Advocacy and Policy Manager

Habitat for Humanity Seattle - King County | Seattle (South Metro), Washington

Background

Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is part of a global, nonprofit housing movement operated on Christian principles. We seek to put God's love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

Habitat SKC is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through:

  • constructing, renovating and preserving homes;
  • advocating for fair and just housing policies; and
  • providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

After all, our organization is founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Advocacy and Policy Manager will lead the advocacy efforts so that Habitat for Humanity of Washington State fulfills its mission principle to advocate for affordable housing, specifically supporting just and fair housing policy and growing the capacity of Habitat affiliates in Washington. The Advocacy and Policy Manager will also lead the efforts to implement Habitat's strategic advocacy and policy priorities outlined in the Cost of Home campaign, a five-year local, state and federal effort to bring awareness and change relating to cost burden and affordable housing shortage.

The Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) National Advocacy agenda includes the following priorities:

  1. Advance homeownership opportunities for low-income households
  2. Promote access to a range of safe, healthy, affordable housing options
  3. Promote financial stability for individuals and families
  4. Cultivate and preserve healthy and vibrant communities

The Cost of Home Advocacy Campaign in Washington State includes the following priorities:

  1. Build the network's capacity for statewide and local policy influence on housing affordability
  2. Inform and mobilize advocates for housing affordability at all levels
  3. Influence federal, state and local policy on housing affordability
  4. Elevate housing affordability as a top issue of concern in Washington
  5. Mobilize resources to support advocacy for housing affordability via the campaign
  6. Coordinate the campaign across the state Habitat network and the affordable housing sector

Reports To

Reports directly to the CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State 

Responsibilities

Advocacy

  • Serve as staff liaison to help shape Habitat for Humanity of Washington State's advocacy agenda and lead the organization in implementing the Cost of Home campaign
  • In collaboration with the CEO, Board of Directors and campaign leaders, speak on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State for its advocacy agenda items
  • Work with Habitat's throughout the state of Washington to support Habitat's advocacy priorities
  • Engage with other housing practitioners to implement a housing advocacy platform from a community perspective
  • Lead Habitat's involvement in the Legislative Day in Olympia and follow up activities
  • Forge partnerships with organizations along the housing continuum so that all may work together to advocate for fair and just local housing policy
  • Lead a statewide effort in participation of World Habitat Day
  • Lead Habitat for Humanity of Washington State's support for Habitat International (HFHI)'s national and global housing policy
  • Recruit board members and homebuyers for HFHI's national lobby day, Habitat on the Hill as well as for hearing and meetings in Olympia during the legislative session and throughout the year
  • Maintain relationships with local, state, and national elected officials to be a trusted advisor on housing issues
  • Coordinate the legislative agenda by working with the appropriate committees in writing legislation, identifying and recruiting legislative champions, creating messaging for the bills, working with lobbyists in navigation and advancement of bills, coordinating meetings and hearing testimony in Olympia

Community Impact

  • Oversee Habitat for Humanity of Washington State’s promotion and coordination of HFHI's Cost of Home campaign
  • Lead the housing public awareness efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State in partnership with CEO and Board of Directors
  • Partner with housing providers along the housing continuum to develop and implement public awareness raising
  • Prepare and continually update Habitat for Humanity of Washington State's advocacy web page, social media sites and e-newsletter
  • Lead efforts to engage Habitat's entire constituency with the housing advocacy message and present opportunities for our constituency to take advocacy actions
  • Continually prepare and update materials for Habitat for Humanity of Washington State’s constituents to study and reflect on housing
  • Perform research activities to provide analysis to support the public awareness and policy objectives of the organization
  • Coordinate general administrative needs of the Cost of Home campaign including document creation, database management, donor and advocacy correspondence
  • Lead effort in data collection including creation of specific surveys, data system for campaign participants to report back, including creating data systems, collection methods, synthesis and reporting.

Qualifications

4 years progressively responsible experience in policy, advocacy, affordable housing or campaigning.

Relevant experience in issues like advocacy, community outreach and civic political processes. Strong commitment to increasing the supply of affordable housing.

  • Ability to create strategies to meet Advocacy & Community Impact goals;
  • Proven ability to quickly develop working relationships and exceptional communication skills
  • Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively
  • Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact
  • Calm and very pleasant demeanor when working with a wide variety of people; 
  • Excellent computer skills including Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Suite, Excel, MS Word, MS Publisher, Salesforce, Social media platforms, web-based meeting proficiency, Adobe and Google products
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively organize work and time, multiple and conflicting priorities and work independently.  Ability to work in an office with frequent interruptions.  Must be a self-starter and work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders with differing priorities
  • Ability to work within a remote working structure
  • Current driver's license and vehicle and ability to travel by car or plane
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with Habitat staff and affiliate volunteers, HFH WA Board of Directors and key committees, community organizations and elected officials and their staff

Compensation

Salary is $55,000 to $70,000 per year. Habitat has generous benefit and time off policies.

Requirements/Other

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The Advocacy and Policy Manager is responsible for creating strategies with the CEO and Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State to fulfill the organization's advocacy and community impact mission and working with others to meet strategic goals. Work is performed in full cooperation with Habitat leaders and external organizations. The Advocacy and Policy Manager will work closely with the CEO to develop and implement advocacy and community impact strategies in accordance with the organizational strategic plan.

GUIDELINES:

The Advocacy and Policy Manager will be guided by Habitat's mission principles and strategic plan. More specific guidelines are provided by relevant Habitat policies and procedures related to advocacy and the Cost of Home Campaign framework.  Additional guidelines are provided in the Habitat’s Policy and Procedure Manual, HFH WA Strategic Plan and HFH WA Advocacy Plan.  Communication with other Habitat affiliates in Washington and Habitat for Humanity International staff is critical for implementing and improving programs.  

COMPLEXITY:

Responsibilities involve multi-tasking several activities with differing deadlines, importance, and stakeholders requiring exceptional ability to organize and prioritize work and manage time. Ongoing training (e.g. affordable housing & advocacy) is critical.

This is a Full Time Exempt position requiring flexibility to work evening and weekend hours as needed for meetings and projects.  The position is located in the Seattle-King Co Habitat for Humanity office, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State and reports directly to the CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State that does not have an office in the Seattle-King Co HFH site.  The structure of the offices could change.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@habitatskc.org

Habitat for Humanity Seattle - King County

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