March for Our Lives Policy & Government Affairs Manager New York, NY · Remote · Full time

The Policy and Government Affairs Manager will be responsible for the development of our state and local legislative work, our candidate engagement efforts and support the team’s policy analysis and team management and development efforts.

Description

POSITION TITLE: Policy and Government Affairs Manager

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Director of Policy 

DIRECT REPORTS: N/A

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee

SALARY:  $63,000-68,000 (commensurate with experience)


POSITION SUMMARY:

Born out of a tragic school shooting, March For Our Lives (MFOL) is a courageous youth-led a movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education, and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence. Survivors of the Parkland shooting went on to organize the single largest protest against gun violence in history with a historic march on Washington, D.C., joined by 800 sibling marches around the world. We turned a moment into a movement with 300 local chapters dedicated to eradicating gun violence in all forms. 


The Policy and Government Affairs Manager will be responsible for the development of our state and local legislative work, our candidate engagement efforts and support the team’s policy analysis and team management and development efforts. The Policy and Government Affairs Manager will also provide support generally on MFOL’s workstreams and tentpoles while working collaboratively with MFOL’s Team Leads, Executive Directors, Board of Directors, and members.


What You’ll Do:


State Policy and Advocacy Work

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan as it relates to building out March for Our Lives’ state policy and advocacy work for the coming legislative sessions
  • Manage state legislative work across associates on the team and provide guidance and direction
  • Support MFOL’s lobbying and legislation efforts in state capitols across the country. 
  • Cultivate and build lasting and meaningful relationships with key policymakers and stakeholders in state capitols, in service of MFOL’s mission;
  • Provide reliable, timely analysis and responses to MFOL’s legislative activities at the state level
  • Track progress of legislative agendas and policy campaigns in collaboration with external partners;


Local Policy and Advocacy Work

  • Support March for Our Lives’ lobbying and legislation efforts locally across the country
  • Review and execute legislative and local advocacy campaigns to ensure they are strategically focused and driven by our mission and values while ensuring that MFOL youth leadership and voices are included in the process;
  • Collaborate with the organizing team to ensure local policy and advocacy work is activating and engaging for our network and benchmarks are being met accordingly 


Coalitions and Partnerships Work

  • Identify and execute inclusive ways to meaningfully engage with and garner mutual trust with organizations whose work intersects and aligns with MFOL’s mission and vision
  • Develop partnerships and coalition engagement strategies for MFOL’s workstreams and tentpoles 
  • Manage new and existing coalition partnerships as it relates to our policy and advocacy work


Candidate Engagement Work

  • Provide guidance for candidate engagement work as it relates to the 2022 Midterms and beyond
  • In coordination with the Organizing team, develop a strategic candidate engagement plan that meets benchmarks and goals accordingly
  • Oversee the process for candidate engagement work including scorecard, rankings, etc.
  • Conduct research on candidates, races, primary election updates, and more to distribute widely across the organization


Policy Team Management and Development Support

  • Working closely with the Director of Policy, support policy team management efforts which include staff and project management as needed
  • Actively contribute to the team’s policy development and analysis efforts


Who You Are:

  • You’re a relationship builder: Consensus building and coalition building are your go-to’s. You have demonstrated the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with other staff and other organizations and to work with groups across the political spectrum.
  • You’re a high-value communicator: You over-communicate. You hate the idea of your inbox crowding up and serving as a model for how to communicate effectively in distributed environments.
  • You can juggle multiple priorities: You know how to prioritize and how assess a variety of needs to determine the most pressing concerns. The idea of doing a little bit of everything at times excites you.
  • You’re a strategic thinker: You know how to assess work based on a variety of different factors and identify a path forward that will lead to a clear set of goals and objectives. 
  • You’re a subject matter expert: You are up to speed on the policy priorities of the organization, tuned into what’s happening in the gun violence prevention movement and are aware of the key players and change-makers in the movement.


Salary

$62,000 - $68,000 per year