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National Alliance Manager

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a non-profit organization that inspires and guides people to step forward and take action rooted in their community and stay true to themselves. We work with individuals, organizations and communities to turn outward and develop their ability to make more intentional choices and judgments that may lead to impact. After 20 years of innovating, we are taking our approach to scale in order to allow people to make these ideas their own.
Over the last two years we have shifted our business model to reflect three main strategies to spread our work nationwide: 1) creating strategic alliances with nationally-networked and other organizations such as United Way Worldwide, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and AARP, which are embedding our approach to drive their daily change efforts; 2) taking our work directly to people by packaging it in more accessible ways and finding new ways to disseminate it; and 3) inserting our voice into the discussion and debate on public life through national thought and opinion leadership. Through these strategies we are increasing our reach, scaling our approach, and more effectively getting our work directly into the hands of people nationwide, all who have aspirations for improving their communities and seeking ways to step forward and create positive change and be part of something larger than themselves.
Position Overview
We are seeking an individual to spearhead the managing of our relationships with national, regional and local alliance leaders, partners and key donors that are applying our work, and aligning our internal efforts around this work. This role will be critical in driving performance and effectiveness across multiple partnership relationships.
This position is ideal for someone who wants to play at a national level, work with innovative partners and groups, and help to scale a tested-approach to bringing about hope and positive change in communities. The individual must be a high-energy, problem-solver, work well across teams, be detail oriented, and a sense of humor is always important. If you have a proven track record of managing relationships and strategies as well as project management – whether in the non-profit, government, consulting, corporate, political, or social entrepreneurship world – we want to hear from you.
Key Responsibilities
• Manage partner/alliance relationships with national and regional organizations, to adopt and disseminate Harwood ideas and tools, including:
o Cultivating and shaping alliances and partnerships – from conceptual design, to structure and format, including financial arrangements;
o Working directly with senior executives on continued alliance work to make sure strategic goals are met;
o Ensuring processes and protocols are in place and we remain aligned with the Harwood mission;
o Scheduling and leading partner/alliance strategy development meetings.
• Internal alignment to ensure clear direction on deliverables, timelines and role responsibilities:
o Create alliance timelines, task management plans and internal deadlines to ensure goals are met;
o Lead coordination of internal partnership planning and execution;
o Budget development support;
o Identify problems/roadblocks and surface innovative solutions to the team;
o Work with team on evaluation process and ensuring our work and pockets of change are well-documented.
• Support of research and fundraising efforts:
o Gather stakeholder/affiliate/partner data as necessary for proposal development;
o Research potential key partners at events for business development.
The ideal candidate for this position will have the following characteristics:
• A keen affection for public life and the belief in the ability of people to make a difference in their communities.
• Able to develop and manage important relationships with top-level executives of national organizations, foundations and constituency groups.
• Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 1-3 years of direct project and relationship management experience.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and perform a variety of tasks with varying levels of responsibilities while working independently and in collaborative group settings and meeting strict deadlines.
• Strong organizational, administrative and computer skills.
• Strong communication skills: excellent writer, active listener, and good presenter.
• Team player: must be able to work across organization and with multiple vendors, consultants and partners. Must enjoy give and take.
• Able to interact with tact and professionalism with a diverse set of staff, board and volunteers.
• Experience working with and managing budgets, establishing policies and implementing controls.
To Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary history (As a Word attachment). Include National Alliance Manager in the Subject line of your email. Send to: No phone calls, please. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes excellent benefits. All applicant submissions must be received by January 31, 2011. Please be able to submit 3 references (including a former professional manager) and a writing sample may be requested.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Media Aide

