Advocacy Manager

Date Posted: September 27, 2022

Job Description

The Advocacy Manager serves as a staff member at will of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. The Advocacy Manager plays a critical role in developing the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s advocacy efforts by leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to engage advocates, providers, parents, caregivers, and others in its policy work, publications, and research.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to apply@coloradokids.org. Please use an Email Subject Line of “Advocacy Manager Application.” Please include in your cover letter where you heard about this position, what interests you about working at the Children’s Campaign and why you think you would be a good fit for the position. We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. The Colorado Children’s Campaign encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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Our Story

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, K-12 education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive statewide network of dedicated child advocates.

As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act. The Children’s Campaign is committed to integrating values of diversity, equity and inclusion into daily work with intention, action and humility in order to advance racial and economic equity within our organization, our networks and partnerships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement advocacy activities and public will campaigns to shift behavior and align policy in pursuit of the Children’s Campaign North Star goals in collaboration with diverse teams and coalitions.
  • Collaborate with staff members to develop and disseminate key communications tools such as KIDS COUNT in Colorado! reports, a weekly electronic newsletter, legislative fact sheets.
  • Collaborate with community partners to implement and lead the annual Speak Up for Kids Day at the State Capitol.
  • Support the fulfillment of grant requirements and reporting regarding outreach and advocacy efforts.
  • Act as a source of expertise and provide strategic leadership for the Children’s Campaign It’s About Kids network and align the network with organizational advocacy goals.
  • Provide mentoring, guidance, and support to staff members undertaking coalition building and outreach targeting diverse communities across Colorado.
  • Other assistance, as designated by the Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, to support the overall goals of the department and organization. Colorado Children’s Campaign retains the right to add or change duties and/or responsibilities at any time.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
  • Budgetary/Fiscal Responsibilities: Acts as a good steward of Colorado Children’s Campaign’s resources.
  • Responsibility for Confidentiality: The nature of this position requires safeguarding against the release of confidential and proprietary information of Colorado Children’s Campaign.
  • Contact with Others: This position will interact with managers at all levels and staff members across the organization, in addition to members of external organizations and the public.
  • Work Location: Hybrid. May include travel within Colorado.

Job Requirements

  • Education: 4-year degree in Communications, Marketing, Business, Education, Social Work or Political Science required, or in a related field, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience: Requires 3-years of experience in community outreach and/or advocacy; experience working in a nonprofit; experience supervising people/programs, project management, planning/implementing advocacy events, and network/association management is strongly preferred; or any equivalent combination of experience, lived experience, and/or special skills.
  • Proven computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite are necessary.
  • Superior organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
  • Adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy.
  • Outstanding communicator and considered to be a developer of programs who is comfortable working and collaborating with a broad cross section of people in direct and matrixed relationships to drive programs to meet strategic goals.
  • Schedule Availability: Days with occasional nights and weekends.
  • Licences/Certifications: None.
  • Please view the Job Posting PDF above to read through the Physical Requirements of this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Experience applying an equitable analysis to all duties to achieve organizational goals and demonstrate the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The position is located in Denver with a hybrid office environment. The salary range is $55,000 to $65,000.
  • Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits
  • Paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign 403(b) plan with a company match of 100 percent of the first 3 percent employee contribution
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign flexible spending account
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign Aflac supplemental insurance plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) to begin accruing at a rate of 14 hours per month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 10 Weeks of Paid Medical and Care Taking Leave

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer. We value, honor, and celebrate all forms of diversity. Our organization is committed to pursuing its mission in a way that centers equity and the inclusion of voices and experiences of those most impacted by the inequities of our social institutions and systems. To do our best work, we seek to hire and retain staff that reflect the racial diversity and changing demographics of our state.

The Children’s Campaign does not and shall not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, pregnancy or parental status, physical or mental ability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, military service, or another non-merit factor under applicable federal, state, or local laws in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: advertisements for employment, hiring of staff, compensation, promotions, termination, and other conditions of employment; selection of volunteers, interns, and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, community partners, donors, funders, and other supporters. Our policy reflects and affirms the Children’s Campaign’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.