The Federal Policy Manager
will be an integral part of the Policy Team. This position will be the organizational point person for federal policy work focused on environmental justice and climate change while also contributing to other areas of the federal policy program focused on economic and social justice as well as strengthening democracy. This includes acting as the organization's representative in relevant policy coalitions and with federal policymakers, creating materials for and leading grasstops advocates, and managing relevant policy efforts. This position is a non-exempt position and reports to the Policy Director.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Policy Direction:
External Collaboration and Government Relations:
- Act as the organizational lead on environmental justice policy and federal climate change As needed, perform similar responsibilities for other federal policy priorities focused on economic and social justice as well as strengthening democracy.
- Monitor and analyze policies to identify key policy debates V4P should prioritize for advocacy.
- Represent the organization and its policy positions in coalitions and staff-level meetings with policymakers.
- Maintain and expand organizational relationships with lawmakers, government staff, and allied policy advocacy organizations, ensuring key partnerships specifically with those with deep policy expertise and/or organizations representing historically marginalized communities.
- Conduct issue area trainings, lead lobbying meetings, and manage designated policy portions of fly-ins several times a year.
- Primarily responsible for the creation of policy materials for advocacy, updates, and other programming for grasstops advocates, including issue briefs, talking points, webinar presentations, sign-on letters, etc.
- Edit, draft as needed, and help shape the message of frequent communications with grasstops advocates regarding policy updates and taking action on important federal policy issues.
- Collaborate with engagement and programming staff to implement effective grasstops advocacy plans.
- Coordinate with engagement staff to respond to policy inquiries from members as appropriate.
- Contribute policy elements to efforts to build member relationships with lawmakers, candidate education, and other programming.
- When COVID restrictions allow, travel around the Washington, D.C. area to attend policy coalitions, conferences, and government meetings, and potentially once or twice a year to Sacramento to support California State policy colleagues as needed.