Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

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Organizational and Position Overview

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is the professional home for Infectious Diseases scientists and physicians and currently has over 11,000 members.   We are searching for a Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator.  Under the guidance and supervision of the Director for Government Relations, and in collaboration with the Public Policy and Government Relations team (PPGR), the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator will execute strategies to maximize the engagement of IDSA members in federal advocacy activities in support of the Society’s strategic priorities.

FLSA Status - Non-Exempt

Essential Functions

  • Develop and execute strategies (in collaboration with other PPGR team members) to increase the quantity, quality and impact of IDSA members’ grassroots advocacy activities.
  • Lead planning and coordination of meetings for IDSA volunteers with federal policymakers in Washington DC and in states/districts.  This includes helping to identify targets, securing volunteer participation, and preparing volunteers to discuss IDSA policy priorities.
  • Lead planning and coordination of federal policymaker visits to IDSA member institutions.
  • Develop and update materials to educate IDSA volunteers about IDSA’s policy agenda and prepare volunteers to engage in advocacy.  Materials may include talking points, fact sheets, advocacy tips, and other documents as needed.
  • Prepare action alerts to urge IDSA members to contact federal lawmakers and officials at the request of the PPGR team and develop and execute marketing plan to maximize response rates.
  • Work with IDSA members to compile personal stories that help illustrate IDSA policy priorities (e.g. impact of federal public health funding on an individual, institution, or community).
  • Develop online and in-person advocacy training opportunities for IDSA members.
  • Write articles for IDSA publications regarding grassroots activities and member advocacy efforts.
  • Collaborate with the membership and communications team on messaging and social media strategies, and other digital advocacy channels.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key volunteer advocates.
  • Track and report on IDSA grassroots advocacy activities, including evaluating the impact of techniques to increase member engagement in advocacy and identifying and implementing best practices.
  • Maintain IDSA’s grassroots database.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Working knowledge of grassroots advocacy techniques, trends, and tools.
  • Project management, organization, attention to detail, and critical thinking skills, with the ability to problem-solve.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Positive teamwork skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to be nimble.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience with Salesforce, CQ Engage, and the use of social media platforms for advocacy are strongly preferred.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Political Science, Communications, or related field.
  • Two years of relevant work experience.
  • Capitol Hill experience or demonstrated knowledge of Capitol Hill, political campaigns and legislative process required.
  • Experience in grassroots advocacy campaign or fundraising is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have progressive and relevant experience, knowledge of effective grassroots advocacy techniques, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Location: Arlington, VA
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