Full-time consultant/contract position
The Harwood Institute seeks a qualified candidate to fill a new full-time temporary position as a Media Aide intended to target media and public positioning opportunities for the Institute, and specifically for its President and Founder, Rich Harwood. We are seeking someone who has a “campaign mentality” and the tenaciousness to keep trying even when they are told no.
Over the past 20 years, the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, led by its president, Richard Harwood, has been called upon hundreds of times to serve as a voice for the public good and helping people create the change they seek. Now more than ever in this climate of polarization and political gridlock, this voice is desperately needed in the national debate to help bring people together and generate solutions. It’s time for a reasonable voice in these unreasonable times. And we are ready to step forward to be a voice our country desperately needs right now.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in executing media strategies and key placements for organizations and/or individuals, i.e., media relations, speaking opportunities and relationship building with media influencers. They will possess a Bachelor’s Degree and at least two to three years experience in political campaigns, organizing/advocacy, or other similar outreach and/or media relations roles. This individual will work closely with the Institute’s senior leadership to ensure national media appearances, prominent speaking opportunities and interaction with top leaders in government and the civic community.
This role is structured as a full-time consultant/contract position and will be evaluated and/or renewed based on meeting contract deliverables.
• Target media outlets (TV, print, online, radio, etc.) to insert Rich Harwood’s voice and writing into the national debate;
• Pitch stories, podcasts, blogs, op-eds, and letters to the editor to national and regional newspapers, TV and radio stations, and to online outlets;
• Set up speaking engagements and develop media talking points and press materials;
• Research media trends and issues of interest to media;
• Prepare background materials for distribution;
• Assist in expanding the Institutes social media outreach on twitter and facebook;
• Track media contacts, placements and accomplishments and leverage to build momentum;
• Coordinate with internal Institute staff to ensure brand consistency and linkages to all other communications and positioning work.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following characteristics:
• A keen affection for public life and the belief in the ability of people to make a difference in their communities
• Bachelor’s Degree and at least two to three years experience in government, political campaigns or other similar media relations roles
• Strong writing and research skills a must
• Ability to communicate thoughts clearly and simply, and persuasively, both orally and in writing
• Demonstrated initiative and good judgment. Decision-making and problem-solving skills essential
• Outgoing personality, self-confidence, tenacity, and enthusiasm for what we are trying to accomplish
• Assertive but able to participate as part of a team and be open to new ideas
• A sense of humor and creativity is important
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary history (As a Word attachment). Include Media Aide in the Subject line of your email. Send to: No phone calls, please. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. All applicant submissions must be received by January 15, 2011. Please be able to submit 3 references (including a former professional manager) and a writing sample may be requested.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunity
Policy Advocacy/Project Manager
Robert M. Brandon & Associates, a small, progressive public affairs and strategic management firm specializing in communications, public interest and grassroots advocacy, and organizational development, seeks an individual with experience in project management, communications and issue campaigns. Work involves communications and press relations, outreach and coalition building among national and local organizations, public policy research and drafting written material (issue briefs, press releases, op-eds, etc.) on a variety of issues. Our current projects involve health care reform, digital information policy, college access and affordability, tax reform and budget issues, and other consumer concerns. Potential applicants should be highly organized and possess both excellent writing skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Previous experience with a non-profit organization, media and/or legislative work, and/or political or grassroots campaigns preferred. Experience at web-based campaigns a plus. Applicants will have three to six years of work experience (job responsibilities to vary accordingly). The successful candidate will be creative, public-interest minded, and detail-oriented. S/he will possess a can-do attitude and the flexibility and good humor necessary among staff in a small office. We offer a competitive salary and health benefits. Position will be open until filled. Please forward cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to . Please visit for further information about our firm. No phone calls please. Brandon & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior House Democrat seeks Political Assistant in Leadership PAC

Responsibilities include:

-Day-to-day office administration
-Event correspondence and follow-up
-Updating website and maintaining email lists.
-Drafting newsletters
-Monitoring election returns for Member
-Drafting event briefings
-Managing all logistical aspects of Member's political travel schedule
(book flights, book hotels, maintain contact with campaign staff to
confirm details of events)
-Completing research projects at the request of Political Director and
-Directly supervise interns

-Candidate must be a good writer, have excellent attention to detail,
and good interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly adapt to new tasks
is a must.

-Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references
(at least one from relevant work experience) to

Political Assistant Job Jan 05 12:11PM -0800 ^


Senior House Democrat seeks Political Assistant in Leadership PAC

Responsibilities include:

-Day-to-day office administration
-Event correspondence and follow-up
-Updating website and maintaining email lists.
-Drafting newsletters
-Monitoring election returns for Member
-Drafting event briefings
-Managing all logistical aspects of Member's political travel schedule
(book flights, book hotels, maintain contact with campaign staff to
confirm details of events)
-Completing research projects at the request of Political Director and
-Directly supervise interns

-Candidate must be a good writer, have excellent attention to detail,
and good interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly adapt to new tasks
is a must.

-Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 references
(at least one from relevant work experience) to

 Topic: Senior Vice President for Political Affairs
Kimberly Grantham Jan 05 05:17PM -0500 ^


League of Conservation Voters

Job Openings

Title: Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Status: Exempt

Reports To: President

General Description:
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. The SVP for Political Affairs develops and implements overall strategy for LCV's political and public education programs in order to support short term and long term organizational goals, leads staff to fulfill the organization's mission, works with the President in visioning the organization's role within the political landscape and utilizes multiple strategies to ensure effective and creative programs. As an LCV Executive Team Member, maintains organizational oversight and contributes to the successful operation of the organization.

Specific (Essential) Responsibilities:

* Directs programs and projects including electoral and public education campaigns; ensures successful implementation of programs.

* Provides leadership and vision to the division staff to achieve results; manages division staff.

* Analyzes effectiveness of programs. Provides reports to colleagues, president and the board of directors.

* Monitors and analyzes the political landscape to determine programmatic goals and adjusts programmatic priorities appropriately.

* Forecasts political trends; establishes LCV as a leader in new initiatives.

* Works collaboratively with LCV Board of Directors, national and state groups and other nonprofits.

* Interacts with State LCVs to build and strengthen the league movement.

* Cultivates relationships with major donors and funders.

* Keeps abreast of subject area through various means including developing and maintaining relationships with senior political contacts, participating in events, membership in organizations, etc.

* Serves as subject matter expert to President.

* Serves on Political Committee in executive capacity.

* Develops and manages division budget.

* Represents the organization to an array of groups including administration and elected officials, nonprofit community, political community, funders and the press.

* Occasionally serves as spokesperson for the organization.

* Other duties as assigned.


Director of Data and Analytics, Campaigns Director, Campaigns Assistant


* Education: College Degree in political science, communications, public relations, journalism, English or related field; graduate degree preferred.

* Work Experience: Ten years progressively responsible management experience in electoral campaigns and issue advocacy including experience in communications. Excellent management, program development and organizational skills. Demonstrated relationship with political opinion leaders, members of Congress and political party committees.

* Skills: Strong interpersonal and communications skills; working knowledge of federal election laws and laws governing 501(c)3 and 501 (c)4 operations; proficient with word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint preferred). Knowledge of environmental issues desirable. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and make deadlines.

* Capabilities: Commitment to bipartisanship; entrepreneurial focus; ability to work collaboratively; demonstrated relationship building skills; solid judgment; critical thinking skills; a sense of teamwork and community; ability to handle multiple tasks; highly organized.

* Conditions: Able to work hours in excess of stated office hours to get the job done; ability to travel.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to<> with SVP Political Affairs in the subject line by February 4, 2011, or mail to League of Conservation Voters, Attn: Human Resources, 1920 L Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. No phone calls please.
 Topic: International Trade Policy Analyst at Friends of the Earth
Nick Berning Jan 05 02:57PM -0500 ^

*Friends of the Earth US*

* *

*Job title: International Trade Policy Analyst *

*Position location: Washington, DC*

*Position reports to: Coordinator, Economic Policy Project*

Friends of the Earth U.S. and our network of grassroots groups in 77
countries are fighting to defend the environment and create a more healthy
and just world. We're hard-hitting, progressive environmental advocates that
pull no punches and speak sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It's an
approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories
that have protected our planet and its people.

In accomplishing our mission, Friends of the Earth (FOE) is working at the
nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to
fundamentally transform the way our country and the world values people and
the environment. We are focused on reforming economic drivers such as tax
or trade policy that are often used to empower corporations and government
to harm the environment.

Friends of the Earth has campaigned on international trade issues for more
than 15 years. Through direct advocacy, public education and policy
analysis, we seek to eliminate trade and investment rules that threaten
environmental protection, while advancing economic policies that promote
sustainable development, human rights, and corporate accountability. The
trade campaign supports other FOE programs such as our work on biofuels,
climate and energy, food and technology, and Green Scissors (eliminating
environmentally harmful subsidies).

The International Trade Policy Analyst at Friends of the Earth is
responsible for:

- Collaborating with various Friends of the Earth campaigns to develop
trade-related analysis and support issue advocacy;

- Working with coalitions to develop and execute trade-related

- Analyzing the environmental aspects of US and international trade
and investment policy, including bilateral investment treaties, regional
free trade agreements such as the Transpacific Partnership, and World Trade
Organization agreements;

- Conducting lobbying and organizing, both domestically and
internationally, to further the goals of the project;

- Producing fact sheet and reports;

- Conducting media outreach and representing Friends of the Earth in
the press and to the public.

