Title: 
Federal Public Policy Advocacy
Organization: 
Creation Justice Ministries
Purpose Creation Justice Ministries seeks a mission-driven leader with a passion for public policies that protect, restore and more rightly share God's creation. The person who successfully meets the expectations of this position will join a dynamic ministry on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This position will advocate for policies consistent with the mission of Creation Justice Ministries by forging strategic working relationships with both policy-makers and faith leaders. The position requires strong outreach and mobilization skills, and a grounding in faith-rooted education. Focus: 2021 priorities This is a new position that Creation Justice Ministries is building capacity to grow, and secure long-term. In 2021, more than half of the Advocate’s 2021 policy portfolio will relate to facilitating faith communities' ocean-climate action. The Advocate will also embed themselves in the Washington Inter-religious Staff Committee, as well as establish strong relationships in the Biden-Harris Administration and with key committee staff in Congress. Program Coordination Priorities Actively and regularly engage members of the Creation Justice community in advocacy skill-building trainings, issue briefings, and opportunities to feature Creation Justice perspectives in the media. Develop and implement strategies to educate and motivate Creation Justice community members on timely issues. Strategies may include producing faith-based education resources, retreats, prayer resources, and/or social media materials. Represent Creation Justice Ministries in meetings and at conferences. This may involve welcoming youth groups traveling to DC, managing conference exhibit tables, and/or leading workshops. Track and ensure timely completion of grant deliverables in this position’s portfolio, as well as report on assigned grant projects. Mentor interns, volunteers, and field education students; Facilitate opportunities for clergy continuing education/professional development. Policy Responsibilities Manage relationships with government entities. Assist faith-based organizations and individuals with their public policy engagement, including helping people of faith with opportunities to testify, provide public comment, or participate in stakeholder processes. Communicate religious community positions on protecting God’s creation. Keep up-to-date with several areas of environmental policy simultaneously. Translate policy and environmental science jargon into faith-rooted messaging with a justice lens. Draft fact sheets, advocacy materials, and social media content. Fundraising Responsibilities Maintain and grow funding partnerships to support Creation Justice Ministries’ federal policy engagement. Desired Qualifications Experience One year or more of public policy experience Has analyzed public policy using a racial justice lens Track record of engagement with one or more of Creation Justice Ministries’ member communions Experience engaging with historically Black church communities, a part of Creation Justice Ministries’ membership which needs a greater depth of representation among the staff and religious coalitions in DC that do ecological justice policy work Skills Speaks and writes clearly, with confidence Organizes self and work projects effectively, with a commitment to being on time Thrives in a fast-paced workplace with minimal supervision Works well both independently and as part of a team Values Strong values-commitment to upholding environmental justice, tribal sovereignty, racial equity, and centering the policy priorities of those made most vulnerable to impacts of the ecological crisis. Operates with integrity, honesty and fidelity to our organization’s mission Advocates with passion, while upholding a commitment to a nonpartisan approach Work Environment This position reports directly to the Executive Director. Policy priorities are set by the Executive Director, in consultation with the Creation Justice Ministries board and membership. Policy advocacy strategies are designed by, as well as carried out by, the Advocate. Significant opportunity to develop professionally We have a 100% virtual workplace until it is COVID-safe to return to in-person non-essential work. To facilitate virtual collaboration, this position requires active participation in Creation Justice Ministries' Slack and Trello boards to maintain communication with other team members. Equipment The Advocate will be provided with a GSuite account as well as have use of Creation Justice Ministries Zoom account. Personal cell phone use will be partially reimbursed. Provision of a work computer is negotiable. Compensation The estimated salary for this position is $50,000.
Posting Dates: 
12/10/2020 to 01/31/2021
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Ministry, Non-Church
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Contact Name: 
Shantha Ready Alonso
Contact Email: 
Shantha@creationjustice.org