Community Education Group, Inc. Policy Associate (Charleston, WV or surrounding areas in WV) Charleston, WV · Full time

The Associate is responsible for carrying out data collection activities, including attendance on calls and visits with local and statewide coalitions, in order to support CEG’s highest priority public policy and reg-ulation aims including monitoring opioid settlement spending, increasing access to methadone, and supporting efforts to prevent overdose deaths in WV and Appalachia. Moreover, the Associate provides support in the research, writing, and production of a variety of policy content, including letters, press releases, issue briefs, white papers, blog posts, conference abstracts, and social media collateral. This position will also help support relationship building with government, philanthropy, and business lead-ers in Charleston, WV and the state as a whole.

Description

Policy Associate


About the Organization:

Community Education Group (CEG) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization working to eliminate disparities in health outcomes and improve public health in disadvantaged populations and under-served communities.


We accomplish this by conducting research, training community health workers, sharing our expertise through national networks and local capacity building efforts, and advocating for practical and effective health policies that lead to social change. 

 

Position Summary:

The Associate is responsible for carrying out data collection activities, including attendance on calls and visits with local and statewide coalitions, in order to support CEG’s highest priority public policy and regulation aims including monitoring opioid settlement spending, increasing access to methadone, and supporting efforts to prevent overdose deaths in WV and Appalachia. Moreover, the Associate provides support in the research, writing, and production of a variety of policy content, including letters, press releases, issue briefs, white papers, blog posts, conference abstracts, and social media collateral. This position will also help support relationship building with government, philanthropy, and business leaders in Charleston, WV and the state as a whole.


Job Location:

This is a fully remote position with some opportunities to travel. Preference will be given to those living in West Virginia.


Travel Requirements:

Less than 40%


Reporting Relationships (subject to change):

Lee Storrow, Sr. Director of External Affairs


Supervisory Relationship (potential and subject to change):

Interns (as needed)

 

Agency-Wide Duties and Responsibilities:

-         Supports the mission, vision and values of the CEG

-         Complies willingly with all organizational policies and procedures

-         Supports and facilitates positive interaction with others by exhibiting:

o  Individual maturity

o  Respect for others

o  A team-centered approach

o  Cultural humility

o  Maintenance of confidential information

-         Communicates appropriate information to their supervisor and other departments in a timely and effective manner.

-         Attends weekly staff meetings, on time and prepared with requested materials and updates

-         Attends weekly check-ins with whomever is their direct supervisor

-         Attends monthly Appalachian Partnership Consortium meetings

-         Attends at least one virtual or in-person conference

 

Position-Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

-         Identify the appropriate contacts in local, state, and federal governments, agencies, and other organizations to build and maintain professional relationships

-         Represent CEG on various coalition calls as deemed fit by the Senior Director of External Affairs and the Policy Director

-         Assist with efforts to manage and renovate property owned by CEG in Charleston, WV

-         Draft, conduct research for and help develop content for CEG one-pagers, talking points, issue briefs, related charts and visuals, infographics, and presentations to be used with selected internal or external audiences to advance CEG policy and/or state and federal relations activities.

-         Assists CEG policy staff in the development and implementation of major new policy initiatives and planning and coordinating policy related workshops and meetings.

-         Support the Appalachian Opioid Remediation project

-         Ensures social media content is timely, relevant, and that it supports the policy department’s initiatives, issues, and projects.

-         Prepares drafts and contributes to reports, white papers, letters, comments, testimony, graphics and other CEG documents and products.

-         Attends and reports on briefings, hearings, coalition meetings, and conference calls as needed.

-         Develops and maintains professional relationships with legislative staff in West Virginia and outside experts from academia, coalition partners, and other community-based organizations.

-         Supports advocacy initiatives in West Virginia (and other Appalachian states as needed) related to issues that impact the HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and substance use disorder syndemic.

 

Professional Qualifications:

-         Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience (additional graduate training is preferred)

-         One to four years of local and/or state-level policy advocacy experience

-         Familiarity with the principles of harm reduction and/or advocacy issues related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, or substance use disorders


General Skill Requirements:

-         Excellent self-management, communication, and team-based participation

-         Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and presentation skills

-         Exemplary ability to manage multiple tasks using independent judgment and discretion

-         Ability to work culturally appropriately and effectively with diverse age groups, racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender-identity minorities, and with neurodiverse communities

-         Ability to work with those for whom English may be a second language and those with limited literary skills in their own language

-         Ability to work independently and accurately in a high-paced, deadline-oriented environment, particularly while working remotely

-         Ability to work under pressure while exercising discretionary judgment and making decisions

-         Ability to plan while remaining flexible enough to pivot with urgency

-         Ability to capture values and organizational culture in writing and other communications efforts

 

Physical and Sensory Requirements:

-         Ability to read, write and converse in English

-         Ability to communicate efficiently with staff, stakeholders, and vendors

-         Ability to remain calm and composed under stress

-         Bending, lifting, grasping, fine hand/eye coordination, pushing/pulling, and/or prolonged sitting/standing

-         Ability to respond to telephones and other auditory stimulation

-         Ability to organize

-         Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements)

-         Ability to evaluate/interpret information and make independent judgments/decisions

 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary Range: $46,000 - $57,000 a year. CEG offers a standard benefits package including paid time off.


How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume and a writing sample. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. People of color, people living with HIV, people with lived experience of substance use disorder, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply. No phone calls or emails please.


Job Type: Full-time


Pay: $46,000.00 - $57,000.00 per year


Benefits:

●    Paid time off

Schedule:

●    8-hour shift

●    Monday to Friday

Experience:

●    Social & Political Science: 2 years (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

●    25% (Preferred)

Salary

$46,000 - $57,000 per year