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Public Affairs Associate
College and Community Fellowship
General Description: The person in this position works under the supervision of the Director of Development and Public Affairs. The Public Affairs Associate coordinates CCF's public policy work, working closely with CCF's Community Organizer. The focus of CCF's policy work is to remove barriers to and enhance the quantity and quality of higher education programs for men and women during and post-incarceration. CCF has worked closely with others to organize the Education from the Inside/Out Coalition - a coalition of dedicated organizations and individuals who are working on this issue. The Public Affairs Associate will work closely with coalition members and supporters to educate policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as advocate for the expansion of eligibility for public funding for students in prison and post-release, and advocate for fair application processes for seeking entry to public and private institutions of higher learning post prison.
Detailed Job Description:
Monitor and track State legislative and policy activity through media, Internet research and Coalition efforts
Help to develop and carry out advocacy strategies
In conjunction with the Community Organizer collect and disseminate information relevant to the organizations policy agenda including relevant research, conference notices, or other important updates
Identify promising practices and approaches to increasing access to higher education for people with criminal justice involvement; responding to requests for assistance from the Coalition
Assist with the development and updating of the policy section of CCF website
Assist with the regular updating of the EIO Coalition website
Work closely with policy staff of CCF's sister agencies, and also work directly with local advocates to help them with their efforts to promote access to post- secondary education
Coordinate and schedule meetings, conference calls and travel arrangements for groups and staff working on CCF public policy initiatives
Create written materials that will often include briefings that analyze current law, model policies and practices, and research that supports CCF's policy objectives
Identify and connect to other potential allies including educators, public officials, groups with overlapping target populations, and other national, statewide and local groups that could help promote the organizations policy agenda
Work closely with CCF's Community Organizer and other coalition members to build grassroots, grasstops, and policymaker support for CCF's public policy initiatives
Identify potential opposition and determine ways to find common ground
Work with senior staff to develop and implement a communications strategy for the policy initiatives, including radio, print media, television and Internet broadcast
Assist in the development of the Annual Report, brochures, grants and other printed materials by providing written updates and reports on the organization's policy efforts.
General Responsibilities include:
•In conjunction with the Director of Development and Public Affairs and the Community Organizer develop an ongoing policy agenda for the organization
•Produce briefing sheets and reports
•Coordinate weekly calls with the EIO Coalition’s leadership
•Organize and manage policy related campaigns, meetings and activities
•Prepare policy summaries and commentary for website
•Draft media advisories and press releases for EIO Coalition public events
•Draft Op-Eds and letters to the editor on behalf of Coalition leaders
•Assist with research and write preliminary drafts of major speeches/presentations to be given by coalition leaders in public spaces
•Keep abreast of policy and program developments in the field
•Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience required. Master’s or 2nd year grad student preferred.
•Working knowledge of the legislative process, both at the state and federal levels
•Working knowledge of the criminal justice system
•Demonstrated commitment to reform and racial justice.
•An understanding of public policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing
•Strong inter-personal skills, able to handle multiple tasks, ability to work collaboratively
•Flexible, self-directed and highly-organized
•Strong writing and editing abilities
•Able to work simultaneously on a number of projects
•Above average working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher). Knowledge of InDesign, Quark Publishing, Photoshop (photo re-working & formatting), Dreamweaver (website), and Adobe a plus
•Basic office skills (typing, data entry, Internet research, scheduling, filing, telephone, fax, mail)
•Experience in website design, marketing, communications, and planning/executing successful events a significant plus
•Strong quantitative skills and ability to analyze government and academic data and reports
•Ability to communicate research findings and policy implications to a broad audience
•Understanding of non-profits work environments
How TO APPLY:
Send your resume, cover letter and writing samples to Stephanie Haas, firstname.lastname@example.org
The services, programs and projects of CCF exist to eliminate individual and structural barriers to higher education, economic security, long term stability, and civic participation for women who have criminal convictions (including those currently and formerly incarcerated) and their families. CCF guides women seeking to reclaim their lives through the stages of higher education while promoting their leadership, self-advocacy, artistic expression, and long term success.