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TITLE: Policy Manager – Government Affairs

SCALE LEVEL: Program Manager

PROGRAM: Government Affairs Division

SUPERVISOR: Vice-President of Government Affairs

ORANIZATIONAL 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 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 DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Vice-President of Government Affairs, the Program Manager: National Policy will work with staff at In Our Own Voice to monitor day-to-day policy changes at the national level, with a specific focus on the administration and federal agencies. The Policy Manager will be responsible for working in coalition with other national and state organizations to identify policy and regulatory needs, work with individual organizations to create advocacy plans, conduct educational outreach to the administration, federal agency staff, and Members of Congress regarding sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice issues. Further the Policy Manager will work with other Government Affairs staff to organize and implement technical assistance and training opportunities for national and state partners on specific Reproductive Justice issues and policies;that include development of advocacy messages, conducting policy analysis, developing and/or cataloging model legislation, identifying successful advocacy strategies, providing logistical support for state-based programs, and drafting and disseminating state-specific advocacy alerts.Finally, the Policy Manager will leverage relationships with regulatory advocacy coalitions to mobilize grassroots support for improving abortion access, comprehensive sex education, contraceptive equity, and other related Reproductive Justice issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with the Vice-President of Government Affairs to conduct strategic planning with the administration and targeted agencies.
  • Provides strategic assistance to advocacy coalitions regarding reproductive health, rights, and justice issues.
  • Provides technical assistance, training, and resources to assist state partners in the implementation of their advocacy plans.
  • Identifies and documents successful policy strategies.
  • Writes national and state-specific issue briefs, fact sheets, and other policy documents.
  • Writes regulatory-specific issue briefs, fact sheets, and other policy documents.
  • Tracks national and state legislation, regulations, and policy on sexual and reproductive health care issues, including sex education, contraception, and abortion; among others.
  • Writes and distributes national and state-specific action alerts.
  • Writes monthly reports on administration and agency activities for inclusion in the Government Affairs Department’s bi-monthly policy brief.
  • Represents In Our Own Voice at colleague organization and coalition meetings and conferences. Works in cooperation with other organizations promoting sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Assists in other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years of programmatic or specialized experience in regulatory or policy advocacy, or a master’s degree with one to three years of programmatic or specialized experience in regulatory or policy advocacy. Knowledge of the Executive Branch and/or federal agencies (i.e., Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education) is a plus.

Candidate must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication, organizational, and management skills; candidate must be a team player. Candidate must have demonstrated technical skills in provision of technical assistance and training, policy analysis, preparation of written materials, evaluation, and public speaking.

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 Vice-President of Government Affairs. Commitment to the mission and goals of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. Some travel is required.

SALARY: $68K – $72K

START DATE:March 31, 2021

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

Please submit materials in Word or PDF:

  • Cover letter with salary history and requirements
  • Resume
  • 2 writing samples.You may include links to the writing samples
  • 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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