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Requisition Number: MAM901
Job Title: Coordinator, Public Policy Advocacy
Area of Interest: Advocacy / Public Policy
City: Waltham
State: Massachusetts
Position Type: Part Time - Regular
Job Description:

The Advocacy Coordinator works under the direction of the chapter's Director of Public Policy Advocacy, and in collaboration with staff with advocacy responsibilities in all states within the Greater New England chapter. This person is responsible for coordinating key advocacy activities and engaging volunteers to further the advancement of public policy advocacy for people with MS and their families.

Esssential Function/Responsibility:

Client Services  (40% of time)

  • Be knowledgeable about MS, the needs of the MS population, and changes in public policy that may have an impact on people with MS and their families
  • Assist in research on issues identified as priorities, pending legislation and regulations impacting the quality of life for those impacted by MS and their families
  • Gather stories from chapter constituents that identify gaps in services and benefits in order to promote legislation or regulatory changes.
  • Integrate chapter constituents in chapter advocacy activities

Community Services  (15% of time)

  • Coordinate visits between staff and volunteers with key federal and state legislators or other policy officials for the annual MS Public Policy Conference, and in-district visits. Enter visit information into state and national databases.
  • Establish and engage community relationships and partnerships that will better leverage chapter advocacy priorities and resources
  • Assist with the identification and recruitment of new members for the grass-roots Action Alert Network, grass-tops volunteers, potential Government Relations Committee volunteers, and health professionals to engage in specific advocacy activities
  • Coordinate email campaigns to registered activists in Massachusetts as needed

Public Education (20% of time)

  • Assist with implementation of MS Action Day at the State House in Massachusetts
  • Coordinate effective and timely social media strategies to advance public policy priorities.
  • Update chapter advocacy web content and " take action" updates monthly
  • Attend priority meetings, conferences, coalition meetings as assigned
  • Serve as spokesperson for the National MS Society and our mission

Professional Education (5% of time)

  • Working with program staff, assist with the engagement of health care professionals in the support of public policy issues related to access to care.

Volunteer Engagement  (20% of time)

  • Attend monthly GRC meetings in Massachusetts, and provide committee support including communicating regularly with committee chairs, chapter lobbyists, and volunteers, preparing and distributing meeting minutes, meeting documents, maintain committee lists, etc.
  • Work in conjunction with other chapter staff to identify and track "Grass-tops", highly connected volunteers with relationships to federal and state officials
  • Work with chapter staff who have advocacy responsibilities in all Greater New England states to identify new volunteers to assume the role of "District Activist" leaders

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's Degree; Preferably in political science, sociology, public health, social work, or human services.  Three years of related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Minimum Experience/Skills/Competencies:

Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to handle multiple-tasks and possess flexibility to shift priority to other activities as needed. Attention to detail and good record keeping a must. Ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders including external agencies, state and elected officials and their staff ,members of the general public, and Society staff throughout the chapter. Familiarity with the political process  on both the federal and state levels.

Technical/Other Skills:

Microsoft Office& outlook, Word, Excel. Experience in data management techniques requiring data entry utilizing an enterprise database. Ability to navigate state and federal websites to identify legislators and monitor legislative activity.

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