Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide nonprofit law firm, is seeking a Policy Coordinator to join our team. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low income individuals and families in New York State.
Empire Justice Center attracts and employs dedicated, determined and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant impact on the lives of low income New Yorkers. We achieve our successes through direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.
Our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development.
Policy Coordinator Position
The Policy Coordinator is a critical member of the Policy Team, which is focused on improving and enforcing the law to reduce poverty and promote social justice. The Policy Coordinator should be passionate about Empire Justice Center’s mission, work well as a member of a team, be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the policy process. They must have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast paced environment and have excellent communications skills.
The Policy Coordinator is responsible for working with the Policy Team to support the development of the organization’s annual policy agenda, in consultation with Empire Justice Center attorneys and advocates. The Coordinator is also responsible for working with the Team to implement the agenda through: participation in and coordination of organizational, coalition, and government meetings; the creation of materials, action alerts, social and other communication and media strategies. Materials may include, but are not limited to: researching and writing policy reports, testimony, legislative memoranda, regulatory comments, letters to the editor, op-eds, blog posts and social media posts.
The Policy Coordinator will work as part of the Policy Team to coordinate and track all policy related work of the organization at all levels of government, ensuring consistent positions and branding on issues, internal information sharing, reporting and strategizing, and helping shape and consistently improve internal systems.
The Coordinator will also work to advance the organization’s policy positions in the broader community by educating organizations, policy makers and other stakeholders about Empire Justice Center’s overall mission as an organization. This may include representing Empire Justice Center in coalition meetings, public presentations and media opportunities as the need arises.
The Coordinator will become a participating member of the Marketing and Communications Team and help maintain the organization’s vast online policy presence, including any social media programs, by identifying and creating content, updating posted materials, using analytics across multiple digital platforms to track and grow efficacy.
This position is based in Albany and reports to the Vice President for Policy and Government Relations, who is also based in our Albany office.
Education: at least 3 years of New York State policy experience, BA and/or Masters in relevant field.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Mastery of Microsoft Office 2010, especially Outlook, and familiarity with Adobe.
Familiarity with current and emerging social media and other digital platforms.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization's salary scale.
Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, pension and life insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance.
Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted until close of business Friday, December11, 2015.
If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample (legislative memo, letter, or fact sheet not to exceed 3 pages) and three professional references to: (no phone calls or hard copies please)
Human Resources Manager
Empire Justice Center