Policy Associate position available
TITLE: Policy Associate
SCALE LEVEL: Associate
PROGRAM: Policy Division
SUPERVISOR: Vice President of Government Affairs
Salary Range: $58,000-$65,000 annually
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is the only national Black women’s reproductive justice organization. Our goal is to increase and highlight the leadership of Black women on reproductive health, rights and justice issues. In Our Own Voice is a national-state partnership with eight Black women’s organizations: Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, Inc., SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center, and Women With a Vision.
As a Reproductive Justice organization, In Our Own Voice approaches these policy issues from a human rights perspective, incorporating the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation and gender identity with the situational impacts of economics, politics and culture that make up the lived experiences of Black women in America.
Our goal is to lift up the voices of Black women leaders on local, state and national policies that impact the lives of Black women and girls. Our core strategies include leadership development, advocacy and policy change, and movement building.
In Our Own Voice works with its organizational partners to impact policies at the national and state levels. We educate policymakers, develop talking points and fact sheets on the impact policies have on the health and well-being of Black women, and conduct advocacy visits with elected officials. We also train Black women to educate national and state-level policymakers on our issues and on the impact bad policies have on the reproductive health and rights of Black women in their state and region.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Vice President of Government Affairs and in collaboration with the Government Affairs Team, the Policy Associate will work with staff at In Our Own Voice to monitor day-to-day policy changes at the federal and state level.
The Policy Associate will be responsible for tracking and summarizing legislation, regulations and policy developments as they pertain to Reproductive Justice and providing necessary support to the government affairs team in furthering national and state policy and legislative goals.
- Tracks, monitors and reports out to In Our Own Voice staff on legislation and regulations relevant to In Our Own Voice priorities
- Researches and analyzes legislative, regulatory, and policy developments as it pertains to national and state reproductive justice issues
- Writes issue briefs; fact sheets, action alerts and other policy documents for Government Affairs team and partner organization use
- Collaborates with communications department to elevate policy items to strategic communications platforms
- Represents In Our Own Voice at coalition meetings and conferences as needed
- Tracks organizational lobbying hours
- Assists in other tasks as assigned
VALUED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS:
- Bachelors’ Degrees with one to three years of experience in legislative or policy advocacy or Reproductive Justice
- Commitment to the mission and goals of In Our Own Voice, Reproductive Justice, and the empowerment of Black women and girls
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, organizational, and management skills
- Strong research and writing skills
- Ability to balance multiple projects at once
- Ability to self-start, prioritize, and meet deadlines as delineated by the Vice President of Government Affairs
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, participation in our 401K plan after six months of qualified employment, and competitive vacation and sick leave. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified 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.
To apply for policy associate position, please send a cover letter and resume (attached as Word or pdf document) to Jessica Pinckney at email@example.com. Applications must be received by January 31, 2020.
Summer Internships 2 positions available
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda seeks committed individuals who are passionate about Reproductive Justice, especially as it relates to the reproductive health and rights of Black women and girls, to join our team.
As an intern, you’ll get an inside understanding of the fight to attain reproductive justice for Black women and girls both locally and at the federal level in the nation’s capitol, as well as an opportunity to hone your professional skills in a fast-paced environment.
Interns conduct meaningful tasks and are responsible for their own individual projects. The selected interns are expected to work from June 2015 – August 2015 (start and end dates are flexible depending on your school semester schedule). Summer Interns will work on the substantive and logistical support for our Black Women’s Training and Advocacy Weekend (September 26-29, 2015). You will get experience in strategic communications and media outreach, policy research, curricula development, community outreach and advocacy training.
- Currently enrolled or recent graduate of a 2 year or 4 year institution
- Ability to commit to full-time Summer work during the internship
- A commitment to Reproductive Justice
- Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the internship
To apply for one of the intern positions, please send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for two references (attached as Word or pdf document) to Marcela Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line “Summer Internship.” Internship applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must be received by March 31, 2015.