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AACF Seeks Director of Governmental Affairs

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AACF Seeks Director of Governmental Affairs

Position Overview

A full-time position in the Little Rock office of AACF. This position will advocate for state, federal, and local policies that improve equity in resources, opportunities, and outcomes for children, particularly for Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color (BIPOC) families and families living in poverty. Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in advocacy, outreach, or lobbying. Candidates should also have experience working in coalitions and with diverse groups and populations. The Director of Governmental Affairs advances the mission and policy agenda of AACF by directing the development and execution of AACF’s legislative strategy, managing key relationships with elected officials from both major political parties, policymakers, and influencers, and working with coalitions to develop and advocate for policies. The Director of Governmental Affairs plays a central role in facilitating AACF’s team approach to lobbying and reports to the Executive Director. Salary range is $80,000 to $90,000, depending on qualifications and experience. BIPOC and other applicants with lived experience on the issues we champion are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

At least 5 years of experience in advocacy, outreach, or lobbying. Should also have experience working in coalitions and with diverse groups and populations.

Skills Required

  • Ability and willingness to learn and be able to discuss the dimensions of equity, such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, etc., in policy issues impacting children and families
  • Ability to develop relationships and work collaboratively with a variety of partners, including elected officials from both major political parties, state agency officials, AACF staff, nonprofit community partners, constituency groups, the faith community, and the business community
  • Demonstrated understanding of the political and legislative processes and the development and passage of legislation and public policy
  • Presentation, communications, and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on explaining complex issues to external audiences and persuasive communications
  • Ability to think strategically and develop campaigns that lead to adoption of AACF policy agenda
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to manage competing priorities, and multi-task
  • Committed to the mission and agenda of AACF
  • Ability to develop functional knowledge of AACF issues, including health, education, budget/economic issues, etc.
  • Ability to utilize the policy expertise of other AACF staff on lobbying and other related tasks
  • Ability to understand and present data/research effectively to advance an agenda

Responsibilities

  • Serve as AACF’s primary lobbyist, representing and advocating for the organization’s positions on legislation with members of the General Assembly, Governor’s Office, state agency officials, stakeholders, and the Arkansas Congressional Delegation
  • Manage the development and execution of AACF’s legislative strategy
  • Provide strategic guidance to AACF’s executive director, staff, and board in the development of AACF’s policy/legislative agenda and policy campaigns
  • Work with AACF staff in tracking, monitoring, and reporting on state legislation
  • Work with staff to develop and cultivate relationships with strategic partners, including elected and appointed policymakers, legislative influencers, other lobbyists, and advocacy partners
  • Assist AACF outreach staff in the development of public events related to our legislative affairs work, such as our pre- and post-legislative conferences and Kids Day at the Capitol
  • Attend legislative committee and coalition/stakeholder meetings to represent AACF’s interests
  • Work with the executive director and staff on developing and coordinating testimony for legislative hearings, and testifying when appropriate
  • Assist AACF staff in creating and disseminating communications tools related to AACF’s legislative agenda, including: a weekly electronic newsletter to the AACF network and stakeholders, legislative fact sheets, and legislative impact statements
  • Work with AACF Community Engagement Director on general outreach/networking building strategies
  • Work with AACF’s Deputy Director in managing the organization’s compliance with state and federal lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Assist the Central Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas development directors as needed in educating individual donors about AACF’s advocacy work
  • Assist the executive director as needed in fundraising by providing information for grant proposals and grant reports related to AACF’s advocacy work
  • Travel as needed for in-state meetings with partners and out-of-state conferences with funders and national partners

Interview Process and Timeline

  • Stage 1*: From the time the position is advertised, AACF collects resumes for three to four weeks before interviews begin.
  • Stage 2: Up to 10 candidates may be asked to participate in an initial screening call/Zoom with the Executive Director.
  • Stage 3: Four to eight candidates will be asked to participate in an in-person or Zoom interview with the Executive Director.
  • Stage 4**: Up to 5 candidates will be asked to participate in an in-person or Zoom interview with the Deputy Director and 2 to 3 AACF Staff members. The candidates will also be asked to complete a written exercise on their own time. Candidates will be given a task related to the job position and asked to complete a written description of the process they would use to complete the task (this will help us gauge a candidate’s ability to perform the job responsibilities). Candidate should spend no more than two to three hours to complete.
  • Stage 5: Up to 3 candidates will be asked to participate in an in-person or Zoom interview with the Executive Director and 2 to 3 AACF Board members for the final decision.

*Candidates can continue to apply after the interviews begin. AACF accepts applications until the position is filled. Once interviews begin, the process can take up to 4 months before a final decision is made depending on number of candidates and scheduling availability of candidates, staff, and board members.

**Candidates who make it to stage 4 will receive a one-time payment of $100 to participate in interview(s) and complete the written exercise to compensate them for their time.

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