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Job Opportunities at the Secular Coalition for America

Positions Open:

  • Director of Congressional Affairs
  • Grassroots Coordinator

How to Apply
Secular Coalition for America is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@secular.org. Positions are full-time exempt and located in Washington, D.C.

Director of Congressional Affairs
The Director of Congressional Affairs (DCA) for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) is the organization's chief representative before Capitol Hill and the Administration.  The DCA is responsible for the policy and advocacy agenda for the SCA, as well as being an effective, trustworthy, and resourceful lobbyist.  

Duties:

  • Manage the annual Legislative and Executive Branch Agenda (LEBA). This includes capturing all issues of importance to the secular community, liaising with lobbyists and attorneys from member organizations, and engaging with our supporters;
  • Draft public policy papers, position statements, talking points, Q&A (collateral) materials to be disseminated among stakeholders, including member organizations and staff on Capitol Hill;
  • Draft public policy papers, position statements, talking points, Q&A (collateral) materials to be disseminated among stakeholders, including member organizations and staff on Capitol Hill;
  • Liaise with staff of other secular and nonsecular organizations on issues of mutual agreement. This includes other lobbyists, policy experts, and executives of SCA's member organizations, as well as our partners in the faith, LGBTQ, women's, reproductive health, science, and education communities, among others;
  • Represent the Secular Coalition for America at conferences and in the media; 
  • Execute Action Alerts for SCA supporters;
  • Conduct research and monitor legislation; 
  • Track happenings within the government that could impact the secular community;
  • Proactively research policies to see what changes could be advantageous and which trends might negatively impact the Secular Coalition for America and our member organizations and partners;
  • Ensure message continuity by working internally with other staff members;
  • Externally work with government officials, including staff and members of the House and Senate, advocacy groups and member organizations to convey their legislative goals;
  • Prepare reports and presentations for the Board of Directors and member organizations; and
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Required skills and qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree, law degree preferred;

• Support for, and understanding of, the mission of the Secular Coalition for America; 

• Expert knowledge of the inner-workings of Capitol Hill;

• Expert knowledge of creating and executing legislative strategies;

• Excellent oral and writing skills;

• Meticulous attention to detail and follow-up; 

• Expert ability to communicate with others on complex policy issues; 

• Familiarity with issues impacting the secular movement; 

• Ability to often work independently and to solve problems; 

• Strong public speaking skills;

• Experience in writing talking points, strategies, position papers, and policy documents; and

  Experience working for a Member of Congress or a congressional Committee a plus.


How to Apply

Secular Coalition for America is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to careers@secular.org. Positions are full-time exempt and located in Washington, D.C.


Grassroots Coordinator 

Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Grassroots and Community Programs, and in collaboration with other members of the Secular Coalition staff, the Grassroots Coordinator will execute strategies to maximize the engagement of grassroots and community leaders and volunteers in federal, state, and local advocacy activities in support of the Secular Coalition's grassroots and community programs and strategic priorities.

Duties:

• Work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Grassroots and Community Programs, and the Director of Congressional Affairs in developing a strategic advocacy plan to implement the Secular Coalition's policy agenda (at both the state and Federal levels);

• In collaboration with Directors of Grassroots and Community Programs and Congressional Affairs, develop and execute strategies to increase the quantity, quality, and impact of SCA grassroots advocacy activities;

• Track state legislation and issue state Action Alerts and assist in issuing Federal action alerts;

• Assist with event planning, including coordination of grassroots and community component for events, including the Secular Coalition's annual Lobby Day;

• Work with Communications Associate to design and post strategic social media content and advertisements to support various advocacy campaigns and community programs;

• Assist with external communications to grassroots and community leaders; 

• Provide direct assistance to constituents participating in advocacy programs, including preparing constituents for meetings in their states/districts and work with SCA policy staff to seamlessly integrate grassroots advocacy with congressional lobbying;

• Provide direct assistance to community leaders participating in community programs;

• Assist with volunteer recruitment efforts;

• Vet, manage, and respond to incoming volunteer applications;

• Issue town hall alerts to Rapid Response Network;

• Collaborate and liaise with grassroots and community coordinators within the Secular Coalition's Member Organizations and partner organizations;

• Assist with maintenance of grassroots database and websites; 

• Assist with development and distribution of both new and existing resources for grassroots and community leaders and produce new resources, including toolkits, webinars and other training materials, reports, policy briefs, factsheets and talking points;

• Represent the Secular Coalition at outreach events as needed, including as an exhibitor and a presenter;

• Work with SCA Member Organizations to compile personal stories that help illustrate SCA and our Member Organizations' policy priorities in a compelling way;

• Track, manage, and distribute inventory of outreach materials, including tabling supplies and swag (buttons, stickers, and other branded giveaways); and

• Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

• Self-starter with an entrepreneurial character and ability to work independently; 

• Willingness and ability to adapt in a demanding, fast-paced, and dynamic work environment;

• Working knowledge of grassroots advocacy techniques, trends, and tools;

• Excellent project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail; 

• Ability to think critically and problem-solve;

• Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills;

• Positive teamwork skills;

• Proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office Suite - Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; 

• Experience with the use of social media platforms for advocacy campaigns;

• Bilingual in Spanish a plus, but not required; 

• Graphic design skills a plus, but not required; 

• Bachelor's degree or relevant comparable experience; and

• Experience in grassroots advocacy campaign or fundraising and knowledge of effective grassroots advocacy techniques is strongly preferred.

 

Internship Programs at the Secular Coalition for America

The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.

As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.

Internships for the Summer of 2018 are available. Contact Sarah Levin at Sarah@secular.org for more information.

Summer 2018 Internship Program 

The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Monday, May 28, 2018 through Friday, August, 17 2018. Summer interns must be available a minimum of 24 hours per week between 10 am and 6 pm. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.

To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Summerl 2018 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to sarah@secular.org. Applications are due by Friday, May 4 and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Students applying for the Legislative Internship must also submit a writing sample. 

Summer Internship

Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Familiarity with Wordpress, the Adobe Suite, graphic design software or video editing are a plus, but not required. Remote internships are available for exceptional candidates. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with drafting and segmenting Action Alerts 
  • Updating and maintaining SCA websites
  • Researching and updating media contact lists
  • Tracking and researching state legislation
  • Attending Hill briefings and drafting memos   
  • Researching local and national secular community events
  • Taking regular inventory of outreach materials
  • Assisting in event planning for outreach events 
  • Assisting with database management, specifically CiviCRM
  • Conducting and compiling opposition research

Summer Legislative Intern (Current Law Students Only)

The Secular Coalition for America is seeking a current law student to directly assist the Secular Coalition's policy department. This internship is ideal for first or second year law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Applicants for this position must submit a writing sample. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting memoranda
  • Analyzing statutes  
  • Writing policy papers 
  • Attending Hill meetings 
  • Researching case law and precedent 

 


 

 

 

 

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