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Advocacy Manager (Full Time)

The League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

We believe in: 1) respect for individuals, 2) the value of diversity, 3) the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities, and 4) the power of collective decision making for the common good.

We will: 1) act with trust, integrity and professionalism, 2) operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public, 3) take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership, and 4) acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Position Overview

The League of Women Voters of California has a small cross-trained staff that works closely with 60 local affiliates and hundreds of skilled volunteers. Team members routinely pitch in to help each other and to ensure we reach our goals.

Under the supervision of the Senior Director, the Advocacy Manager is responsible for implementing the League’s policy priorities, advocating in the Capitol, and supporting a dynamic community of volunteer policy analysists, grassroots lobbyists, and issue experts. Specifically they will:   

  1. Manage the implementation of the League’s policy strategies and legislative priorities. 
  2. Represent the League with elections officials, coalition partners, and community-based organizations on matters related to League advocacy and education, including matters related to implementation of legislation.
  3. Deepen strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in underrepresented communities.
  4. Lobby state lawmakers and agency officials, testify on legislation, and participate in discussions around the effective implementation of legislation. Complete required lobbyist training and reporting. Staff and support the League’s legislation committee and collaborate with the board of directors’ VP for Advocacy to manage and support the work of our volunteer legislative consultants, program managers, and grassroots lobbying efforts. 
  5. Represent the state League’s priorities and plans to our 60 local Leagues across the state and galvanize engagement at the local level. 
  6. Develop tracking and reporting protocols and maintain the League’s Bill Status Report(s).
  7. Identify, cultivate, and develop member leaders to expand the depth and breadth of the League’s advocacy agenda.
  8. Create training protocols and onboarding processes for member advocates and manage trainings. 
  9. Develop action guides as well as content for the web, online action alerts, and routine communications.
  10. Identify initiative/referendum and legislative measures that are likely to be on the ballot and support them through analysis, committee review, and the board’s consideration. Advocate on priority measures. 

Our ideal candidate embraces the League’s vision and values and believes in the power of grassroots action to create a more representative and perfect democracy. They will exhibit a high degree of integrity and initiative and have mature, professional judgement. In addition to being a team player, well-organized, flexible, and results-driven, our hire will have a sense of humor and an inquiring and curious nature. 
 
Qualifications:

  1. At least 3+ years of experience in political or community organizing, legislative analysis, or initiative campaigns
  2. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  3. A track record of producing accurate and high-quality work on time
  4. Demonstrated ability to be diplomatic and build consensus
  5. Capable of working collaboratively across cultural or ideological differences
  6. Willingness and ability to engage in occasional travel within California
  7. Available to work weekends and evenings as needed
  8. A valid California driver’s license, insurance, and working vehicle
  9. Proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, and Google applications and competent with website and Internet technology

Priority consideration may be given to candidates who have:

  1. Experience working on voting rights issues and/or election reform
  2. Deep and recent experience working in underrepresented communities 
  3. Written and spoken proficiency in a second language including but not limited to Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese
  4. Experience working within a membership organization or with skilled volunteers

Compensation: Salary range is 45K-58K DOE. In addition, the League provides a generous PTO package, contribution towards a workplace health insurance plan, employer contribution to a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, and parking/public transportation benefit.

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume in word or PDF format to jobs [at] lwvc.org or by mailing them to the League office at 921 11th St, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please include Advocacy Manager in the email subject line. Candidates who are invited back for a second interview will be asked to provide three professional references and a writing sample. 

The position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first round of interviews, please apply by January 12, 2018.
The League of Women Voters of California is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

 

Temporary Program Associate (PT or FT)

Position funded through 11/30/2018

The League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

We believe in: 1) respect for individuals, 2) the value of diversity, 3) the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities, and 4) the power of collective decision making for the common good.

