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Advocacy Coordinator

 

Are you a professional looking to support your community? Would you like to work for an organization that shares your values? Now's your opportunity to start a rewarding career with a recognized leadership in workforce development whose reputation for preparing low-income parents for employment is unmatched in the community.

 

Title: Advocacy Coordinator

Position Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Reports to:  Director of Training and Education

Salary Range: $40,000-$44,000, DOE

Benefits: Full benefits including three weeks of vacation, paid health days, paid family leave, retirement, health insurance, and more.

 

Founded in 1982, CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement. CWEE believes that regardless of personal situations and other barriers to employment, when an appropriate level of education and support is provided, individuals can and will succeed. CWEE has a long history of expertise and knowledge in the field of workforce development. CWEE advocates on many levels - from work on poverty and education issues to core programs and services - and works tirelessly on behalf of those served. CWEE is now seeking to expand its funding base and dramatically accelerate the impact of its services.

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

 

The Advocacy Coordinator is a unique, cutting-edge position that seeks to close the gap between non-profit direct services and greater systems change. This position builds upon CWEE's legacy as a local leader in anti-poverty advocacy. This position is part of CWEE's Training and Education Team, which provides daily ongoing instruction to CWEE participants, but also works collaboratively across the agency. The responsibilities of the Advocacy Coordinator are two-fold. First, this position provides leadership training for CWEE participants and creates meaningful opportunities for CWEE participants to practice and develop their leadership skills. Second, this position coordinates CWEE's nonpartisan civic engagement and policy advocacy initiatives, focusing on creating more equitable laws to expand opportunities and improve outcomes for CWEE participants. Ultimately the purpose of the Advocacy Coordinator is to elevate the voices and experiences of CWEE participants to promote greater understanding of the realities of poverty and to enact systems-level change.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide training to both small (5-10) and large (35-40) groups on topics related to leadership, civic engagement, public policy, diversity, and professional development
  • Develop lesson plans and design curriculum using adult learning best practices
  • Offer individual coaching to participants in designing and implementing leadership projects
  • Inform and educate staff and participants on current laws and policies that impact CWEE
  • Engage CWEE participants and staff in policy advocacy and civic engagement
  • Facilitate CWEE's internal policy advocacy committee
  • Lead CWEE's nonpartisan voter engagement activities
  • Represent CWEE in community events, coalition meetings, and policy advocacy activities
  • Coordinate story collection and prepare testimonials for legislative hearings
  • Build community among participants through intentional relationship building
  • Use strengths-based motivational strategies to create a positive, supportive environment
  • Work collaboratively across teams to successfully develop and implement programming
  • Actively participate and provide constructive feedback in all internal and external meetings
  • Model professionalism and act as an ambassador of CWEE to participants and external partners and supporters
  • Keep detailed records of CWEE's advocacy activities and track participant data in spreadsheets and in Civicore, CWEE's database system
  • Attend meetings outside of regular business hours throughout the metro area
  • Other duties as assigned

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma required; Bachelor's degree in relevant field from an accredited college or university preferred; or equivalent work experience
  • Professional work experience in education, community organizing, government relations, human services, non-profit, or related setting
  • Demonstrated skill in teaching, group facilitation, training, and/or public speaking
  • Proven ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse and economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Familiarity with strengths-based, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive practice and program design
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with participants, staff, and community partners including government officials
  • Excellent written and oral communication, with ability to tailor messaging to target audience
  • Strong computer skills including web-based databases, internet research, and intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to learn quickly, conduct thorough research, and think critically about complex topics
  • Commitment to working towards a socially just society

 

TO APPLY:

Please email a cover letter and resume specifically outlining your qualifications in the areas identified to snoll@cwee.org. No phone calls. Invitations for interviews will be extended upon review of qualified candidates until the position is filled.

 

CWEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities and individuals dedicated to diversity and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.

A criminal background check of 7 years is required.