Policy and Advocacy Manager

  • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
  • Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Jul 19, 2019
Full time Advocacy Government Affairs / Relations Public Policy

Job Description

Twin Cities Habitat is seeking an experienced grassroots leader who will activate our stakeholders to take action and make affordable housing a matter of conscience! This position is responsible for driving the policy agenda around housing programs, raise awareness and increase financial resources dedicated to affordable homeownership in our service area - supporting our mission, values and strategic goals. Become a housing hero, join the team at Twin Cities Habitat! See full job description below.


Job Summary 
The Policy and Advocacy Manager is responsible for developing and executing a policy agenda and strategy to advance the mission and values of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH). This includes policies at the federal, state and local levels utilizing the Habitat Cost of Home advocacy campaign. The Policy and Advocacy Manager will activate stakeholders: TCHFH Board of Directors, leadership, staff, volunteers, partner homeowners, and other Habitat affiliate staff statewide, to take action to advance the policy agendas of TCHFH and housing coalitions. The Policy and Advocacy Manager coordinates across departments to engage local stakeholders in advance of where TCHFH plans to bring housing programs and works to raise awareness around housing policy and increase financial resources dedicated to affordable homeownership. The Policy and Advocacy Manager will work in partnership and appropriately cultivate and maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff, and individuals at key non-profits, for-profits, government agencies, cities, counties, and local neighborhoods. A contract lobbyist may report to the Manager. 
Responsibilities: 
Develop and advance a federal, state, county, and city policy agenda and strategy to advance the mission and values of TCHFH.  

  • Implement the Habitat Cost of Home national advocacy campaign in conjunction with the Local/Regional Policy & Advocacy Coordinator. 
  • Develop policy objectives and strategy with the TCHFH Board of Directors and senior leadership. 
  • Collect feedback from staff and other relevant stakeholders to develop and create buy-in for the policy agenda.  

Work with the Public Funding, Grants, Land Acquisition, and Program staff to understand public funding and policy and regulatory needs of the organization; identify opportunities to maximize public funding; and integrate public funding needs into advocacy work.  
Educate TCHFH Board of Directors and staff on the policy agenda and annual goals.  
Manage the strategy to engage the TCHFH Housing Heroes advocate: mobilize TCHFH Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, partner homeowners and other Habitat affiliate staff statewide to advance the policy agendas of TCHFH, Habitat and various housing coalitions.  
Oversee all messaging. 

  • Provide dynamic content for legislative updates and action alerts. 
  • Partner with the Communications Department and Local/Regional Policy and Advocacy Coordinator to produce advocacy content for organization-wide use, create online resources and social media content.  

Mobilize and train TCHFH Housing Heroes to engage with their public officials. 

  • Lead organization of education and advocacy events including but not limited to Habitat on the Hill – MN and D.C. to facilitate in-person volunteer advocacy. 
  • Partner with the Homeowner Development Team to engage TCFHF homeowners as Housing Heroes: create strategic, accessible, and impactful opportunities for Habitat homeowners to engage with their elected officials at the federal, state and local levels and participate in voter registration.  
  • Lead the efforts to build the advocacy capacity of Greater Minnesota Habitat affiliates through the Cost of Home campaign, including hosting events at other affiliate locations and recruiting affiliates to sign onto the Homes for All legislative agenda. 

Attend TCHFH events including volunteer orientations, homeowner events, construction crew gatherings, and construction site build days to recruit individuals to participate in advocacy efforts. Be an active leader in the Homes for all Coalition (H4A) and other housing coalitions.  

  • Represent and advocate for TCHFH’s legislative policy initiatives and funding requests during the development of the H4A legislative agenda.   
  • Participate on the policy committee to develop and implement the H4A policy agenda.  
  • Strategically participate in advancing the policy agenda during state legislative session.  
  • Coordinate with partner lobbyists, when applicable, to mobilize Housing Heroes to advance the policy agenda.  
  • Participate in other Homes for All committees to strategically advance the TCHFH policy and funding agenda.  

Coordinate across TCHFH departments to engage local stakeholders in communities where TCHFH plans to bring housing programs to help create buy-in and alleviate potential tensions.  
Cultivate and maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff and individuals at key non-profits, for-profits, housing coalition leadership, government agencies, cities, counties, and local neighborhoods. 
Give community presentations on housing policy to create awareness and recruit advocates. 
Act as affiliate advocacy liaison to Habitat for Humanity International.  
Administer the Advocacy Department programming within TCHFH. 
Participate in grant writing requirements and work in collaboration with the Resource Development team to develop financial resources for the advocacy program. 
Maintain federal and state lobbyist documentation/paperwork and complete required reporting. 
Track and summarize work for regular reporting to funders and internal tracking of goals through dashboard. 
Manage the Advocacy Department budget. 
Supervise, develop and coach for growth the Local/Regional Policy & Advocacy Coordinator. 
  
 
QUALIFICATIONS 
Experience: 

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in community organizing or grassroots advocacy preferred. 
  • Background in housing or real estate development beneficial. 
  • Supervisory experience beneficial. 

Education: 

  • A degree in Community Development, Housing, Public Affairs/Policy, or Urban Planning beneficial but not required. 

Competencies: 

  • Experienced public speaker and skilled with web-based communication tools. 
  • Possess strong oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Possess the people skills and versatility to effectively build and maintain relationships. 
  • High energy and the ability to function effectively with a minimum of daily direction and support.  
  • Can solve problems and makes decisions independently in a creative and effective manner. 
  • Excellent work ethic with a results-oriented style. 
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic plans. 
  • Ability to relate to a highly diverse environment and clientele, including the Board of Directors, leadership, staff, elected officials, contractors, neighborhood and community leaders, new homeowners, immigrant families, and corporate and other volunteers, interacting with charisma, grace and respect. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Familiarity with the core tenets of community development and grassroots organizing. 
  • Have a passion for and strong commitment to the mission of TCHFH, the community, and other applicable constituents. 
  • Complete commitment to service and quality. 
  • Project development and management skills.  

 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 
Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time 
Ability to effectively communicate with others 
Independently operate a motor vehicle and possess a valid driver’s license with good driving record. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The work is based out of an office environment. There is an expectation that the Policy and Advocacy Manager will attend meetings and spend time cultivating relationships outside of the office so will need to be able to travel. There is also some travel to construction sites or other events. There are significant evening and weekend responsibilities, so a very flexible work schedule is required.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

AA/EOE All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, disability, age (over 40), or status with regard to public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or other protected status. 
 

Organization

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Salary

$55,000 Annually