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Regional Advocacy Manager (Northwest)

Compassion & Choices, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 12/31/2019

Across the nation, Compassion & Choices works to create a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. To make this vision a reality, we improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.

The Regional Advocacy Manager is primarily responsible for managing state teams to authorize, expand access, protect, and improve medical aid in dying and the full range of end-of-life options. This position is responsible for providing campaign management in collaboration with the Field Director consistent with Compassion & Choices’ mission. This position is responsible for effectively building the capacity of local groups, run state campaigns, ensure access, and cultivate development opportunities.

You will be responsible for:

Advise states on legislative campaigns and ballot strategies, along with the Field Director and National Director of State Advocacy, according to an annual implementation plan in targeted geographic areas.
Coordinate the entire range of campaign activities including strategic campaign planning in assigned priority states. Provide direct supervision and day-to-day activities, as agreed upon with the Field Director.
Work with Field Director and National Director of State Advocacy to develop and manage a budget that achieves Compassion & Choices’ strategic priorities in assigned states. Ensure full integration of Compassion & Choices programs/policies.
Work on the following: legislative targeting, development of materials/collateral, grassroots activism/ recruitment, fundraising, media and lobbying while managing internal structures and processes.
Oversee contractor and lobbyist contracts and assist them in navigating internal C&C structures, policies and practices.
Recruit, train and manage local action teams and volunteers in campaign states, near-next states, authorized states and assigned constituency groups to become successful campaign leaders in collaboration with the National Volunteer Program to build broader support for the end-of-life choice movement.
Apply best practices to develop and implement customized, strategic technical assistance plans necessary to support legislators, legislative staffers and key healthcare industry stakeholders (regulatory agencies, allied organizations, academic policy experts, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies) in both campaign and authorized states, leveraging areas of common interest to achieve our goals.
Develop, collaborate and coordinate on strategy with the Compassion & Choices Chief Development Officer on the acquisition, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors — taking responsibility for fully integrating development and program activities by reaching out to new and previous donors in a specified region that generates revenue to sustain and promote long-term growth of the program and organization.
Promote and demonstrate effective collaboration with all C&C teams.
Attend and participate in all relevant C&C and external meetings throughout the year, including but not limited to implementation calls, weekly staff check-ins with campaign managers, and weekly field calls.
Understand and operate under the structure and policies for c3/c4s. Report lobbying activities for self and staff.
Using the appropriate means, provide regular briefings to leadership, staff and allies; and attend internal team meetings, as requested.
Support of all C&C efforts as requested; including, but not limited to, activities such as identifying prospects, briefing donors, alerting staff of fundraising opportunities, reaching out to donors, participating in phone-athons, etc.
Represent Compassion & Choices at public events and forums with the goal of growing the movement and donor base.
Timely and accurate completion of related reports (such as company credit card statement, performance reviews, time cards, etc.).
Demonstrates commitment to and active support of C&C’s Diversity & Inclusion program.
Other duties as required.
The ideal candidate's education and experience will be:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Political Science, Public Policy, Law, Journalism).
Five (5) year’s directly related experience (or an equivalency of related experience and/or education may be considered), which includes:
Demonstrated knowledge of local, state and federal government activities and structures; the ability to assess the local and state governments as they relate to policy/advocacy issues and activities.
Demonstrated understanding in advocacy/public policy, community organization/mobilization, media/communications, and grassroots advocacy tactic development and implementation.
Experience working on a political or issue campaign strongly preferred.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to determine the best means of communication based on the situation.
Knowledge of various other health, aging and advocacy organization or nonprofit organizations preferred.
Experience working in public health and aging policy and volunteer management.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, vendors and the public as part of a team.
What you can expect from us:

Ability to work with a team of caring professionals who truly value teamwork, each other and our mission!
Phenomenal working environment
A culture of diversity, equity, & inclusion
Ability for many positions to work remotely (which includes a monthly internet stipend)
Excellent benefits including:
Employer-shared medical and dental insurance premiums
Employer-paid short- and long-term disability, life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
Flexible spending account for medical and child care
Commuter pre-tax benefit
Eligibility to participate in 401K with generous 5% employer match; and 100% vested at time of eligibility
9 paid holidays; 7 PTO days first year...increases yearly thereafter to a max of 30 days/year); and floating holidays!

To apply: Email current resume and cover letter as one PDF document to In the subject line of your email, indicate “Last_First Name, RAMNW, 11-2019”. In your cover letter, please (1) indicate how your personal philosophy aligns with our mission, (2) provide a brief summary of your directly related experience, and (3) provide your salary expectation (with a specific amount/range vs ‘negotiable’).

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