State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.
State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 24 state tables and organizations in every state, comprising over 1,200 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter education, registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and all communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, women, low-income, and all oppressed people. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
State Voices seeks a professional with a background of providing support for democracy or other issue campaigns or related civic engagement programs to serve as a Policy Manager. The Policy Manager will play a key role in ensuring the department supports our 24 state tables on voting rights advocacy, Election Protection and other democracy program work. The ideal candidate will be experienced in issue/policy advocacy, familiar with civic engagement work and organizing, and will be a supportive team-player in this growing department. The Policy Manager will have the opportunity to work on pressing issues impacting historically underrepresented and marginalized populations including Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color, TLGBQ+ people, low-income individuals and young people throughout the country.
- Assist the policy team in tracking state legislative efforts and trends, including summarizing, categorizing and analyzing democracy-related legislation
- Serve as the lead for election disinformation work, including:
- Participate in coalition meetings and share relevant information with the policy team to inform program planning
- Review national partner materials, curating and summarizing relevant materials for our network
- Assist state tables in developing plans for monitoring and responding to disinformation on social media and in the field
- Create toolkits and guidance documents
- Lead internal workgroups
- Meet and coordinate with State Voices communications team to amplify talking points, messaging, and the creation of social media content
- Help collect and track state work including issue areas, needs, and program budget gaps
- Create and compile policy update content for our Weekly Digest newsletter to the State Voices Network
- Attend internal trainings and workgroup meetings as well as meetings with network table staff and national departments as needed
- Some of the role will include administrative tasks such as processing invoices and setting up meetings
- Create and edit voter or volunteer materials for Election Protection and other programs
- Assist with policy research to support states’ advocacy
- This is not a comprehensive list, other duties may be assigned
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- 3-5 years of related experience.
- Experience with direct advocacy or supporting advocacy efforts to advance progressive policies strongly preferred.
- Strong research and writing skills
- Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice
- Familiarity with voting rights, voter protection, election disinformation and/or other democracy issues including census and redistricting
- Experience organizing in state/national non-partisan, issue-based, or political, candidate campaigns, coalition building or civic engagement work is preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge of state-level policy is a plus.
- Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample using our application portal.
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
- No calls please.
Term of Employment: Full-time
Location: Washington DC based candidates, preferred; however, remote candidates will be considered. If remote, must have the ability to travel to Washington, DC occasionally.
Reports To: Director of Policy
State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.