We will: 1) act with trust, integrity and professionalism, 2) operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public, 3) take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership, and 4) acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the program associate is responsible for project coordination, outreach, materials development, and high-level administrative support for the 2018 election season. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Outreach to and engagement of local affiliates, community partners, candidates, and elections officials in priority projects including but not limited to Voter’s Choice California, Voter’s Edge California, and ballot measure campaigns.
  2. Assisting with volunteer coordination for and timely completion of tasks related to Voter’s Choice California, Voter’s Edge California, and ballot measure campaigns.
  3. Assisting with on-time production, marketing, and delivery of accurate Easy Voter Guides.
  4. Scheduling and logistical support for meetings, events, and trainings.
  5. Conducting research and summarizing information into easy to read reports.
  6. Creating engaging, accurate, plain-language collateral materials for voter education and outreach.
  7. Creating and coordinating tools for tracking project deliverables—including spreadsheets, timelines, etc.
  8. Working with the communications managers to create content for email and social media accounts. 
  9. Maintaining the League’s Bill Status Report(s).
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Our ideal candidate embraces the League’s vision and values and believes in the power of grassroots action to create a more representative and perfect democracy.   They are well organized with great attention to detail, a team player, and exhibit independent initiative.  They are flexible,  have a sense of humor and appreciate a varied fast-paced workplace.   
 
Qualifications:

  1. 1+ years of experience in community outreach or organizing  
  2. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely when writing or speaking
  3. Capable of working collaboratively across cultural or ideological differences
  4. Proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook and Google applications and competent with website and Internet technology
  5. Available to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
  6. A valid California driver’s license

Priority consideration may be given to candidates who have:

  1. Experience working on voting rights issues and/or election reform
  2. Recent experience working in underrepresented communities
  3. Written and spoken proficiency in a second language including but not limited to Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese 

Compensation: Salary range is $14-$17/hr DOE. In addition, the League provides a generous PTO package, contribution towards a workplace health insurance plan, employer contribution to a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, and parking/public transportation benefit.

To apply: submit a cover letter and resume in word or PDF format to jobs [at] lwvc.org or by mailing them to the League office at 921 11th St, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please include Program Associate in the subject line. Candidates who are invited back for a second interview will be asked to provide three professional references and a writing sample. 

The position will remain open until filled.  To be considered in the first round of interviews, please apply by January 12, 2018.
The League of Women Voters of California is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

 

Voter's Edge California County Coordinator (Volunteer)

Join Voter’s Edge California:
A joint project of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and MapLight.

Voter’s Edge California (VEC) is the next generation of the League’s Smart Voter. It marries the League’s powerful coverage of election contests, candidates, and ballot measures with MapLight's deep expertise in campaign finance, public data, and technology.

Manage a Team in your County

County Coordinators (CoCos) are responsible for the jobs described below.  CoCos may build a team of Local Coordinators (LoCos) and are responsible for managing Locos’ work. You can structure the workload to suit you and your team, and divvy it up in a variety of ways. For example, one person can do the candidate outreach and another work with computers. Or one person can send out the initial letters of invitation, another manage ballot measures, another make the follow-up calls to the candidates, etcetera.

Engage with your County’s Elections Office

Develop a working relationship with staff in your county’s elections office in order to:

  • Request a version of the certified candidate list that includes candidate email addresses, phone numbers and/or postal addresses. This list is often referred to as the media list in contrast to the public list which is posted on the elections officials website; and
  • Negotiate the inclusion of a form letter describing VEC to candidates who file to run for office.  This letter is often included in a standard packet that elections offices provide to everyone who files to run. 

Discover Sources to Keep Voters Informed

  • Add extended ballot measure data to the site that may not automatically upload with the contest data from the elections office;
  • Post information about candidate and elections events sponsored by your League and other community organizations, links to relevant newspaper articles, and other value added elections content; and
  • Provide current “evergreen” information (registrar of voter contact info, links to local news web sites, links to city web sites, etc.).

