Background: Founded in 2001 to promote and protect marriage equality in Massachusetts, MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. MassEquality works with broad based coalitions to promote social justice and equality for all Massachusetts residents.
Position Summary: MassEquality seeks a Political Manager to deliver legislative, electoral and policy victories to ensure Massachusetts’ continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBTQ community. Along with the Executive Director, the Political Manager will work on MassEquality’s legislative agenda serving as a lobbyist, and will direct MassEquality’s electoral work.
Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits package.
Organizing and Coalition Building
- Execute campaigns designed to support legislative and policy initiatives (and support partner organizations in doing the same);
- Serve as a lobbyist on MassEquality’s priority legislation-develop relationships with key legislators and staff as well as executive agency officials;
- Organize lobby days with coalition partners and volunteers; produce campaign materials, write testimony, speak at hearings, organize press conferences;
- Direct electoral work to screen candidates, suggest endorsements and assist campaigns for endorsed candidates along with PAC board;
- Recruit and organize volunteers for participation in legislative and electoral work;
- Educate a range of audiences about legislative, electoral, and educational organizing at conferences, workshops, trainings and other public events;
- Serve on legislative commissions such as the LGBTQ Youth Commission, the LGBT Aging Commission, Homeless Youth Coalition, and others as directed by E.D.;
- Develop and participate collaboratively and actively with LGBTQ and allied organizations to advance justice and equality for all LGBTQ people;
- Respond to requests for information, resources, and technical assistance from local activists and coalition partners as appropriate.
- Develop tools and metrics to assess the success of campaign efforts;
- Compile regular reports for the Boards of Directors;
- Represent MassEquality and its mission publicly;
- Oversee intern and volunteer recruitment, development and management;
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
All candidates must have an enthusiastic attitude; be highly organized; be able to quickly analyze and respond to complex issues; and have a deep commitment to justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across issues, identities and communities. Prefer someone who is mature, focused, productive, compassionate, has a sense of humor and possesses strong interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people and handle challenging situations.
- Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred, master’s degree preferred. Significant related experience may be substituted for education;
- Minimum of 3+ years professional experience in legislative advocacy, lobbying and electoral work;
- Knowledge of MA State House and MA political landscape preferred;
- Experience in multifaceted advocacy that combines legislative strategy, materials development, grassroots organizing, media relations, policy analysis and coalition-building activities;
- Demonstrated ability to forge and maintain productive and healthy collaborations;
- Excellent research and writing skills as well as excellent public speaking skills;
- Proficient in using social media for political organizing;
- Able to handle and appropriately prioritize multiple tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
- Experience recruiting, training, and supervising interns and volunteers;
- Willingness to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends; some statewide travel required;
- Demonstrated interest or experience with LGBTQ issues;
- Access to transportation;
- Knowledge of interplay, distinctions and legal requirements of 501c(3), 501c(4) and Political Action Committees helpful.
To Apply: Please forward via email a letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample (1-2 pages, 1.5 spaced) to the Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications due March 1, 2018. Please include “Political Manager Application” in the Subject line of your email.
MassEquality.org is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ people and women are encouraged to apply.