This position is based in NYC or DC.
POSITION TITLE: Deputy Policy Director
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Policy & Legal Director
DIRECT REPORTS: Policy Associates (3)
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt employee
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience
The Deputy Policy Director will provide additional stability to MFOL’s public policy and legislative advocacy work, in support of the Policy & Legal Director, and in collaboration with Policy Associates. The Deputy’s primary duties will include managing a portfolio of federal and/or state legislative work, building and maintaining MFOL’s relationships with legislators, further developing MFOL’s policy agenda, writing briefs and memos on issues related to gun violence prevention, and assisting in strategic planning for future endeavors. The Deputy will also work collaboratively across departments to help execute and support numerous high-impact policy and organizing campaigns at the national and state level, and will build and hold relationships with coalition partners across intersectional issue areas.
This role requires a high level of maturity, developed policy experience, willingness to collaborate and work long hours, and a keen political instinct. Qualified applicants who are 25 years old (Gen-Z) and younger are highly encouraged to apply.
In collaboration with and in support of the Policy Director, the Deputy will:
- Build and maintain internal communication, coordination and documentation in order to develop MFOL’s policy agenda;
- Assist in managing a growing team;
- Cultivate and build lasting and meaningful relationships with key policymakers and stakeholders in Washington D.C. and in state capitols, in service of MFOL’s mission;
- Review and execute legislative and advocacy campaigns to ensure they are strategically focused and driven by our mission and values while ensuring that MFOL youth leadership and voices are included in the process;
- Provide reliable, timely analysis and responses to MFOL’s legislative activities at the national and state level;
- Track progress of legislative agendas and policy campaigns in collaboration with external partners;
- Participate in coalition-building strategy and the local and national level in service of MFOL’s mission;
- Create educational and lobbying materials to be shared publicly with legislative offices and other key stakeholders;
- Take on additional duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience in gun violence prevention, government, civil rights, racial justice or other policy/advocacy fields;
- An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to successfully perform essential functions will be considered;
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral;
- Strong advocacy or lobbying skills and existing relationships with federal, state or local legislators or public systems;
- Understanding of policy analysis and reading, writing and interpreting legislation or regulatory language;
- Experience as a public spokesperson or advocate;
- Proven track record of success, consensus-building, reliability and maturity;
- Willingness to work collegially with and manage youth advocates and other staff;
- A highly organized individual capable of leadership and proficient management, with an entrepreneurial work ethic and desire to get the job done;
- Demonstrated ability to work with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds;
- Proven ability to execute day-to-day tasks and independently manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment;
- A passion for the MFOL movement.
This position is based in New York City or Washington, D.C., with some remote work. MFOL is a national organization, and significant travel will be required.
To apply, please email your resume to Max Markham, Policy & Legal Director. In lieu of a cover letter, please include a short introduction or summary (1 paragraph or less) in the body of the email.