Advocacy and Organizing Manager
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, youth, and pride programs as well as supportive services and advocacy to celebrate and support the LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley region in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Position Summary: The Advocacy and Organizing Manager is responsible for implementing The Center’s advocacy and organizing priorities, with a current focus on non-discrimination and health equity. This position primarily manages 2-3 concurrent campaigns and works collaboratively as part of a team. Based on a thorough understanding of 501c3 advocacy strategies and organizing methods, the Advocacy and Organizing Manager works with the executive director, director of programs, and communications manager to coordinate strategic outreach efforts in order to educate Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers about the harms caused by the lack of comprehensive federal nondiscrimination laws and to educate Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers about the disparate use of tobacco in the LGBT community. This position also assists with coalition building on other issues important to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. This position is located in Allentown, PA and reports to the executive director.
- Continuously research prioritized issues
- Serve as a content expert on advocacy priorities
- Work collaboratively with local and national partners to research policymakers
- Identify key constituencies of importance to policymakers and conduct outreach to specific individuals
- Recruit and train community members to share their stories
- Coordinate constituent meetings
- Develop and maintain relationships with coalition partners
- Draft public comments on behalf of the organization
- Coordinate and ensure full implementation of advocacy visits to assigned legislators
- Collaborate with communications manager to secure earned media coverage for advocacy priorities
- Collaborate with director of programs to engage program participants in advocacy efforts
- Collaborate with development manager to engage corporate sponsors in advocacy priorities
- Participate in all coalition meetings organized by advocacy funders
- Complete advocacy and action reports as assigned by funders
- Thorough understanding of organizational vision, history and programs
- Attend staff meetings as scheduled
- Additional duties as assigned
Qualifications and Characteristics
- Energy, enthusiasm and motivation to enhance LGBT social, legal, and health advocacy
- Passionate learner who is motivated to take on new challenges
- Interest in working in an LGBT community-based non-profit organization
- Comfort, knowledge, and expertise utilizing Google applications and video conferencing (Zoom)
- Comfort and proven track record with community organizing and legislative visits
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to prepare others prior to advocacy visits
- Strong analytical skills
- Excellent research skills
- Ability to utilize technology to achieve results
- Ability to work from home
- Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently
- Prior experience in working with historically underrepresented and marginalized communities
- Demonstrated track record of setting and achieving goals
- Prior experience working in organizing or advocacy (community organizing, legislative advocacy, public education)
- Understanding of the differences between 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 advocacy and the ability to implement a 501(c)3-only advocacy strategy
- Understanding of the programmatic and advocacy needs for an LGBT community-based organization
- Cultural awareness about the context in which LGBT communities live and work
- Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI background checks are required for this position
- A driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle are required for this position
- Previous experience working for a 501c3 non-profit (the ideal candidate will have prior full-time experience involving community organizing or advocacy for a non-profit organization)
- Spanish-language spoken and written proficiency is preferred but not required
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $36,000-$40,000 annually. Salary will be offered for this position based upon the successful candidate’s prior experience. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers health, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance and offers an SEP/IRA retirement plan, credit union access, PTO, and vacation time. Excellent working environment in downtown Allentown, PA within walking distance of numerous restaurants and cafes, arts and culture organizations, and more. This is anticipated to be a one-year position, with the possibility of continuity dependent on available funding.
Our goal is to be a workplace that is representative of the community we serve. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has a non-discrimination policy and we welcome applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, Black, indigenous, and other people of color, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, and women. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a ban-the-box organization. If you are a member of an under-represented community, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter. The candidate who best meets the job qualifications and needs of the organization will be selected for the position.
The position is open immediately and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
To apply for this position, please email your résume, a responsive cover letter, a writing sample and list of three references as ONE document in PDF format to: Sharon Brotzman, Administrative Manager, Sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org.
Internship opportunities provide undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality experiential learning opportunities at an LGBT non-profit organization. Internships are open only to students enrolled or completing educational programs at accredited higher educational institutions. In order to provide a high-quality learning experience for our interns, our internship program requires that students intern for a minimum of 8 hours per week during the spring or fall semesters (12 week minimum) and 16 hours per week during the summer semester (9 weeks minimum). Interns at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center conclude their internships after learning transferable skills that are relevant for employment in many non-profit organizations.
We are currently accepting internship applications for Spring 2021 internships
Internship are accepted on a rolling basis
SPRING 2021 INTERNSHIPS WILL BE VIRTUAL / WORK FROM HOME.
Development Internship - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR SPRING 2021
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Development interns work directly with the Development Manager to research and draft grant proposals, draft individual donor communication, participate in a grassroots fundraising campaign, and assist with fundraising events. This is a research and writing-intensive internship. Interns learn transferable skills in development for non-profit organizations.
Pride Programs Internship
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Pride Programs interns work directly with the Pride Programs Manager to plan and execute the annual pride festival and other pride programs. Interns learn transferable skills in event logistics for non-profit organizations.
Data and Evaluation Internship - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR SPRING 2021
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study. Data and Evaluation interns work directly with the Data and Evaluation Manager on projects related to the utility and visualization of data from the Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment and related surveys, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The intern also reviews internal program data and works with our team on preparing evaluative reports. This is a research-heavy internship, an undergraduate research methods course is recommended as a prerequisite.
Health Programs Internship - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR SPRING 2021
Academic internship for a graduate or undergraduate student in any field of study, but optimal for students in social work, public health, nursing, psychology, gender studies or related fields. Health Programs interns work directly with the Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager to conduct health promotion outreach for tobacco, cancer, diabetes, and HIV prevention, help to research health disparities, and assist with organizing health related events. Interns learn the process involved in outreach, health disparity research, and event organizing.
Graphic Design Internship - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR SPRING 2021
Academic internship for undergraduate or graduate students in graphic design, fine arts, digital media, or media and communications, or related fields of study. Graphic Design interns work directly with the Center’s Graphic Designer to support program and development staff with social media graphics, data visualization, and organizational branding. Pre-requisite knowledge of, and access to, design programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop and Illustrator) are necessary. Digital illustration and photo editing knowledge are a plus. Interns will learn the process of organizational design and will have specific opportunities to develop skills related to data visualization.
Please send a resume, responsive cover letter, writing sample and an academic reference as one PDF document to Sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be reviewed.