YEO Policy Coordinator
Young Elected Officials Network
People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young Elected Officials Network and its Young People For youth leadership programs; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.
A program of People For the American Way Foundation, the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network is an organization that works to unite and support progressive elected leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 who share a passion for building communities that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity. With offices in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, Florida, the YEO Network supports members as they define issues, develop solutions, and respond to the needs of their communities. Through policy and research assistance, skills and issue training, personal and professional development, and meaningful networking opportunities, the YEO Network is working to transform the political vision of our elected leaders into progressive action. The YEO Policy Coordinator position is located in the Washington, DC office, reports to the YEO Policy Director in Washington, DC, and works in collaboration with staff in the People For national office.
The YEO Policy Coordinator will help develop and coordinate various aspects of the YEO program as it continues to expand. This position requires a familiarity with policymaking and government officials at all levels, excellent communications abilities, careful attention to detail, strong research skills, and a commitment to progressive issues and ideals.
- In coordination with YEO Policy Director, identify and support the policy goals for the YEO Network.
- Assist in public policy research, exchange, and support services for a network of 700 elected leaders serving at the school board, local, municipal, and state levels of government around the United States.
- Assist the YEO Policy Council program and other policy related initiatives.
- Support policy staff and manage interns as assigned.
- Coordinate communications with network members and provide technical and website support, as needed.
- In coordination with YEO Policy Director, assist in the development of proposals for YEO policy conferences.
- Serve as a YEO liaison with strategic partner organizations and expand YEO partnerships with organizations, labor unions, and research institutes at the local, state, and national levels.
- Represent the YEO Network and build relationships at partner events, conferences, and trainings where applicable and related to Network goals.
- Assist in the development of session curriculum, conduct outreach, and confirm partner participation for YEO events, including the YEO National Convening.
- Coordinate policy curriculum, program agenda, outreach, execution, and reports for all YEO teleconferences.
- Directly assist in policy and research requests from elected officials and staff, and assist in the monitoring of programs, policies, and initiatives implemented by YEOs in their communities, including the follow up and detailed tracking of community action plans and benchmarks.
- Perform research on cutting edge policy ideas from think tanks, partner organizations, and YEOs to stay on the forefront of new trends and developments.
- Provide content for the YEO newsletter and website as assigned, as well as a yearly policy resource book of policy priorities applicable to the diverse membership of the YEO Network.
- Support policy team in event planning, including scheduling, agenda development, and logistics.
- Experience with government, legislative, or progressive policy work
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work with a variety of people in multiple locations
- Careful attention to detail
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines
- Research skills, academic or professional, are strongly preferred
- One to four years of related experience preferred
- Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part of a team
- Computer proficiency, including MSOffice, Outlook, and Internet tools; must have database and spreadsheet experience
- Ability and willingness to work long hours when needed, including some nights and weekends
- Ability and willingness to travel when needed
- College degree required
- Commitment to the values of the Young Elected Officials Network and People For the American Way Foundation
People For the American Way - 18 months ago