Senior Policy Advocate: Job Opportunities Task Force

Mission of the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF):

To develop and advocate policies and programs to increase the skills, job opportunities and incomes of low-skill, low-wage workers and job seekers in Maryland.

Position Description:

The Senior Policy Advocate is responsible for researching and advocating for JOTF policy priorities at the state and local levels.  This position focuses on workforce and adult education policy; access to education and work supports; job quality and workplace fairness; and barriers to employment such as transportation and criminal records.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively support the JOTF policy agenda at the state and local level (experience in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties a plus)
  • Conduct research and analysis with a focus on workforce development, adult education, workplace policies and barriers to employment
  • Write and edit policy memos, testimony and other advocacy material including blog posts for diverse audiences
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues within the JOTF portfolio and related policy trends
  • Represent JOTF at meetings to further the mission
  • Build and lead coalitions
  • Organize and present at public forums to promote JOTF’s research and policy priorities
  • Develop and maintain alliances and partnerships
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to research and analyze problems and propose policy solutions
  • A strong understanding of policy-making processes in the legislative and executive branches of government
  • Familiarity with policy trends on issues facing disadvantaged Marylanders, especially employment-related challenges of low-skill men and women and the workforce needs of employers
  • A keen perception of the racial and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities
  • Organized, detail oriented and have the ability to work in both a team setting and individually
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Experience with fact checking and quick turn- around research tasks a plus

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