State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.
State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).
It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
State Voices seeks an energetic and talented policy advocate with a record of success providing support and leadership to issue campaigns to serve as the Deputy Director of Policy (“Deputy Director”). The Deputy Director will report to the Director of Policy (“Director”). The Deputy Director will work closely with the Director, the Senior Policy Manager and state tables to build program plans and offer technical assistance, including research and analysis. In this role, the Deputy will focus primarily on Civic Access and Representation work including voting rights, voter protection, redistricting, and other issue areas as needed. The Deputy will have the opportunity to work on pressing issues impacting historically underrepresented and marginalized populations including Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color, TLGBQ+ people, low-income individuals and young people throughout the country.
- Develop, plan, and support affirmative and defensive policy strategies and campaigns in coordination with affiliated state-based tables and State Voices’ national staff. Policy agenda will include Civic Access and Representation (e.g., voting rights, voter protection, census and redistricting) in addition to other policy areas related to democracy and social justice.
- Serve as the primary national staff contact for policy support and related programs in at least 12 states; regularly communicate with table directors and program staff to inform the development, execution, and evaluation of tables’ policy and advocacy plans.
- Collaborate with the policy team and senior staff to develop departmental and individual plans, goals, budgets, metrics and project management systems.
- Supervise and provide direct policy support including legal and legislative strategic advice and creating or compiling resources including reports, memos, talking points and other materials to advance policy objectives.
- Conduct legal, academic, and other research on statutes, constitutional provisions, administrative rules, and state or local practices, as well as proposed legislation and rules to support states advocacy and implementation work.
- Draft and review legislation and administrative rules.
Create and compile voter education materials, including “know your rights” for voters on new laws, frequently asked questions, etc.
- Facilitate methods of collaboration between tables, including virtual workgroups and in-person meetings, to ensure sharing of best practices and knowledge.
- Help compile and provide regular policy updates to state table directors and staff to ensure states are aware of news, resources, best practices, and urgent updates in policy areas of focus.
- Collaborate with other departments such as development, communications, and data on shared proposals and programming; help draft proposals and budget narratives related to policy work; help prepare presentations, slides, and communications talking points.
- Develop and maintain working relationships with key stakeholders at the national level including participation in national coalitions, meetings, conferences and events; help serve as a liaison between national organizations and state tables; join, present on and facilitate meetings and calls with state staff, state partners, and national partners.
- Participate in the national Election Protection coalition, including: co-leading workgroups; helping states plan and execute voter protection programs; creating materials and trainings on assisting voters, responding to problems, and engaging election officials.
- Help plan, support, and facilitate state, regional and national meetings and conferences on democracy and policy issues.
- Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- J.D. or M.P.P plus at least 3 years relevant experience –or– a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in policy related work.
- Experience organizing in state or national non-partisan issue advocacy or electoral campaigns.
- Experience with coalition building or civic engagement programmatic work.
- Strong research and writing skills as well as interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
- Demonstrated success fostering internal and external collaboration and strong relationships.
- Proven ability to develop effective strategy and support for policies and programs.
- Prior knowledge and experience working on democracy issues such as voting rights or redistricting strongly preferred.
- A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice is required.
- Knowledge of state-level policy procedures or voter protection programs is a plus.
- Experience with strategic planning and evaluation preferred.
- Must be self-organized, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, and willing to travel occasionally.
- Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Deputy Director of Policy”
- No calls please.
Term of Employment: Full time, permanent
*Location: Strong preference for candidates located in or able to relocate to Washington, DC. Alternative arrangements may be considered for exceptional candidates.
Compensation: $70,000-90,000 commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits
Reports To: Director of Policy
State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.