REQUIRED EDUCATION: BA/BS
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: 3-5 years political, campaign, grassroots, state legislative or advocacy experience in a similar capacity.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Demonstrated success at organizing grassroots and volunteer efforts, direct advocacy outreach, organizational, analytical and communication skills.
REPORT TO: Director of State Government Relations
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- This description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not limit or restrict the tasks which may be assigned, which are subject to change at any time.
- Work directly with state association(s) in designated region to advance key legislative priorities;
- Develop and maintain relationships with state association(s) staff, volunteers, lobbyists and elected officials;
- Assist in coordinating grassroots and volunteer efforts at state capitols and events throughout the designated region, as necessary;
- Communicate with local volunteers about critical legislative engagement timelines and messaging;
- Support state association(s) with drafting and distributing white papers, talking points and other supplemental materials to legislators and other key volunteers on legislative priorities;
- Submit weekly reports on legislative, political, and grassroots matters in assigned region to Director;
- Coordinate with AOA communications staff on timely messaging related to key legislative and political issues;
- Participate in face-to-face meetings with legislators and volunteers on legislative priorities; and
- Submit accurate and timely expense reports.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Attend and participate in face-to-face meetings and other gatherings to further grassroots and state legislative advocacy efforts;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Analyze, research, organize, and convey detailed policy information;
- Extensive travel (at least 50%) during state legislative sessions and throughout the year to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships with volunteers and legislators;
- Strong in applicable Microsoft computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
- Ability to work under tight timelines and respond to last minute requests;
- Professional appearance and demeanor.
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Role: Grassroots Coordinator
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