FreeFrom is looking for a Federal Policy and Advocacy Specialist for a full-time position based in Los Angeles, California.

About FreeFrom

The FreeFrom team is made up of queer, trans, im/migrant, and BIPOC survivors. We envision a world in which all survivors are able to build the wealth and financial security necessary to support their individual, intergenerational, and community healing—enabling them to thrive.

At FreeFrom, we are already modeling the types of comprehensive support we are setting out to achieve through this work. We are committed to the financial security of survivors by paying all staff living-wage salaries, providing flexible work schedules, offering financial coaching and a savings matching program, designing survivor-informed practices, and actively engaging staff in the development of new policies and best practices. Starting from within, we are building an ecosystem of support rooted in respect for the wisdom of survivors who always know best what we need and how to innovate solutions to meet those needs. 

FreeFrom is also a team of nimble innovators. We intentionally cultivate a spirit of creativity and experimentation in our work, understanding that we must be willing to try new approaches and apply new frameworks in order to solve a systemic problem like intimate partner violence. 

About the Position

FreeFrom is looking for a Federal Policy and Advocacy Specialist to take our systems change and strategy work to the next level. An ideal applicant is a passionate policy advocate with experience working at the federal-level, who is ready to reimagine how the federal government can and should support survivors of gender-based violence. The Federal Policy and Advocacy Specialist should be a strategic and creative thinker, able to identify new and innovative approaches to build the momentum necessary to create lasting support for survivors. The Federal Policy and Advocacy Specialist should also thrive in a fast-paced and nimble environment, and be ready and willing to iterate approaches where needed.

Whether it is researching tried and successful strategies to guide our own work; identifying, and critically analyzing relevant federal legislation, policies, regulations, etc.; drafting new and model legislation; or designing and implementing advocacy campaigns; this position is for someone who is excited to try new approaches to federal advocacy that can achieve real change for survivors.

Applications will be considered as they are submitted. Our positions remain open until filled.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement federal-level systems change goals and strategies
    • In collaboration with the Systems Change Team, identify federal-level priorities
    • In collaboration with the Systems Change Team, identify multifaceted strategies for how to achieve federal-level priorities
    • Identify, join, and participate in any useful strategic coalitions
    • Create and lead coalitions where needed
    • Speak publicly about FreeFrom’s work and strategies
    • Work with other FreeFrom team members to develop advocacy campaigns around federal-level goals
    • Manage and lead campaigns related to federal-level goals
    • Work with other FreeFrom team members to develop social media and other communications regarding strategies and campaigns
    • Track and manage leads, connections, and other leverage opportunities to advance federal-level priorities and broader systems change goals
  • Research, review, and critically analyze relevant federal policies, laws, regulations, etc.
    • Research and identify relevant federal legislation, policies, regulations, etc.
    • Critically analyze relevant federal legislation, policies, regulations, etc.
    • Strategize how to use, learn from, adapt, and otherwise leverage existing federal legislation, policies, regulations, etc. within FreeFrom’s larger strategies
  • Draft federal legislation, regulations, model policies, etc.
    • Draft federal legislation, regulations, model policies, etc. that further FreeFrom’s federal-level goals grounded in data and stories
    • Edit, revise, and iterate drafts as needed
  • Otherwise work on and support broader systems change goals and strategies as needed
    • Support team in writing reports
    • Present at conferences, in webinars, etc. on FreeFrom’s systems change work

Qualifications / Requirements

  • 2-3 years working in policy advocacy and / or strategy at the federal-level preferred;
  • Ability to research, read, analyze, and critique federal policy language; including federal laws, policies, regulations, administrative rules, etc.;
  • Ability to draft and edit federal legislative and other policy language, including model policies
  • Experience in drafting and/or editing federal policy language – including federal laws, policies, regulations, administrative rules, etc. – preferred
  • Desire to do things differently and appetite to shake things up in federal spaces;
  • Strong strategic and creative thinking and planning skills and a track record of innovation;
  • Self-directed and excited to work in a nimble, innovative environment;
  • Strong people skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to collaborate and work well with others;
  • Outstanding speaking and interpersonal communication skills (written and oral);
  • Must bring enthusiasm, creativity, patience, and flexibility to the work;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with high accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work quickly and adapt to evolving strategies and circumstances;
  • Commitment to FreeFrom’s mission, innovation, and the highest standards of activism;
  • Ability to speak, hear, and understand speech at normal room levels;
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; and
  • Ability to write routine reports, and correspondence.

Qualifications and requirements are not intended to exclude any candidates but rather give candidates an idea of what skills and abilities would help them excel in this position. Candidates do not have to meet all requirements and qualifications to apply if you believe you have the skill, experience, and passion to do this job.

How to Apply

Send a descriptive cover letter, resume, the contact information for 3 personal or professional references, and an example of a written work product you created as part of federal level policy advocacy or strategy (e.g., a bill you drafted or edited, a campaign you developed, a policy paper or memo, etc.) to Sonya Passi, Founder and CEO, via email at: sonya.passi@freefrom.org in a single PDF attachment with the subject line “Federal Policy and Advocacy Specialist”. Please include your name and preferred pronouns on all documents. Please speak to how your experience and qualifications match what we are looking for in this role in your cover letter. Please also note: we will not contact your references without notifying you first.

Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.

We also encourage you to apply if this job sounds like a good fit for you and vice versa, even if you don’t feel as if you meet all the qualifications/requirements.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Details

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning on June 6, 2022
  • Anticipated start date: This position will remain open until filled. We are looking to fill the position immediately.

Employment Type

Exempt, full-time position

Salary and Benefits

  • $80,000
  • Benefits include: 
    • 100% covered health, vision and dental insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • 4-day work week
    • Childcare support
    • Gender-based violence paid and protected leave
    • Unlimited paid vacation + 6 weeks office closures annually 
    • Unlimited menstrual leave
    • 401k with a 5% employer match
    • Life insurance
    • Long-term disability
    • Building wealth stipend
    • Personal and professional growth stipend
    • Technology stipend
    • Vacation stipend
    • Additional optional benefits including legal, accident and pet insurance

Position Reports To

Systems Change Senior Program Manager