*Requirements and Special Knowledge *

This position requires five years of experience in campaigning and policy
advocacy, preferably on trade-related matters.

Strong candidates will have experience working with diverse coalitions, both
domestic and international; and proven abilities to conduct effective
advocacy campaigns. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are
required; Spanish a plus.


* *

This position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
Benefits package includes healthcare, paid vacation, sick leave, and an
employee contribution-based retirement plan.

*To Apply *

* *

E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to with
the subject heading “International Trade Policy Analyst.” No mail
applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

 Topic: Senior Democratic Job
SeniorDemocraticJob Jan 05 10:11AM -0800 ^

Senior Congressional Democrat is seeking applications for a Candidate
Services Director. The Candidate Services Director will be
responsible for furthering the relationship of Members and candidates
with the DC PAC community, prospecting donors nationally, and
coordinating the Member’s fundraising work on behalf of the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee.


· Manage and enhance existing Member and candidate fundraising
assistance operation

· Raise and exceed the Member’s financial obligation to the
DCCC, DCCC Red to Blue candidates, and DCCC Frontline Members

· Develop and manage Member and candidate assistance finance

· Develop new national donor relationships for the Member and
the DCCC

· Develop and implement donor communications strategy
including solicitation mail and online outreach

· Staff Member on fundraising trips outside of Washington

· Staff call time with Member

· Coordinate Member’s political schedule for 2012 Democratic
National Convention

Skills and Background:

· Knowledge of the PAC community

· Experience building and managing fundraising events
including building events remotely

· At least two cycles fundraising for a Member or candidate
for House of Representatives

· Experience staffing candidate call time

· The right candidate will be personally well organized and
have exceptional attention to detail.

Please send resume, writing sample, salary requirements and three
references to References should
include one Member or Senior Staffer to a member, one PAC
representative, and one representative from a Democratic aligned
organization (labor, environmental, ideological).

Legal Assistant Position at Catalist

Catalist is presently seeking a recent graduate/graduate student for
the position of Legal Assistant to General Counsel. Candidates should
have a passion for progressive causes. Skills preferred include:
• Responsible for management of digital and hard copy legal filing.
• Responsible for preparation and management of contracts.
• Manages the tracking and approval process for contracts.
• Responsible for the briefing and management of new employees with
respect to company compliance documentation.
• Assist General Counsel in scheduling, the production and vetting of
legal documentation, and ensuring quick and accurate turn-around.
• Owns the production and maintenance of legal inventory spreadsheets,
ensuring quick and efficient access to information on current
Departmental Goals and Objectives:
• Serves as legal advisor on all major business transactions: manages
legal aspects of deals and transactions, including acquisitions, and
helps negotiate legal/structural and business issues, and draft
• Provides continuing counsel and guidance to the company and its
senior management on legal matters and on legal implications of all
matters related to the business.
• Review, draft and negotiate company contracts.
• Develops and implements procedures necessary or advisable to satisfy
the company’s risk management objectives, including SEC and FEC
compliance and legal reports.
• Manages Company’s intellectual property portfolio, including owned
and licensed trademarks and copyrights.
• Provides assistance and legal oversight relative to the company’s
investor relations and public relations activities.
• Provides counsel and guidance on employment related matters,
including the preparation and execution of job offer letters, employee
contracts and related HR issues.
• Manages litigation matters of the company including analysis of the
threat and merits of disputes and court cases, appropriate defense,
prevention and strategic measures, and negotiation and approval of
settlements where warranted.
• Develop, implement and manage Legal functions to operate in
conjunction with Accounting, HR, and Operations to support the
Catalist internal organization and customers.
• Provide legal guidance and support pertaining to internal product
and service development and assist in customer service being a
valuable consistent contributor to team efforts.
Position is compensated on a salaried basis. Please email cover
letter, resume and references to Matt Fogarty at
No calls, please. Due to the number of responses, we are only able to
contact candidates who will be invited to interview.


Now Hiring: Government Affairs Associate
Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking a full
time Government Affairs Associate
to work with the Government Affairs & Outreach team and coalition partners to
engage and educate Congress and the Administration on the benefits of smart
growth and sustainable communities. The Government Affairs Associate will work
on issues including housing, tax and finance, transportation, fiscally
responsible development, and other community development issues. The position
features a great deal of responsibility, significant Capitol Hill and
Administration engagement, direct collaboration with leading national
organizations, and valuable hands
on experience.

