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TITLE: Policy and Operations Associate 

SCALE LEVEL: Associate

PROGRAM: Government Affairs Division

SUPERVISOR: Vice President for Government Affairs 

SALARY: $68K – $73K

START DATE: March 1, 2023

ORANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is the only national Black women’s reproductive justice organization. Our mission 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 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 major goals are: 

  1. To establish a leadership voice for Black women on reproductive rights, health, and justice policy at the national level; 
  2. To build a coordinated grassroots movement of Black women in support of abortion rights and access, including ending the onerous funding restrictions, contraceptive equity, and comprehensive sex education; 
  3. To lay the foundation for ongoing policy change at the national and state levels that impacts the lives and wellbeing of Black women and their families; and 
  4. To engage and motivate Black women as a traditionally underrepresented group to use their voting power in the American electorate.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Program and Operations Associate is a member of the Government Affairs team, reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs and supporting the full Government Affairs Division in research, administrative, scheduling and operations support, including developing and managing systems for tracking partnerships and legislative strategies across federal and state policy teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage operational needs of the Government Affairs team related to implementation of policy, advocacy, and partnerships work.
  • Provide scheduling and administrative support to the Vice President of Government Affairs, and scheduling support for internal team meetings and events. Set, manage team meetings—including scheduling, calendaring, notes, and readouts.
  • Support federal and state teams in legislative tracking through managing and auditing the processes and systems that teams should employ.
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Communications and Finance teams on operational needs.
  • Organize and manage processes for team reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs.
  • Manage the platforms and process for tracking relationships with elected officials, government staff and partners; ensure that both the federal and state sub-teams are up to date with tracking and reporting.
  • Oversee operational management of all Government Affairs team needs, including travel logistics, supplies, retreats and convenings; Provide as needed budget and finance tracking.
  • Create and own the official team calendar with internal strategic plan benchmarks external key events and moments.
  • Conduct as-needed research, draft-writing, and document review to support the Vice President of Government Affairs.

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • 3+ years of demonstrated experience in administrative and operations support; within a non-profit or social justice organization is a plus.
  • Excellent project management and operations skills, and the ability to manage detailed systems and processes that track progress on strategic and work plans.
  • Must have a commitment to the principles of Reproductive Justice and the empowerment of Black women, femmes, and girls. Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet deadlines as delineated by the Director of Policy and Advocacy. Commitment to the mission and goals of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. 

This position is based in Washington, DC with a 4-day work week. Some travel is required.

TO APPLY: Please send the following to the attention of Human Resources, Bettye Brentley, Vice President of Finance and HR hr@blackrj.org.

Please submit materials in Word or PDF:

  • A cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position.
  • A resume of no more than 2 pages.  
  • 3 professional references.

All inquiries and applications will be kept confidential.  Interviews will be on a rolling basis so applicants should get their materials in as soon as possible.

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is an equal opportunity organization.

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