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Associate Director, Field Services (Field Director)



Date Posted: 6/15/2012
Organization: American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Location: Washington, DC

Description of Organization:
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Position Responsibilities:

Plans and manages the development of comprehensive grassroots advocacy strategies on AAUW priority policy issues. Implements AAUW field development and training activities, volunteer leadership identification and recruitment, voter education, and e-advocacy activities. Develops public policy and voter education materials and supervises grassroots staff.

  • Comprehensively assess field strengths and weaknesses and work to build strength where needed. Develop strategies and systems for providing technical assistance and training to state branches and track their activities.
  • Provide and oversee other staff’s technical assistance to support members’ public policy advocacy and voter education work.
  • Coordinate with staff in preparing an annual budget proposal for grassroots lobbying and voter education.
  • Manage AAUW’s Action Network database. Work with IT staff to keep data synchronized with AAUW member database.
  • Work with Development to develop new ways to raise funds from Action Network and with Membership to recruit new members through grassroots advocacy activities.
  • Write and deliver speeches, develop and facilitate workshops on AAUW public policy priorities, grassroots advocacy, voter education, and voter turnout.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of AAUW public policy events as well as AAUW conventions, lobby days, conferences, and other special events.
  • Oversee the selection and technical assistance for the progress of Impact Grant states. Monitor and evaluate program to ensure it reflects AAUW priorities.
  • Oversee responses to member comments, questions, and concerns.
  • Keep abreast of and implement latest electronic and grassroots advocacy techniques, tools, and best practices.
  • Develop and write articles for AAUW Outlook and other publications; and coordinate the development and distribution of Action Network alerts and Washington Update ebulletins.
  • Manage national voter education campaign, including coalition-building, voter guide production, targeting and field activation.
  • Provide oversight to departmental grassroots projects, including coordination of timelines and appropriate staff to ensure goals are met.
  • Ensure that appropriate staff in other departments is regularly informed about public policy advocacy and voter education activities.
  • Work with Communications, Membership, and other program departments to carry out strategies to link work on AAUW’s policy priorities and programs to our mission.
  • Participate as requested in leader meetings including AAUW Public Policy Committee (APPC) and AAUW Board of Directors.
  • Assist department director with her liaison duties to the APPC by coordinating committee meetings, activities and calendars.
  • Maintain regular contact with key activists in assigned states. Keep up-to-date on AAUW issues by reading professional journals, newspapers, magazines, and other relevant sources.
  • Take action authorized during lead staff’s absence and use initiative and judgment to see that matters requiring attention are referred to delegated authority.
  • Participate on staff committees or tasks forces as assigned.
  • Be an active supporter and participant in a collegial and productive work environment.
  • Represent AAUW in coalition organizations to develop effective advocacy strategies.
  • Perform other related/comparable duties as required and assigned.


Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Master’s strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of five years related experience.
  • Expert knowledge of field organizing and e-advocacy best practices.
  • Experience in working with non-profit membership organizations.
  • Knowledge of women’s, education, and equity issues preferred.
  • Required to work weekends and evenings as needed. Job related travel required.
  • Ability to demonstrate and establish credibility and professionalism with diverse group of volunteer leaders in person, over phone, and in written communications.
  • Successful experience in managing political and/or issue advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and ability to analyze and synthesize information.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


Apply To:
Submit a résumé with cover letter by e-mail indicating position title to AAUW Human Resources at aauwjobs@aauw.org.

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