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State Policy Advocate

Protect Democracy seeks mission-driven State Policy Advocates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin who will join a team of passionate professionals dedicated to protecting our democracy at all levels of government. You will be our advocacy lead in this state, working with our full team to design, execute, and contribute to a variety of initiatives that achieve impact and advance Protect Democracy’s mission of preventing our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. 

You can work from any location in or near the state you cover. We will consider remote work from elsewhere in the United States for candidates with exceptional ties to Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, or Wisconsin. 

State Policy Advocates will help Protect Democracy navigate politics, maintain strong relationships, and be active members of in-state coalitions so that we can act nimbly and with humility, and make smart choices that strengthen American democracy at every level. 

The ideal candidate brings a strategic approach and superb communication skills; a flexible, growth-oriented mindset and collaborative approach; a commitment to excellence; and enthusiasm for our mission. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and with policy views across the political and ideological spectrum to apply. Finally, we do not expect any candidate to have 100% of the qualifications below. If you think you’d be a stellar fit and could grow into the role, we want to hear from you.

State Policy Advocates will:

  • Develop, propose, and lead strategic campaigns aimed at influencing political and civic leaders in your state to rebuild our democratic norms and institutions that are under threat;
  • Build or help strengthen cross-partisan coalitions of leaders, organizations, and activists in support of strategic campaigns to protect, rebuild, and perfect our democracy;
  • Generate creative policy solutions and campaigns, while working with legislators, agencies, experts, and coalitions to advance them, such as our efforts to successfully restore the right to vote to 56,000 people in North Carolina, or our ongoing advocacy in opposition to the sham election review (the so-called “audit”) in Arizona
  • Collaborate with other organizations, including grassroots groups and advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum;
  • Partner with colleagues to develop advocacy campaigns that will support our legal and litigation work in an integrated advocacy approach;
  • Propose concrete legislative or regulatory proposals, including legislative text and supporting policy documents with minimal supervision, and supervise team members to prepare these materials;
  • Write, publish, and speak publicly to highlight the need for specific pro-democracy reforms and to build support among other nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the general public for the theories of change to achieve such reforms;
  • Work with members of Congress, state agency leaders, state-level lawmakers, experts, and coalitions to advance policy reforms into law;
  • Brief reporters and provide expert commentary on complex policy issues and solutions;
  • Contribute as a leader to the overall development of the organization across all areas;
  • Work primarily in one state, with the possibility of expanding into others –therefore experience at the state level in any state is valuable. 

Requirements:

  • A passionate commitment to rebuilding democratic norms and institutions;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead policy development, campaigns, or advocacy initiatives, particularly at the state level, at a high level of excellence;
  • Ability to build and execute state legislative and/or state executive branch lobbying strategies;
  • Ability and experience managing projects, i.e., designing and implementing step-by-step plans to get from A to B; 
  • Ability to generate ideas and creative policy solutions;
  • Ability to persuasively present policy proposals to high-level decision makers, potential coalition partners, or think tanks/symposia through oral presentations and written products;
  • Ability to write convincing and accessible policy analysis, articles, memos, and reports;
  • Excellent judgment about political activism, including what levers can make change happen with limited resources;
  • Understanding of the rhythms of the political-media world and legislative dynamics;
  • Exceptional diplomatic skills and ability to build strong relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and ideologies;
  • Comfort working in a collaborative start-up environment and partnering with team members from across disciplines; 
  • Comfort with an open and transparent culture with constant feedback up, down, and sideways.

About Protect Democracy:

  • Location requirements are flexible. The only requirement is that your location be one that allows you to complete the demands of the position and mission. We currently have staff in Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, California, Illinois, and elsewhere around the country. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we offered shared workspaces in those locations for staff members who enjoy working in an office environment, and we are reopening our workspaces in line with current guidance. 
  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. This position is full-time and offers a salary and benefits commensurate with experience and designed to be at the leading edge of competitiveness for the social justice and non-profit sector. While we cannot match for-profit sector salaries, our staff generally make more than typical nonprofit salaries. And our benefits package is equivalent to the most competitive for-profit firms. Our intent is that finance not be a bar to people who want to do this work on the theory that paying for top talent will result in greater impact towards our mission. In addition to a competitive salary, our benefits package includes three months of paid parental leave, a 401(k) plan in which we match employee contributions dollar for dollar up to 6% of salary, and full coverage for an excellent health care plan.
  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.

To apply for this position, please fill out the application here and upload your resume and cover letter as a single PDF. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please contact [email protected] if you require accommodations at any point in the application process.

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