Smart Growth America is a national non
profit organization with over 100
coalition members working at the federal, state, and regional levels to support
coordination of development, transportation, revitalization of older areas and
preservation of open space. For more information about our work, please visit

Responsibilities will include:
·* Manage existing and develop new relationships with Congressional
·* Create supporting materials for legislative proposals, including sign
on letters, talking points, and fact sheets.
·* Engage coalition partners in advocacy and media efforts, including
organizing advocacy days, sign on letters and district meetings.
* Track and analyze existing and proposed administrative and legislative
policy for incorporation of smart growth topics.

* Develop and provide feedback on policy proposals for Congressional and
Administrative officials.
* Research and write white papers, policy reports and other materials
related to the connection between smart growth and state and national policy

·* A self
motivated, detailoriented person with strong organizational,
communication, and research skills and the ability to work independently with
minimal supervision. He or she should be comfortable working in a fast
environment and demonstrate an ability to work on multiple projects at the same

* A candidate with federal policy knowledge of financial services,
housing, transportation, or community development will be preferred.*·
Candidates should have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and an educational
background or work experience in real estate, economics, tax, housing policy,
urban planning, sustainable communities, or a related field.

*· One to three years of relevant work experience on the hill, with a
federal agency, or working on federal advocacy is required.

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience. SGA provides
excellent benefits, competitive with non
profit organizations in the Washington,
DC region.

How to apply:
To be considered for this position, please submit application materials A complete application will include: 1) resume,
2) cover letter, 3) three references, and 4) short writing sample (not to exceed
two pages).

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Job is available
Equal Opportunity Employment: Smart Growth America is an equal opportunity

Membership Intern- Washington, DC office

The membership intern is an important part of Ocean Conservancy's membership
team. The intern will work under the supervision of the Manager, Member
Programs and Member Service Coordinator by assisting with data entry, direct
mail, in house premium fulfillment, customer service and other
administrative duties. The intern will also assist the M.S.C. in managing
Ocean Conservancy's membership in EarthShare and will accompany him to
outreach events as part of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Customer service experience and excellent computer skills are preferred.

Mature and professional demeanor, willingness to take direction and a
commitment to the mission of Ocean Conservancy is required. This internship
is an excellent opportunity to learn important and marketable skills
essential to anyone seeking entry level employment in the non profit field.

$10.00 per hour, with the opportunity for travel stipends and academic
credit. 30-40 hour per week commitment preferred but flexibility will be
offered to qualified candidates who are in school, etc. Ocean Conservancy's
Washington, DC office is conveniently located on the corner of 19th and N;
down the block from the Dupont Circle metro.

To apply please submit a brief statement of interest and resume to


All you talented students and activists - come our way!!




*Choice USA is Looking for Washington, DC Interns!!!*

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for Spring
2011 is January 17th!

Choice USA envisions a world where all people have agency over their own
bodies and relationships AND the power, knowledge and tools to exercise that
agency. Choice USA builds this vision by engaging young people in creating
and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing
training, field mobilization, and nation leadership for youth-driven
reproductive justice agenda.

*Spring Internship*

Choice USA seeks committed, individuals who are passionate about
reproductive/social justice to join our team. As an intern for Choice USA
you'll get an inside understanding of the fight to attain reproductive
justice both locally and at the federal level in the nation's capital, as
well as an opportunity to hone your professional skills in a fast-paced

* *


Choice USA interns conduct meaningful tasks and are responsible for their
own individual projects. Choice USA provides substantial projects in the
areas of:

- *Field*: research, policy, outreach and trainings
- *Communications*: website, blog, social media and online outreach


- Currently enrolled in a 2 year or 4 year institution
- Ability to commit to working a minimum of 15-20 hours per week.
- A passion for reproductive justice and social justice issues
- A commitment to youth activism
- Active member of a Choice USA Chapter or Affiliate and/or associated
with a reproductive justice organization is preferred
- Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the

* *

*Salary:* Unpaid, volunteer internship. Can be completed for college credit.
Interns must provide their own housing and transportation.

*To Apply:*

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply for a
Choice USA Spring Internship, please send a cover letter, resume, three
references, and picture [optional] to Kelley Robinson,, with the subject Re: Choice USA Spring Internship.
No phone calls please.

*The Final Deadline for Spring 2011 is January 17, 2011.*

*Choice USA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender people and those with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.*

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