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Political Strategist
#17-0508

Reports to: CPO (Chief Program Officer)

Location: East Cherry YWCA2820 East CherrySeattle, WA  98122

Overview:

This position researches public policy and provides technical support in order to advance the YWCA’s mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.  She/He/They will serve as the Strategic Advisor for the YWCA’s role in advocacy. This position will assist with the development and implementation of a multi-pronged strategy around community education, client mobilization and influencing political figures to advance our service based Race and Gender Equity Platform. This strategy will include but not be limited to: research, briefing and preparation of position papers on the agency’s behalf.

This position will work closely with CPO to develop public policy strategy that engages staff, community and leadership of the YWCA. She/He/They will ensure seamless and integrated execution, understanding, and ownership of the overall advocacy strategy. The APS will stay aware of the initiatives that other local and statewide coalitions that impact progress towards racial and gender equity. She/He/They will provide key information to CPO and other staff designated to serve as spokespersons on the YWCA’s behalf. The APS is responsible for building relationships with potential and ongoing partner organizations to deepen our effectiveness, and identify ways to further our impact.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Distributes information to staff related to interest that supports the mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women around public policy both locally and nationally.
  • Develops position papers that support the YWCA position(s) on Race and Gender equity.
  • Secures opportunities for CEO and Board members to speak with public officials on Race and Gender Equity interests that the YWCA supports.
  • Works in partnership with program staff to mobilize client engagement in advocacy.
  • Keeps the organization informed of strategic community, state and national issues that tie to our advocacy work; mobilize action and responses as needed. 
  • Authors/Drafts issue written briefings as necessary.
  • Supports CPO with Public Policy Committee to create policy framework, in partnership with marketing/communications department, to ensure on-going and strategic communications that interlace with advocacy efforts.
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, communities, and people.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing skills, includes knowledge of legal/government writing.
  • Ability to produce technical documents; includes ability to produce documents on a quick timeline.
  • High level of knowledge on Race and Gender Equity in institutions, legislation and policy.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and working knowledge of social media.
  • Three to five years’ experience in advocacy, policy, and community planning or any combination of skills and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform this job.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse workforce, constituents, and volunteers.
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong problem-solving, priority-setting, public speaking and decision-making skills.
  • Able to think holistically about organizational needs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the agency well including the promotion of community service and public speaking.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed.
  • Core Competencies: initiative, sound judgment, relationship building, organizational understanding, communication: oral and written communication, planning,professionalism, organization and leading others.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In performing this job, the employee:

  • Continuously performs indoor work including sitting while operating a computer
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties in the workspace and in the community
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Occasionally travel between the 3 downtown properties via bus and/or walking
  • Occasionally lifts/carries 10 pounds or less
  • Occasionally stands, squats, kneels and bends while performing job duties

*Continuously over 80% of the time, Frequently 20-80% of the time, and Occasionally under 20% of the time.

HOURS, RATE, BENEFITS

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Part-time, 30 hours per week.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Exempt
  • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick-leave plans.
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to ibahner@ywcaworks.org. Please include where you found this posting in your application (HR purposes only).

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer