Policy Coordinator

National Network of Abortion Funds
Anywhere in the U.S.
Mission Statement: 

The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

Position Description: 

Organizational Overview: The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: women with lower incomes, women of color, young women, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow and nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework, and co-lead a bold national coalition campaign to increase abortion access by restoring Medicaid coverage for abortion. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team at a time when we are explicitly focused on scaling our network and building the infrastructure of abortion funds to be fully staffed organizations with robust abortion funding budgets. NNAF is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender expansive staff of 35, located across the United States. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, 75 oface-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more. 

  • Position Description: The Policy Department at the National Network of Abortion Funds builds the capacity of member abortion funds to influence local, state, and federal policy at the intersection of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. The Policy Coordinator tracks relevant state and federal legislation, litigation impacting abortion access and other related policy developments. As such, they are responsible for keeping a finger on the pulse of federal, state, and local policies impacting abortion access, in order to support the policy team’s innovative and responsive strategies. The Policy Coordinator is also responsible for logistics and administrative support for policy programs.

 

  • Supervised by: State Policy Manager
  • Supervises: N/A
  • Status: Full-time, non-exempt, salaried,
  • Compensation:  Starting salary $50,000-55,000, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: Competitive benefits package currently including 100% employer paid health insurance/50% for dependents/families, a 5% employer retirement match, 3 weeks vacation, 14 holidays, generous sick time, and a commitment to professional development.
  • Location: Flexible, remote
  • Essential Job Functions:

Policy Analysis & Capacity-Building (approximately 35% of the position)

  • Maintain up-to-date analysis of federal, state, and local policies that impact abortion access.
  • Conduct various policy research, analysis, and writing, including assistance with tracking and organizing legislation with online software and other platforms.
  • Provide technical assistance to build the capacity of member abortion funds to powerfully engage in local, state and regional policy campaigns, and to develop and implement their policy strategies. Technical assistance may include such activities like researching a recently introduced bill, supporting the drafting of testimony or a position letter about that bill and facilitating expert legal and communications input.

Policy Communications (approximately 20% of the position)

  • Contribute to writing policy reports and creating other policy communications related to NNAF’s political and cultural agenda.
  • Contribute to writing compelling and accurate public statements and press statements, in collaboration with staff in the Communications Department.
  • Provide research support for amicus briefs and various advocacy community policy position letters to ensure content alignment with NNAF values and political and cultural agenda.
  • Represent NNAF at some conferences, workshops, and coalition tables.

Administration (approximately 30% of the position)

  • Manage logistics for trainings and events required to meet fund policy goals.
  • Serve as primary logistics coordinator for year 2 of NNAF’s policy training program consisting of a two day in person training and provide programmatic support.
  • Engage in calls, meetings and attend events to build relationships with funds.

Other (approximately 15% of the position)

  • Actively participate in required convenings, summits, retreats, and staff meetings, and participate in required virtual staff communications.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
  • Update professional knowledge by participating in educational opportunities approved by NNAF, maintaining networks, and participating in professional organizations as relevant to your role.
  • Perform duties required of all staff to support smooth internal operations such as submitting timely expense reports, reimbursement requests, and timesheets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 Travel Expectations: Ability to travel as job requires, approximately eight to ten times minimum per year. Travel will primarily be overnight, for approximately 2 - 6 days, and national. Occasional international travel may be required. Regardless of where employee lives, and barring travel delays outside of an individual’s control, employee must be able to arrive at destination on-time.  

Area: 
Legal
Qualifications: 

Job experience requirements

  • Two to three years of relevant experience in legislative affairs, government relations, or policy advocacy at a state and/or federal level.

Specific skill sets

  • Fluency in and appreciation for grassroots organizing in connection with policy advocacy.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and within a team, with strong collaboration skills. Must have an appreciation for local organizing and the ability to work in collaboration with local groups to further their self-identified policy goals.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Able to prioritize multiple dynamic policy objectives across a range of contexts.
  • Ability to discern priorities during rapid response moments and coordinate the involvement of team members as appropriate to ensure constructive collaboration.
  • Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail. Strong time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities and stick to deadlines.
  • Proven track record as an effective communicator with excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to translate legislative language and other policy-related information to reach a wide range of audiences.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative.
  • Experience writing for media preferred.
  • Confidence with planning, problem solving, and responding to changes related to work and events.

Qualities

  • Committed to abortion access and full reproductive health care for all.
  • Committed to an intersectional framework that includes but is not limited to gender, economic, and racial justice.
  • Ability to enjoy collaboration and be a part of a dynamic, highly productive and integrated team; maintain flexibility and effectively manage ambiguity in a responsive work environment.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, creative, and able to work without significant day-to-day supervision.
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback and committed to practicing this regularly.
  • Belief in bucking the trend through progressive policies to create a new vision for our future.
  • Appreciation of working with diverse staff and board in an organization committed to racial justice.

 Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Depending on location, a combination of in-office and virtual office at this time. Must be able to participate in online virtual communications including email, video conferencing, and other online tools used to facilitate virtual office culture and work sharing.
  • This position is full time, with employee’s regular full time schedule to be approved by supervisor. Regular hours must include attendance during core business hours from 12:00pm – 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Occasional work on evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to conduct business in English; however, fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
  • Smoke- and drug (illegal or recreational)-free environment.
  • Some work at off-site locations may be required; NNAF aims for accessibility in any off-site location that we have control of, but some of them may not be fully accessible.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone, and in person.
  • This role requires frequent sitting.

  

Salary: 
$50,000 - $55,000
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Application Instructions: 
  • Click the following link and upload your resume, writing sample and cover letter. If you have any questions or trouble with the application process, send a message to jobs [at] abortionfunds.org.

NNAF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual based on any non-merit factor, and is committed to an equitable workplace where everyone is treated as a respected and valued member of the team. In fact, NNAF actively seeks to build and maintain a diverse staff with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. As an organization working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement, NNAF is committed to fostering the leadership and elevating the voices of women, young people, people of color, Native people, immigrant and refugees, low-income people, LGBQ+, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people, people who have had abortions, people with disabilities, young parents, people who were formerly imprisoned, people who have received funding for abortions, and people living in the many intersections of these experiences. We encourage people from these communities to apply.  

State: 
Anywhere in the U.S.
Country/US Territory: 
United States