updates and reports.
– Working with the Public Policy Director and/or other Violence Free Colorado staff to organize events—helping to plan and complete legislative events such as Congressional briefings, press conferences, and receptions by handling logistics and liaising with State Legislator and Congressional offices.
– Preparing and updating content for sections of Violence Free Colorado’s public policy and systems advocacy website — does not require html or other coding experience or usage.
– Collaborating with the Violence Free Colorado Community Impact Team to develop consistent and regular social media, newsletter, action alert and other timely communications.
– Public Policy Implementation
– Develop an annual public policy publication about Violence Free Colorado public policy efforts and accomplishments that supports member and stakeholder engagement in implementation.
– Work with Public Policy Director to create statewide strategies and tactics to support community-based domestic violence organizations toward implementation of new laws and policies.
– Develop tools, publications, and trainings to support implementation efforts.
– Recruit, build relationships with, build the capacity and power of, organize, and engage people with lived experience to actively engage in Violence Free Colorado’s public policy efforts.
– Build or strengthen relationships with and engage culturally specific and BIPOC-led organizations and groups to better understand the needs of their communities to center them in our public policy efforts and to support their efforts.
– Provide public policy and systems advocacy specific technical assistance to community-based domestic violence organizations and culturally-specific organizations throughout Colorado.
– Support community-based domestic violence and culturally-specific organizations, and survivors, to effectively mobilize and testify during legislative session.
– Work to ensure community-based domestic violence and culturally specific organizations and survivors have meaningful access to legislators and other elected officials through various mechanisms and platforms.
Additional Job Functions:
– Assist other Coalition staff in major projects as appropriate.
– Represent Violence Free Colorado on outside committees, and at statewide and national events or conferences.
– Participate in organizational development and capacity building activities and engage in organization-wide
social change activities to advance the mission of the organization.
– Assist with applicable grant progress reports and grant tracking, in a detailed and timely manner.
– Perform all work in a culturally responsive, inclusive manner consistent with Violence Free Colorado’s
mission, vision, values and philosophy.
– Perform other duties as needed to support the mission of Violence Free Colorado.
100% of medical, vision, and dental insurance provided and available the first of the month following the month employment begins, 3% retirement match, unlimited light rail/bus pass, paid vacation, wellness, holiday and bereavement leave, and a flexible schedule within an overall 36 hour work week.
Open Date: 2021-01-20
Close Date: 2021-02-03
Instructions: This position is new and so begins as soon as possible. To apply, please submit the following documents combined in one file with your name in the title:
1. A cover letter summarizing your interest in and relevant experience for this position;
2. Your resume; and
3. Three references (two of which must be professional)
Email to Amy Miller, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Public Policy Specialist Application – [your last name]). Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (MST) on February 3rd, 2021. No calls, please.