JOB DESCRIPTION: The Grassroots Advocacy Manager is an integral member of the Fight Colorectal Cancer team. The position will be responsible for planning and coordinating for the implementation of Fight Colorectal Cancer outreach program activities under the supervision and guidance of the President.
We are seeking a bright, ambitious and team-oriented individual who is comfortable in a growth-oriented and fast paced organization to fill the position of Grassroots Advocacy Manager in our Springfield, MO office.
The Grassroots Advocacy Manager is responsible for identifying, developing, and managing opportunities for growing the organization’s grassroots network and the organization’s grassroots advocacy campaigns. This includes managing volunteer advocate leaders in several regions and assisting leadership with the development and implementation of campaigns to achieve our legislative goals and to expand the organization’s grassroots network. Day to day activities include: providing support for and conducting training sessions for volunteer advocacy leaders, developing materials for grassroots advocacy campaigns, social media communications, and helping manage the organization’s annual Call on Congress event in DC.
- Develops and maintains relationships with Grassroots Advocacy Committee volunteers across the country;
- Develops and provides training, tools and resources for advocates;
- Travels to events to promote advocacy participation and recruit advocates as directed;
- Identifies and develops opportunities for grassroots outreach efforts, including assisting in the development and distribution of Action Alerts and social media posts;
- Represents the organization at meetings and events with coalition partners in Washington, D.C. and in the field. Travel is required;
- Works with our Communications Department to manage and update the content of the Advocacy section of the organization’s website to assure the accuracy and timeliness of information;
- Manage and maintain the Advocacy Portal working with Operations on member data management of lists and those indicating an interest around advocacy:
- Attends in person and virtual meetings, weekly one-to-one meetings, organization-wide staff meetings, and other meetings as determined appropriate by supervisor;
- Performs other related duties as assigned by management. This position will include some administrative tasks;
- Carries out all responsibilities in an honest, ethical, nonpartisan and professional manner.
The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following experiences, skills and qualities:
- Four year college degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
- Related experience working in grassroots organizing and/or advocacy or political campaign experience a plus.
- Excellent writing skills and knowledge of written advocacy communication formats and composition; excellent oral communication skills; demonstrated volunteer management skills.
- Familiarity with policy development process and key aspects of the legislative process.
- Ability to advocate for the needs of people affected by colorectal cancer and to accurately represent the interests of Fight Colorectal Cancer.
- Education and/or demonstrated experience related to federal and/or state legislative processes.
- Ability to synthesize and/or analyze complex information.
- Ability to produce reports and presentations using MS Office, Google applications, Salesforce and other computer-based technologies.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability and willingness to work with bi-coastal staff.
- Ability to work effectively in a small team and with advocates.
- Knowledge of general office practices and procedures.
- Skill in operating office equipment, such as personal computer, calculator, copy machine, mobile devices, and smartphones.
- Ability to exercise good judgment and maintain highest level of confidentiality.
- Ability to communicate in a virtual environment with employees and other agency contacts in a courteous and professional manner.
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and maintain schedules.
- Ability to present oral and written reports.
- Ability to make decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Ability to work comfortably with diverse populations, with sensitivity to issues concerning cancer.