Collaborate with your Local League(s)

  • Coordinate with local Leagues to draft and approve candidate questions;
  • Encourage your League leaders to publicize the VEC site in your League's territory;
  • Advocate for the placement of Voter’s Edge widgets on the web sites of community organizations;  and
  • Mention VEC at candidate forums, Pros & Cons presentations, and in meetings of community groups.

Support your Local Candidates

  • Send letters of invitation and instructions for using VEC to all candidates for office who will appear on the ballot in your League's territory. You will be provided with training, support from the Operations Team, letter templates, and sets of clear instructions for both you and candidates.
  • Follow up with those candidates via phone and Email to make sure they received the invitation, know how to proceed, and to encourage them to participate in VEC.
  • Check at least once a day after sending out the invitations to see if candidates have submitted information and are waiting for you to review it for approval.
  • Read and determine whether the candidate submissions have met our minimum requirements and have not abused the terms of participation.  These terms will be clearly documented for your ease of reference.
  • Approve candidate submissions or communicate with the candidates to let them know why their material cannot be approved without modifications.

Time Commitment

The amount of time the job takes depends on the particular election, the number of contests and candidates in your League's territory, and the candidates' responsiveness to invitations.  It is hard to quantify, but other volunteers attest that the work is deeply rewarding and they are able to get most of it done in off hours at home!

Want to join us? Let your local League know you’re interested and sstone [at] lwvc.org (contact Sharon Stone).

Legislation Committee Member (Volunteer)

Thank you for your interest in serving on our Legislation Committee!

What Would I Do on the Committee?

The "Leg Committee" has two major roles:

  • deciding where and how to take action on bills in the state legislature
  • recommends action on state ballot measures to the LWVC board

In both cases, there are subject matter experts (Program Directors and Legislative Consultants) who write in-depth analyses of the bills and ballot measures for the committee to review. The Leg Committee considers the analyses — sometimes from multiple program areas — and decides whether to take action (bills), or recommend action (ballot measures).

The Leg Committee is responsible for keeping the overall focus and balance of legislative advocacy in line with current priorities. Action in the League follows strict guidelines (which you should read about in detail if you're not familiar with them: "How the League Takes Action") and adheres to our positions.

Why Should I Serve?

Serving on the committee can be a very rewarding experience personally and professionally.

  • Your volunteer time will have a huge impact on real policy changes in our state! You can read more about the work you’ll be supporting here.
  • You will learn a great deal about our organization, state legislation, policy issues, and the amazing people who work for and volunteer with us. It is an educational experience.
  • Being part of the League is something people will admire and respect. We encourage all our volunteers to take credit for their great work on their resume and in social media. We are active on LinkedIn. For great volunteers, we have provided letters of recommendation and served as references.
  • Serving on a state committee is a good stepping stone for other leadership roles in our organization, such as serving on the state board or a national committee. You’ll get to know us, we’ll get to know you, and we can serve as a reference within the organization, too!
  • You will bring back your skills, experiences, and relationships to benefit your local League. With your feet in both worlds, you will be more aware of state resources and be an advocate for your local League’s needs. Having a local member working with the state is a benefit, not a loss, to the local League!

How Would I Become a Committee Member?

  • Contact us to let us know you are interested. Include your name, contact information, what role you are interested in. We will follow up with you!

You are invited to include a link to your resume and the details of two references, but we can ask you for that later in the process if that is more comfortable for you. We recommend you identify references for volunteer work in the League, but if that isn't possible then professional or other volunteer references (particularly for committee work; particularly for policy analysis and group decision making) are appropriate.

Although the committee may invite observers or advisors (and if you'd like to observe a virtual meeting, that can be arranged), members must be officially voted on by the board. The process from expressing interest, being interviewed, recommendation from the legislation committee to the board, and the board’s vote may take as long as 8 weeks, depending upon when the board next meets.

How Much Time Is Required?

Generally you should expect to spend about 4 hours per month on committee communication, meetings, and projects.

Members do sometimes have to miss meetings; attendance is not mandatory for every meeting, but you must be available, prepared, and participating on a regular basis.

