Future Now is seeking a Deputy Policy Director to develop, plan, and execute strategies to fulfill the goals and mission of Future Now’s lawmaker services programming. Future Now staff are asked to work closely with and support Future Now Fund staff to achieve the aims of both organizations.
Reporting to the Director of Policy & Programs, the primary responsibility of this position is to help ensure Future Now’s policy work is aligned with the organization’s mission. The organization is seeking an individual who is knowledgeable and adept at managing and executing a range of workstreams and balancing competing priorities, while serving as a thought partner to the Director of Policy & Programs.
The successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail, maintain open and continuous lines of communication, excel in engaging external stakeholders (primarily state lawmakers and donors), be knowledgeable on a range of policy areas, and have excellent organizational skills.
We value diversity at our organizations. Women, people of color, trans/genderqueer, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
This position will work closely with the Director of Policy on key tasks and priorities. These include:
Program Strategy, Development & Management
- Participate in overall organizational and department strategic planning processes
- Translate and execute on policy department strategy, including determining and helping other team members with timelines and deliverables
- Develop and manage the Future Now Fellows Program, including the planning and execution of three Fellows Salons annually
- Identify national conferences and events; plan and represent Future Now presence to achieve organizational goals
- Facilitate weekly policy team meeting
- Coordinate lawmaker services database entry and management, including interim tracking of bills introduced and passed nationally
- Report on lawmaker services activities
- Serve as state lead and primary point of contact for lawmaker services programs and development, including with leadership and key lawmakers and staff in states
- Manage and deliver on lawmaker and staff inquiries in states
- Develop content for, schedule, and plan Lawmaker Seminars and caucus-wide facilitated sessions in states; on occasion present content to caucuses
- Build criteria, identify and outreach to over 200 key lawmakers nationally
- Liaise with lawmakers, staff and Future Now’s Kitchen Cabinet of experts
- Develop and execute strategy to grow network of lawmakers and candidates committed to America’s Goals
- Engage and manage strategic policy partnerships
Content & Development
- Contribute to policy library content: research and generate policy ideas and drafts for the Future Now policy library; review and finalize drafts from volunteers
- Work with Communications team to draft, review and disseminate lawmaker services email communications
- Assist with the generation of development documents and other external-facing collateral for policy-related development opportunities
- Work with graphic design and Communications team on lawmaker services content
- Contribute to ad-hoc research and writing, including op-eds, LTEs, etc.
- Schedule and attend lawmaker services meetings, both external and internal
- Assist in organizational administrative tasks where needed, including scheduling and logistics
- Passion for the mission
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Self-starter with a drive to make things happen: proven track record of program management excellence and high standards for success
- No job too small mindset
- Exceptional judgment and relationship building skills
- Strong ability to communicate in writing and in person
- Ability to distinguish important from urgent in highly complex and fast-moving environments
- Ability to quickly build trust, credibility, and goodwill
- Experience in project development and management
- Capable of independently managing time and tasks associated with a fast-paced organization
- Ability to articulately explain FN and FNF work and represent the organization to external audiences
This full-time salaried position will be located in Brooklyn, New York, with a desired start date of February 1, 2020. The position is in office, though especially strong remote candidates will be considered. Some travel is required. The salary is up to $85,000 plus a comprehensive health care package (75% of medical, dental, and vision paid for individuals and families), unlimited PTO, a 401(k) plan, pre-tax commuter benefits, and paid family leave. The Deputy Director reports to the Director of Policy.