Organization Overview

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 23 state tables composed of over 900 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 registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

Additionally, through our Tools for All program, we provide over 135 participating organizations in 28 states and the District of Columbia with access to data and technology to help them engage more effectively with their communities and with one another.
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

State Voices seeks a policy professional with a record of success providing support for democracy or other issue campaigns to serve as a Senior Policy Manager. The Senior Policy Manager will work with other policy department staff, national staff and state tables to assist with program planning and offer technical assistance, with a focus on research and analysis. In this role, the Senior Policy Manager will focus primarily on Civic Access and Representation work including voting rights, voter protection, redistricting, and other issue areas as needed. The Senior Policy Attorney 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.

Primary Functions

  •  Serve as the policy department’s lead point of contact for state staff in assigned states and represent State Voices on calls with state staff, state partners, and national partners and coalitions
  • Track legislation in assigned states
  • Conduct research on existing and proposed statutes, legislation, constitutional provisions, administrative rules, legal cases, and policies and practices to support states affirmative and defensive advocacy
  • Conduct research on state and local election, redistricting, and other issue-specific areas to support reform and implementation advocacy and state program planning
  • Create materials and trainings on assisting voters and responding to problems for voter protection programs
  • Create and compile voter education materials, including “know your rights” for voters on new laws, frequently asked questions, etc.
  • Draft advocacy toolkits and materials like fact sheets, talking points, testimony, and correspondence for officials as well as general network-wide guidance documents on policy and program execution
  • Develop and lead internal and external working groups and meetings, and conference sessions
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) or MPP degree strongly preferred but not required:
    • Minimum 1 to 2 years of experience with JD or other relevant advanced degree;
      4+ years relevant experience in lieu of JD.
  • Strong research and writing skills, including but not limited to legal research.
  • Experience with direct advocacy or supporting advocacy efforts to advance progressive policies.
  • 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, social justice, and public interest law.
  • Familiarity with the National Voter Registration Act, Help America Vote Act, and Voting Rights Act is preferred, but not required.
  • 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.

To Apply:

  •  Please Include “Senior Policy Manager” in the subject line and email your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to those who apply by July 9, 2021.
  • Please, no phone calls.
  • Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: The salary range for the Senior Policy Manager position is $75,000 to $90,000, commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.

Location: Washington DC based candidates, preferred; however, remote candidates will be considered. If remote, must have the ability to travel to Washington, DC occasionally.

Term of Employment: Full-Time

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.