Job Description: Advocacy Manager


Company: Alliance for Girls
Location: Oakland (Alameda County)
Job Category Management
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary $65,000-70,000 - Salary

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Advocacy Manager

Advocacy Manager Opportunity

Alliance for Girls (AFG) is seeking an experienced  Advocacy Manager to serve as an integral team member by leading AFG advocacy programming and activities. Our ideal candidate is a powerful advocate, strong collaborator, relationship builder with diverse stakeholders, an excellent writer, detail-oriented, and someone who brings a community-centered lens to systems change work.

About Alliance for Girls

As the nation’s largest association of girls’ organizations, our 180 organizations and 250 schools serve 300,000 girls and gender expansive youth annually, 83% of whom are girls of color.

We believe that those closest to the struggle are closest to the solution. We strive to model a culture of self and communal care, grounded in values of equity and justice, through internal operations and external impact.

AFG’s unique combination of girl-driven research and coordinated advocacy initiatives are driven by the power of our membership and enable us to affect change that improves the lives of girls. AFG’s advocacy is a service that we provide to our members who need support to advocate for their organizations and the girls they serve. Our advocacy facilitates and convenes the girl-serving sector on shared policy advocacy.

*"Girls" refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth, and any girl-identified youth).  

Position Overview

The Advocacy Manager will lead the advocacy program, which is a core membership service at AFG, with the goal of facilitating and supporting collective advocacy to enhance safety for girls as they define it, at the local and state level. The Advocacy Manager will play a crucial role in contributing to AFG’s next strategic plan process beginning in the first quarter of 2023. The Advocacy Manager will be responsible for co-designing and managing the implementation of the advocacy strategy that comes out of this strategic planning process. Alliance for Girls’ advocacy program centers on girls’ experiences and leadership and amplifies the expertise of our membership to advance policies that impact girls’ lives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Advocacy (80%)

  • Strengthen, grow, and implement AFG’s advocacy program
    • Oversee up to two (2) policy advocacy initiatives led by Alliance for Girls at the local, county, or state level; support up to three (3) policy and budget advocacy led by member organizations, where needed
    • Utilize a holistic approach to systems change that includes: coalition building, youth leadership, cultural/narrative strategy, and policy change.
    • Represent AFG in earned media, events, and coalition spaces through communications support and public speaking engagements.
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with AFG members, government officials/offices, school partners, and coalitions as it relates to advancing AFG advocacy strategies and representing AFG and its members in these spaces.
    • Lead monthly convenings of AFG’s advocacy committee and board.
  • Membership Engagement: Coordinate member participation in policy advocacy. This includes:
    • Mobilizing members for advocacy calls to action by supporting people to give public comments, submit support letters, and meet with elected officials.
    • Coordinate with the membership services and lead staff to align activities and events.
    • Play a key role in the recruitment and retention of AFG members.
  • Policy Writing and Research: Research and track state and local policy campaigns and advocacy on girls and gender expansive youths’ needs and identify opportunities for strategic partnership, alignment with AFG, and opportunities to elevate girl-centered recommendations.
    • Author or co-author policy memos, resolutions, and briefs, as needed.
    • Research bills relevant to the advocacy program and recommend bills for support.

Program Administration (20%)

  • Hire and supervise advocacy fellow(s). Oversee a part-time advocacy fellow. Please note that this position may include managing additional staff as the AFG team grows.
  • Write quarterly reports on the advocacy program for inclusion in the AFG Board report and share advocacy updates in the AFG all staff weekly meetings.
  • Track budget expenditures and manage the budget development for AFG advocacy programming.  Complete invoices and forms for advocacy activities in accordance with program budgets.
  • Provide relevant research, data, and documents as needed for donor applications/grant reports.
  • Participate in organizational development.
  • Support the tracking and evaluation of AFG’s advocacy program.                                  

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrable commitment to gender and racial justice and youth empowerment
  • A minimum of two years of organizing, advocacy, or public policy experience
    • Experience in 2 or more of the following areas: campaign strategy, organizing, coalition building, cultural change/narrative strategy, and policy development/implementation
    • No formal degree is required. We value your lived experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a collaborative/coalition and team setting
  • Track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders and community leaders
  • Strong public speaking, writing, and communication skills
  • Advanced skills in facilitation of small and large group meetings
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback
  • Experience within a membership organization is preferred
  • Understanding of G-Suite, Computers, SurveyMonkey, and social media platforms is a plus
  • Experience organizing public actions/events for advocacy is a plus
  • Management experience or certificate/training is a plus

The Advocacy Manager reports to the Director of Membership Services. Anticipated start-time: July 5, 2022

Remote work: Temporarily due to COVID 19

Alliance for Girls is committed to an equitable recruiting and hiring process. We aim to attract a diverse group of candidates by posting job openings on a variety of platforms, and by sharing them through our member and partner networks. We will also ensure positions remain open until we have qualified finalists who reflect the communities we serve. The hiring process will be inclusive as we engage a range of team members to conduct interviews. We value the lived experience on par with professional employment. 

We will make an offer after the initial application and two to three interviews. Applicants that move forward to the final round may be asked to do a small assignment that would be stipended for your labor. We want to respect applicants’ time and be transparent with our process.

Benefits and Salary: AFG is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience, ranging from $65,000 - $70,000.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% coverage of premiums
  • 34 days of paid vacation and sick days: 10 days vacation, 10 sick/wellness days, national holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day
  • 4.5 day work week with half-day Fridays (we typically close by noon)
  • Flexible schedule (some staff work from 7 am - 3 pm) and hybrid work model
  • $50 wellness stipend per month
  • $50 cellphone and technology use stipend per month
  • $500 for professional development per year

How to Apply: Submit the following items to haleema@alliance4girls.org by June 6, 2022.

  • 1-page cover letter speaking to your leadership style and your commitment to gender equity with examples of how you have enacted change
  • a resume or CV, no longer than 2 pages, and
  • 3 references

Let us know if you need accommodations for the application and/or interview process.