UW Impact Seeks Assistant Director
Job Title: Assistant Director, UW Impact
UW Impact, the legislative advocacy program of the UW Alumni Association, is seeking an Assistant Director. This program and position are separate from the University of Washington and are part of the independent, 501 (c) 3 non-profit Alumni Association.
Working under the supervision of the UW Impact program director, and in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the UWAA Board of Trustees, this position will assist in developing and executing civic engagement programming for alumni and friends of the UW, and in the recruitment, training, retention of and regular communication to UW Impact advocates (volunteers who connect with their elected officials via UW Impact tools). The Assistant Director will develop and schedule communications to volunteers, including advocacy action alerts, marketing and educational outreach; assist in the creation and organization of civic engagement/advocacy events and programs; manage volunteer databases and data; make public appearances on behalf of UW Impact; and implement a general outreach plan for advocates.
The Assistant Director, working under the direction of the Director, will be responsible for developing and implementing effective and strategic communications and outreach programs that represent UW Impact at the highest level. Duties include:
Program/Event Development & Implementation
• In collaboration with Director and executive leadership of the UW Alumni Association, develop programs to fulfill the education, advocacy and civic engagement goals in UW Impact’s strategic plan.
• Identify and recruit individuals and relevant groups to partner with UW Impact in collaboration with Director and Legislative Advocacy Committee of the UWAA Board of Trustees.
• Assist in the design, planning, execution and evaluation of legislative and civic engagement events.
• Align civic engagement programs with similar efforts by other UW Alumni Association teams to develop an integrated and comprehensive civic engagement program portfolio.
• Collaborate with internal & external partners to identify events and programs that suit the needs of both entities.
• Help coordinate and maintain communications and event planning logistics with both internal and external event partners.
• Collaborate with Director on the assessment and evaluation of programming effectiveness and revise programming to ensure success.
Marketing & Communications
• Develop regular content for advocate communications, including weekly in-session updates, quarterly newsletters, website, blog, and social media.
• Interpret and analyze higher education legislative policy, and distill implications for a general audience.
• Work with multiple stakeholders to develop content for statewide and targeted email distributions.
• Work with Director and a contracted graphic designer to assist in the development and creation of UW Impact marketing materials.
• Make presentations on behalf of UW Impact to campus audiences and community groups.
• Respond to customer service concerns and facilitate administrative duties as needed, such as scheduling, reservations, and database management.
Database and Software Management
• Assist in updating and maintaining advocacy database (NationBuilder).
• Learn and use the capabilities of NationBuilder and Phone2Action (e-advocacy software) to communicate with various audiences, particularly during the legislative session.
• Create, manage and/or delegate appropriate projects for intern (10 weeks/quarter) and/or project-based intern (as needed).
• Manage intern scheduling and workflow
Program Coordination with Alumni Association Operations
• Participate in regularly scheduled UWAA Management Team meetings and participate in Association management, policy development, strategy, and reporting efforts.
• Provide staffing support on a quarterly basis at UWAA events and programs.
• Collaborate with the UW Impact Director and UWAA Executive Director and Director to determine participation in additional administration, strategy, and programming in order to achieve broader UWAA and UW goals.
– Bachelor’s degree required (English, Communications, Journalism or related field); Master’s degree in public policy or higher education policy preferred.
– A minimum of 3 years of demonstrated success in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management, customer service or related field;
– Excellent written and communications skills in English. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
– Experience with database management and maintenance;
– Ability to analyze political landscape and make strategic advocacy decisions;
– Ability to handle multiple projects, and manage workflow with internal and external stakeholders;
– Professional and polished public speaking skills;
– Experience with/demonstrated interest in managing interns;
– Demonstrated ability to prioritize time, relationships and priorities in fast-moving political environments;
– Ability to work in a non-partisan, bipartisan manner with regard to legislation, candidates, budget proposals, volunteers and others.
– Ability to work some evenings and weekends, particularly during the legislative session (January – April or June, depending on year). Must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
Compensation: $60,000-64,000 annual salary DOE. Retirement stipend. Healthcare benefits stipend negotiable.
To apply: Send resume and cover letter by 7/24/17 to Courtney Acitelli, UW Impact director: acitelli[AT]uwimpact[DOT]org.