The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is searching for a Grassroots Advocacy Specialist to help execute efforts related to building and maintaining a robust network of grassroots advocates from SfN's membership. The Specialist will work with the Director of Advocacy and Training and SfN leadership to identify grassroots advocacy opportunities throughout the US (with the possibility of limited interaction with SfN's international partners), including coordination with related Federal Advocacy efforts. The Specialist's primary focus is on educating and engaging SfN members to serve as effective and consistent advocates for neuroscience and biomedical research.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Work with the Director of Advocacy and Training to develop and execute strategic grassroots campaign plans around SfN public policy priorities.
- Direct SfN's member-focused grassroots efforts during federal campaigns; work closely with SfN colleagues to identify critical moments to engage volunteers in legislative tactics.
- Continue to build and develop a volunteer program and structure that engages SfN members interested in advocacy:
- develop the tools and processes to identify, recruit, manage, train and retain advocates;
- ensure that the structure recognizes the different levels of volunteer engagement with SfN;
- develop programs for engaging scientists in various settings and at different career stages; and
- work with SfN colleagues to identify communities to prioritize for advocacy efforts.
- Independently and in coordination with federal advocacy efforts, engage in regular and substantive communication with grassroots advocates concerning federal policies and Society priorities, including with SfN committees as appropriate.
- As part of the full Advocacy team, draft, maintain and ensure dissemination of clear and compelling legislative fact sheets, training programs, and other advocacy-related material to support and promote grassroots advocacy efforts.
- With the Federal Advocacy Manager help execute Capitol Hill Day.
- Manage grassroots advocacy events at the annual meeting and support all annual meeting advocacy programming occurring in October or November each year.
- With the Federal Advocacy Manager help implement the Early Career Policy Ambassador program.
- Establish relationships and communications with SfN chapters and Neuroscience Departments and Programs.
- Develop and execute training programs for all tiers/levels of SfN advocates.
- Institute regular communications with top-level volunteers.
- Work with departments across SfN to ensure proper social media and communications activities related to the organization's advocacy objectives.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's degree from a four- year college or university required, a policy-based graduate degree is a plus.
- Minimum 2-3 years of experience in grassroots advocacy activities, including direct experience working on grassroots advocacy campaigns.
- Experience working within health or scientific disciplines, knowledge of the federal appropriations process, and time spent with a professional society or other non-profit organization are strong pluses.
- Familiarity or experience with research policy and the grassroots advocacy work of a nonprofit or association.
- Proven ability to set priorities, take initiative, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, as well as strong project management abilities.
- Ability and judgment to work confidently around senior field leaders and support them in executing advocacy projects and priorities.
- Ability to multi-task and work with supervisor to adjust priorities in a flexible manner to address changing needs.
- Strong research skills.
- Comfortable in personal interaction with Society members and VIPs at all career stages, Members of Congress, and Congressional staffs.
If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please submit a cover letter with your salary requirements and a copy of your resume for consideration. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
Our generous benefits package includes: medical, dental, disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts, two retirement plans with employer matching and nonmatching contributions; 12 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, with additional personal leave and 10 paid holidays; gym membership reimbursement; and tuition reimbursement.
The Society for Neuroscience is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people. We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable law and we welcome Veteran applicants.