Advocacy Manager

Posted 1 month ago

Feeding New York State (FNYS) leads a unified effort for a hunger-free New York State. We work to end hunger by supporting the ten food banks of New York State: managing statewide grants; sourcing food for our food banks; fostering relationships with government at all levels; partnering with other anti-hunger organizations to ensure every community in New York state has access to good, healthy food; educating the public on hunger issues; and researching and sharing best practices among food banks.Feeding NYS coordinates a statewide advocacy effort, teaming with advocacy staff at our ten food bank members to create a unified voice. Advocacy efforts are designed to influence public policy at the State and Federal levels. We engage on issues related to the root causes of hunger as well as on funding for anti-hunger programs. We partner with colleague organizations in the anti-hunger space to strengthen our impact. We create opportunities for those with lived experience to heard in the public arena. We work towards the creation of a movement to end food insecurity.

The Advocacy Manager is the lead staff responsible for staffing the statewide advocacy team, developing and executing the Feeding NYS advocacy agenda and organizing the elements of a movement to end food insecurity. The Advocacy Manager works in a team environment comprised of representatives from ten Feeding NYS food banks (the Advocacy Committee); s/he also works in a small team environment in our Albany office. The Advocacy Manager works in partnership with the Advocacy Committee to research and develop policy agendas and strategies for success with those agendas; organizes a statewide anti-hunger movement; coordinates and manages the field advocacy work of Feeding New York State.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Advocacy Manager Job Responsibilities:
• In collaboration with Feeding NYS Advocacy Committee members, develop and implement joint strategic advocacy efforts
• Analyze public policies and write position/analysis documents
• Identify key influence opportunities and align advocacy efforts to those opportunities.
• Provide talking points, advice and related informational materials to the Executive Director
• Build our advocacy capacity via networking, coalition-building/strategic partnerships and mass engagement
• Develop and execute targeted outreach to potential partners; network within the advocacy community; act as spokesperson for Feeding NYS within the community
• Execute the advocacy plan by completing virtual and in-person presentations and contacts with potential partners
• Manage and evaluate the advocacy plan, program development, implementation, evaluation and data management
• Maintain up to date knowledge on federal and state legislation
• Contribute to team effort at all times
• Develop advocacy-related marketing and outreach materials
• Manage own administrative tasks, scheduling and correspondence
• Compile statistical and descriptive information for contract and other reporting requirements
• Represent Feeding NYS in a positive, professional manner at all times
• Maintain confidentiality of all client, staff, volunteer and agency information
• Demonstrate absolute integrity at all times

Work Hours & Benefits
• Full time-40 hours/week Monday-Friday. Occasional evening/weekend hours as needed.
• Extensive statewide travel for in-person presentations. Virtual presentations as needed.
• Hybrid work-from-home/work-in-office will be permitted
• FNYS Laptop provided
• Health benefits
• Paid major holidays during funded period
• Vacation time

Education and Experience Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Politics, Government, Communications, Public Policy, Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field required.
• Minimum two years’ experience in advocacy, policy development, campaign management, or community outreach
• Track record in policy analysis, writing issue papers, social media content, reports and press releases
• Knowledge of NY State and Federal government
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to craft persuasive policy arguments and key messages
• Excellent public speaking skills
• Initiative, Integrity and Judgment
• Knowledge of appropriate software including: Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint
• Attention to detail
• Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and current documented automobile insurance
• Ability to work in a peer-oriented team

This description reflects the principal functions of the job for the purpose of job evaluation. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements of the job nor shall be construed as giving exclusive responsibility for every function described.

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