OJTA Position Announcement: Advocacy & Systems Director

Job Summary: The Advocacy and Systems Director is a key leader within OJTA who will advance OJTA’s policy and systems change advocacy goals, under the larger umbrella of an Oregon Green New Deal.  The position requires experience in policy advocacy, systems change, and analysis, the ability to develop a multi-pronged strategy, and a commitment to environmental and climate justice. The ideal Advocacy and Systems Director is someone with significant experience with policymaking, systems change, and strategic policy advocacy campaigns. 

Job Responsibilities

Campaign Management: (40%)

  • Lead legislative advocacy strategy for OJTA campaigns 
  • Represent OJTA in the Oregon capitol
  • Support member orgs to participate in ongoing Energy Democracy rulemaking and other campaigns
  • Support OJTA member orgs local and state policy/legislative priorities

Grassroots Advocacy  (20%)

  • Support member orgs’ grassroots advocacy efforts, such as leadership trainings and providing regular updates to grassroots leaders
  • Work collaboratively with member orgs to ensure that grassroots advocacy efforts are aligned with and contribute to their base-building and leadership development goals 

Policy Development, Analysis, and Advocacy (20%)

  •  Collaboratively develop policy analysis and concepts in support of OJTA’s campaigns and strategic priorities, with OJTA member organizations and staff

Development and Communications (10%)

  • Envisioning and developing project and program concepts for grant proposals, grant reports, and grassroots fundraising efforts
  • Develop strategic communications and messaging to meet campaign and organizational goals

Supervision and Org Development (10%) 

  • Work with staff to set clear goals and objectives and ensure strong work planning
  • Model and create values-driven, collaborative organizational culture
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (knowledge, skills & abilities)

  • Experience working in coalitions and engaging diverse stakeholders. 
  • At least 2 years of policy advocacy or campaign experience 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabilities, and low-income rural communities in Oregon. 
  • Writing, presentation, and listening skills to communicate with a wide range of audiences, including coalition partners, community leaders, media, funders, and elected officials
  • Ability to gather information including policy options, best practices, stakeholder positions, and  grant opportunities.
  • Knowledge of participatory policy development
  • Demonstrated initiative, accountability, collaboration, and transparency.
  • Demonstrated multicultural competency
  • Knowledge of climate justice principles, organizing and policies

Physical Demands

  • While this job is currently remote, it will involve occasional driving long distances to do in-person meetings. A driver’s license and vehicle registration is required. 
  • This job requires using a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motions, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 15 pounds.

LOCATION: This position will require the Advocacy and Systems Director to travel throughout the state to build relationships and represent the organization throughout the state of Oregon. During the legislative session (approximately 5 months every other year), this position will be required to be present in the Capitol in Salem as many as five days a week, and, on average, three days a week.  During at least the next 5 months, the position will be mostly (but not entirely) virtual, so there is some flexibility about location, but within four months, the position will need to be based in Oregon.

COMPENSATION: Salary: $60-70k depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, 401k plan with matching contribution, generous vacation and sick leave, and paid holidays. OJTA is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position will remain open until filled. All candidates who apply by 9:00 am PST on Monday June 13th will be considered for first-round interviews. Any application submitted after that time is not guaranteed to be considered.

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