Members of the committee are appointed for a two-year term. Often committee members are invited to continue to serve. There are no limits on the number of terms you can serve.

How Does The Legislation Committee Meet?

The committee meets virtually via email, conference call, and video conferencing. It generally meets monthly during the legislative session and may have additional meetings as needed. Meetings are scheduled to find when everyone is available.

Finance Committee Member (Volunteer)

Thank you for your interest in serving on our finance committee!

Why Should I Serve?

Serving on the finance committee can be a very rewarding experience personally and professionally.

  • Your volunteer time will have a huge impact on the smooth, effective, and smart running of our organization, which in turn helps make democracy work! You can read more about the work you’ll be supporting here.
  • You will learn a great deal about our organization, nonprofit finance, and the amazing people who work for and volunteer with us. It is an educational experience.
  • Being part of the League is something people will admire and respect. We encourage all our volunteers to take credit for their great work on their resume and in social media. We are active on LinkedIn. For great volunteers, we have provided letters of recommendation and served as references.
  • Serving on a state committee is a good stepping stone for other leadership roles in our organization, such as serving on the state board or a national committee. You’ll get to know us, we’ll get to know you, and we can serve as a reference within the organization, too!
  • You will bring back your skills, experiences, and relationships to benefit your local  League. With your feet in both worlds, you will be more aware of state resources and be an advocate for your local League’s needs. Having a local member working with the state is a benefit, not a loss, to the local League!

How Would I Become a Committee Member?

  • Contact us to let us know you are interested. Include your name, contact information, what role you are interested in. We will follow up with you!

You are invited to include a link to your resume and the details of two references, but we can ask you for that later in the process if that is more comfortable for you. We recommend you identify references for volunteer work in the League, but if that isn't possible then professional or other volunteer references (particularly for committee work; particularly for finance) are appropriate.

Although the committee may invite observers or advisors (and if you'd like to observe a virtual meeting, that can be arranged), members must be officially voted on by the board. The process from expressing interest, being interviewed, recommendation from the finance committee to the board, and the board’s vote may take as long as 8 weeks, depending upon when the board next meets.

How Much Time Is Required?

Generally you should expect to spend 2-4 hours per month on finance committee communication, meetings, and projects. If you’d like to spend more time, our projects can expand!

Members do sometimes have to miss meetings; attendance is not mandatory for every meeting, but you must be available, prepared, and participating on a regular basis.

Members of the Committee are appointed for a two-year term. Often committee members are invited to continue to serve. There are no limits on the number of terms you can serve.

How Does The Finance Committee Meet?

The finance committee meets virtually via email, conference call, and video conferencing. It generally meets about 2 weeks before each board meeting (July, September, January, March, May) and may have additional meetings as needed. Meetings are scheduled by sending out a poll with a variety of possible dates and times, to find when everyone is available.

Duties

The role of the finance committee is primarily to provide financial oversight for the organization. Typical task areas include:

  • Learn, ensure compliance with, and potentially revise all finance-related bylaws and finance policies and procedures, such as: investment policy, gift acceptance policy, reserve policy, audit policy, budget policy, and more.
  • Review the financial statements of the organization n a number of situations, for example: before board meetings, before they are given to the internal Audit Committee, before they are externally audited, before they are used to prepare the tax return. They may also review them before they are included in significant grant reports or fundraising materials.
  • Projects, revenue, expenses or financial risk with significant or unbudgeted financial implications are referred to the finance committee for review. Board members, staff and committees may discuss potential recommendations that they are considering.
  • All finance committee meetings have minutes and may, as a committee, formally make motions to the board without a second.
  • Review the budget prior to it being presented to the board. Monitor adherence to the budget.
  • Work with the internal audit committee on internal financial controls, record retention and accountability.
  • Work with the board to develop their financial knowledge and skills.
  • Work with the Membership Training Advisors to answer local League questions, provide resources and training, and develop local League member financial knowledge and skills.