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.
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.
Develop and advance a federal, state, county, and city policy agenda and strategy to advance the mission and values of TCHFH.
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.
Mobilize and train TCHFH Housing Heroes to engage with their public officials.
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.
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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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.
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.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is a nonprofit committed to building the quality of life, health and prosperity of the 7-county metro region through the production and preservation of homeownership - because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.
Our Mission: Eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.
Our Vision: A Twin Cities region where families can own homes in healthy neighborhoods with access to jobs, transportation, and quality schools.