MAKE JUSTICE HAPPEN

Job opening: State Policy Associate

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community.

Position Description

The State Policy Associate collaborates with the State Policy Director to oversee state and local policy strategies and efforts across the organization’s program areas (Child Welfare, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Immigrants & Communities). Along with the State Policy Director, this person serves as one of Nebraska Appleseed’s lobbyists at the state level. Broad areas of work include building and maintaining relationships with Nebraska state policymakers and their staff, collaborating with Nebraska Appleseed’s program staff to create and carry out policy goals at the state level, and assisting with communications related to policy work. This position reports to the State Policy Director and is a member of the Policy Team.

Position Responsibilities
  • Assist with forming and guiding state and local policy strategies for Nebraska Appleseed
  • Work with each program team and the State Policy Director to develop Nebraska Appleseed’s state and local policy agenda
  • Work with the State Policy Director and program teams to review messaging and communications strategy on state policy efforts
  • Serve as one of Nebraska Appleseed’s lobbyists on state policy
  • Manage and maintain relationships with Nebraska state policymakers and their staff
  • Manage and maintain relationships with other state-level lobbyists and lobbying entities
  • Work with the State Policy Director on flow of communication between state-level policymakers and their staff and Nebraska Appleseed staff
  • Monitor and update staff on the progress of bills at the state and local level, and work with the State Policy Director and program staff on changes in strategies, including those for legal, organizing, and communications
  • Collaborate with other organizational partners to ensure effective coordination of state policy advocacy
  • Ensure work is aligned to the goals of programs and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Assist with federal policy work as needed
What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in policy development or policy advocacy
  • A strategic thinker who keeps the big picture in mind
  • A leader who develops others’ leadership skills and can manage from strategic to tactical levels
  • Someone who is curious about how things work and creative in developing solutions
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
  • A self-starter with lots of initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high-quality results
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and occasional in-state and out of state travel
  • Background or experience working in a nonprofit advocacy organization preferred
  • State-level policy experience preferred
Salary and Benefits

Salary of $46,000 to $50,000 and comprehensive benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is August 19, 2022, and the target start date is late September 2022.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

AT APPLESEED, WE WELCOME PASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEDICATED TO BUILDING A NEBRASKA WHERE EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE GOOD LIFE.

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Core Benefits

Fighting for a more just Nebraska is a lot of work. This is why we are committed to the health and well-being of every one of our team members.

Race equity lens at the forefront

As a social justice nonprofit, all of our program focuses have a race equity lens. We are committed to ending the disparities in the courthouse, the statehouse, and the community.

SUPPORTING FAMILIES

After one year, employees have up to six weeks of paid Family Leave and can bring their children to our office, ages one and under.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Employees can immediately participate in our 401k plan and receive a 4% employer match. Additionally, Appleseed pays 100% for health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance for employee coverage.

RECHARGE FOR JUSTICE

After five years, employees receive a two-week paid sabbatical to take time off to explore and pursue their personal endeavors. Every five years after that, employees receive a four-week paid sabbatical.

LEARNING AND GROWING IN YOUR ROLE

Employees can use their professional development funds to pursue their endeavors and advance in their role as a team member.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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