Caring Across Generations
Position: Full Time
Reports To: Senior Director of Advocacy
FLSA Status: Exempt
Start Date: As soon as filled
Work Location: Washington DC preferred, but remote possible
About Caring Across Generations:
Caring Across Generations is an intersectional campaign working to make care more affordable and accessible at every stage of life, while making sure caregivers are treated with respect and dignity. Founded in 2011 by workers’ rights activists Sarita Gupta and Ai-jen Poo, we’re focused on creating change in three ways: organizing a powerful movement of the Caring Majority, fighting for groundbreaking policy at the state level and federal level, and changing hearts and minds through storytelling and leveraging pop culture.
About the Position
The Legislative Manager will work at the intersection of government affairs and the fight to enact policy that invests in our care infrastructure, especially for family caregivers in communities of color and other communities that struggle to find and afford the care they need. This position is an integral part of the campaign’s federal advocacy and engagement program. The individual will support Caring Across on federal policy by tracking and reporting on Congressional legislation; federal agency policy and the federal appropriations process. The Legislative Manager will assist Caring Across with research, analysis and development of advocacy materials pertaining to public policy on the Legislative and Executive Branch level and provide overall support to the federal legislative program. This position will also be asked to track state legislation affecting policy on care and caregiving.
- Monitor legislation within the Campaign’s purview such as caregiving, aging, childcare, disability, paid leave, medicare and medicaid and other issue areas such as tax policy; Social Security and budget
- Track, monitor and understand the progress of federal and executive branch proposed legislation and initiatives that have an impact on the Care Agenda
- Draft memos summarizing legislation, preparing reports on Congressional hearings, and legislative mark-ups, statements, talking points and speeches
- Legislative research
- Track, analyze and report on legislation
- Track, analyze and report on organizational priorities in the federal budget, including authorizations and appropriations; all stages of the budget process (e.g., request, markup, final passage); specific funding levels for programs and accounts; and provisions and report language
- Maintain and update centralized federal and state engagement (CRM) database
- Draft regular blog posts and newsletter articles highlighting momentum on the Caring Across agenda and developments at the state and federal level
- Draft action alerts, lobbying materials and other advocacy tools to keep Congressional staff, national and state coalition partners informed on the latest news and policy developments
- Coordinate coalition meetings and logistics, develop agenda items, draft meeting materials, and handle meeting follow-up
- Meet with constituency and advocacy groups, coalition partners and when appropriate Congressional staff
- Assist with organizing congressional briefings, constituent lobby days and lobby visits and assist in the preparation of constituent and field partner meetings with Congressional staff and members of Congress
- Draft correspondence to members of Congress, administration officials and coalition partners
- Draft constituent profiles; questions; background briefers for Congressional offices in preparation for hearings and congressional meetings and press conferences when necessary
- Prepare briefing books for Caring Across principals in preparation for and in anticipation of providing testimony to Congress and assist in hearing prep for the principals and Caring Across constituent witnesses
- As appropriate and when necessary, advocate for legislation and policy priorities of the Campaign
- 1-2 years experience in a Congressional office working on legislative issues
- 1-2 years working as a Legislative Manager or Legislative Correspondent
- Demonstrated substantial legislative experience
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Proven ability to quickly master assigned subject areas quickly
- Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment and manage competing priorities
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity, gender justice, and to empowering low- and moderate-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities
- CRM database management experience a plus
- Sector knowledge: The ability to have understanding of, and ability to communicate about organizations, philosophies, strategies in the care sector and/or in department areas of expertise.
- Managing Performance: The ability to take responsibility for one’s own performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, giving and receiving feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.
- Project Management: The ability to determine appropriate measures for themselves and for others to achieve the project goals and to work effectively to tight deadlines regardless of possible setbacks.
- Building Collaborative Relationships: The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the campaign.
- Self-starter, proactive
- Sense of humor
- Political instincts
- Flexible, nimble
- Work well with others
- Analytic thinking
- Organizational skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Research skills
- Problem-solving abilities
- Time management
Light to moderate travel may be required depending upon whether the work is performed from Washington DC or from a location outside of Washington DC. When travel resumes, travel to quarterly staff retreats and occasional in person meetings are likely.
How to Apply
Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until it is filled, but preference will be given to those who apply by midnight ET on July 30, 2021.
Submit your application on Bamboo. Applications should include:
- A resume
- Writing sample of a brief, talking points, testimony, or something related to a similar position
- Answers to the following questions in lieu of a cover letter:
- What is your motivation for applying to this role? (suggested word limit: 200)
- In order for us to understand your writing style, please explain how you spend/spent your day at a previous/current employer (suggested word limit: 300)
Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people are strongly urged to apply
Compensation, Benefits and Work Schedule
This is a full-time, exempt position based on need. The salary is $75,000. We have offices in Washington DC and New York City, however this is a remote position.
Caring Across Generations is a project of, and fiscally sponsored by, National Domestic Workers Alliance. NDWA offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Generous Benefits, including 5+ weeks of paid time off annually, including 3 weeks of office closure, most federal holidays, 12 days of vacation, and 12 sick days (prorated to the start date) and excellent health benefits.