Advocate

Economic Security Project Action | Flexible (Remote), Washington, DC or Other

Background

About Economic Security Project Action

We live in a time of historic economic uncertainty. The dramatic increase in unreliable work and the concentration of wealth in too few hands threatens to undermine the foundation of the modern social contract: the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead in America. Low-income Americans are struggling to afford food and rent, and many in the middle class live on the financial brink as skyrocketing housing, childcare, and medical costs overwhelm stagnating incomes. Nearly 40 percent of Americans did not have enough savings on hand to cover a $400 emergency even before the pandemic and recession. Now record unemployment leaves many Americans on the brink, with Black and Latinx communities hit hardest by the virus and the economic crisis. 

Economic Security Project Action challenges this status quo by building economic power for all Americans, campaigning with state and federal partners to win victories that improve people’s lives. Our sister organization, Economic Security Project, serves as convener, strategist, funder, and campaigner. We disburse grants, identify gaps, develop communications research to inform the movements, and coordinate events and convenings to encourage investment and action from others. We support emerging leaders in the economic justice field and ensure they have the networks, know-how, and resources to succeed.

Economic Security Project Action is co-chaired by Natalie Foster, Chris Hughes, and Dorian Warren. ESP/A Director Adam Ruben, has extensive experience leading progressive campaigns with organizations such as the Fight for $15 and MoveOn.org, and Federal Campaign Director Anna Aurilio has been one of Washington’s top public interest lobbyists for three decades. We’ve recruited a high-caliber team of campaigners and communicators to help us realize our vision. 

Our Campaigns: Emergency Money to the People and the Cost-of-Living Refund

As families and communities continue to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic toll, we must provide lasting financial support to the millions of American families who were already living paycheck to paycheck before this crisis unfolded, and to those who have suddenly fallen on hard times. The Emergency Money to the People campaign fights for help to those who need it most, particularly communities of color that are hit hardest, helping Americans get back on their feet and driving the economic recovery. 

Our Emergency Money to the People plan would provide regular direct payments until the economy recovers, and we have worked since the beginning of the crisis to make sure direct stimulus payments are part of the solution. We helped pave the way for the first round of economic impact payments, worked to make sure they were as inclusive as possible (including helping win payments at the state level to taxpayers who are undocumented), and are building the case for lasting direct payments as an automatic stabilizer. 

The Cost-of-Living Refund is a campaign ESP/A launched in 2017 at the state and federal level, modernizing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to create a powerful and practical plan to help low-income and middle-class people, with particular benefit to communities of color. One of the best policies to provide economic stability to working people, the EITC is one of our nation’s most effective anti-poverty policies, as a cash policy that gives people the tools to solve their own problems. Yet, in its current form, the EITC cannot fully address the needs of hard-working families in an economy shaped by low-wage work and high concentrations of wealth. The Cost-of-Living Refund will help working people face the rising cost of living and housing, while fighting rising inequality and racial income disparities. It will be an essential tool at the state and federal level in this economic recovery.

ESP/A and our partners passed the first state Cost-of-Living Refund policies in Maine and California, as efforts advance in ten other states.  We made the case in the national media and on the Hill for a federal Cost-of-Living Refund with leaders like Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ro Khanna and others.  

Job Summary

Economic Security Project Action is seeking an Advocate to advance our mission to build economic power for all Americans. This individual will play a central role in our legislative and executive branch advocacy to pass federal cash transfer policies in 2021 as part of our Emergency Money to the People and Cost-of-Living Refund (EITC modernization) campaigns.In a typical day, the Advocate might:  

  • Meet with three offices of moderate representatives to recruit cosponsors for the direct payments bill we’re focused on, 
  • Work with a Senate champion to set up a leadership briefing with an economist and a small business owner, spotlighting new data on the poverty reduction impacts of recurring direct payments lasting until the economy recovers, 
  • Coordinate a rapid response strategy meeting with our coalition partners on new intel out of the administration, and 
  • Close out the day giving feedback on a new piece of potential EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) legislation to a Ways & Means committee ally.

Reports To

Federal Campaign Director

Responsibilities

  • Develop issue expertise on cash policy details, the scope of economic problems facing low- and middle-income Americans, and the impacts of our policies.
  • Represent Economic Security Project Action on Capitol Hill, developing and deepening relationships with members of Congress and legislative/White House staff, securing support for our policies, and providing information in response to policymaker requests.
  • Help devise legislative and communications strategy, and participate in overall campaign strategy development with campaign leadership.
  • Build and manage tracking systems to organize information about legislative contacts, coordinate outreach among multiple organizations.
  • Work with our research director to create and review factsheets, talking points, sign-on letters, and other materials as required.
  • Organize around our campaigns in the public interest community, recruiting and organizing coalition partners in joining our campaigns.
  • Analyze legislative proposals and provide technical support to policymakers.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a position with transferable skills.
  • 3-10 years of professional experience as an advocate or policymaker or in a related field, with demonstrated ability to organize allies, persuade targets, and create momentum for an issue or campaign.
  • Significant experience working on economic policy through advocacy, organizing, or politics. Experience with the EITC, tax policy, or other economic issues is strongly preferred.
  • Proven experience integrating racial equity into communications, strategy, and outreach.
  • Strong writing skills for legislative and public audiences.
  • Existing relationships with legislative staff are valuable, and some experience communicating across party lines is preferred.
  • Experience with reading legislative language is preferred.
  • Ability to work on deadline, adapt to changing situations, handle confidential information, and switch between different projects and tasks on short notice.
  • Excellent communication skills with experience engaging with diverse stakeholders, and proven experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.

Compensation

$65,000-$95,000

Requirements/Other

Economic Security Project Action is a virtual office with staff across the country. The Advocate will report to the Federal Campaign Director, who is based in Washington, DC. The initial salary range is $65,000-$95,000 with benefits, although our priority is recruiting the right person to fill this role as the campaign moves forward. Excellent benefits package includes 401(k) employer match; 100% employer paid health, vision and dental coverage; and generous vacation/PTO policy. This position is full-time and considered exempt from FLSA overtime rules. It is a one-year grant-funded position, which may be extended depending on additional funding. Economic Security Project Action is a sister organization to the Economic Security Project.

Because Economic Security Project Action values a diverse and representative workplace, people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people of all gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Economic Security Project Action is a 501(c)(4) with a 501(c)(3) sister organization, Economic Security Project. ESP/A is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to espajobs@economicsecurity.us by 10/5/20. The writing sample should be a piece of recent work that you were primarily or significantly responsible for. Please provide brief contextual information describing the purpose of the work and, if applicable, how it was used to advance a strategy.

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