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Policy and Advocacy Specialist

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Downtown Seattle Association
600 Stewart
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Position
Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Department
Advocacy and Economic Development

Reporting Relationship
Vice President of Advocacy and Economic Development

Status
Full-time; Hourly, non-exempt

Overview
The Policy and Advocacy Specialist supports the work of the Advocacy and Economic Development program in the areas of administration, grassroots organizing, community outreach, government relations, communications and policy program assistance.

Duties & Responsibilities
Advocacy, Policy and Government/Member Relations
•Support the implementation of DSA’s policy priorities and MID priorities. To include, but not limited to, communication and outreach with neighborhood groups on a particular policy item; taking the lead on communication pieces such as op eds; and working with team members to get pertinent information out to members and ratepayers.
•Develop policy briefs on issues impacting Downtown to educate elected officials, MID ratepayers, DSA members and partner organizations.
•Track public policy issues and decisions impacting Downtown at the local and state level and make recommendations to advance DSA and MID priorities.
•Attend City Council and committee meetings/public hearings, as it relates to DSA’s policy agenda.
•Assist in developing policy-related backgrounders, public testimony, talking points, letters and other materials to support DSA’s policy priorities.
•Organize DSA members, grassroots constituent groups, residents and other partners to support policy priorities.
•Support, develop and generate new ideas for forums, brown bags, etc. Assist in shaping the program, obtaining speakers, creating announcement verbiage and working with team members to coordinate, execute and publicize events.
•Staff DSA policy committees and work with committee leadership to set agenda, recruit speakers, develop issue papers and engage DSA members in DSA’s policy priorities.

Communications
•Support media relations activities, including developing draft news releases and editorials to support policy priorities.
•With teammates, develop content for the policy section of DSA’s website, “Let’s Talk Downtown” blog and DSA “Action Alert” e-blast communications.
•Capture event photos and video for web posting.

Administrative
•Prepare and distribute committee/task force rosters, meeting announcements, agendas and notes.
•Schedule meetings; reserve and prepare conference rooms.
•Compose emails, memos and other business correspondence.
•Maintain record of budget expenditures.
•Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Qualifications
•Degree in one of the following: communications, journalism, public relations, political science, public policy/administration.
•3-5 years experience in public policy, advocacy, campaigns and/or government.
•Self-motivated, energetic learner with a good sense of humor.
•Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with groups and competing interests.
•Strong verbal and written communication skills.
•Highly organized with the ability to efficiently multi-task daily deadlines.
•Superior attention to detail, prioritization of tasks, time management and organizational skills.
•Ability to handle stressful situations, demonstrating diplomacy and tact under pressure.
•Strong hands-on experience with social media platforms.
•Knowledge of Downtown Seattle, its neighborhoods and business community preferred.
•Experience in political organizing, campaigns, local or state government desired.
•Proficient with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point.

Compensation
Annual salary DOE plus full medical, dental vision benefits, paid time off, short and long term disability, 401K retirement plan and annual ORCA Pass.

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] or 423 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101.

We will accept applications through October 9th, 2013.

The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Location

Downtown Seattle Association
600 Stewart
Seattle, WA 98101
United States