Summary

The Ohio Policy & Outreach Manager (The Manager) is a vital member of the Alliance’s campaign teams.  They work with the Director of Policy & Strategic Engagement and Planning Director to develop and implement policy, outreach and advocacy campaigns, heavily focused in Ohio, related to clean drinking water, water infrastructure funding and financing, ensuring affordability for Great Lakes residents and reducing agricultural pollution. The Manager primarily serves as a convener, organizer and relationship builder at the municipal level with an emphasis on advancing municipal policy issues and community outreach in Northeast Ohio. The majority of the Manager’s work is focused on local policy change ensuring clean affordable water in Cleveland and the outlying metro area.

The Manager also plays a key role in supporting state policy work, youth activation, community engagement and local stewardships programs. They work to identify and strengthen relationships with allies across Northeast Ohio to advance program and policy priorities. The Manager facilitates, coordinates and supports coalitions of government professionals, non-profits, and community organizations in advocating for the advancement of policy proposals related to water quality, drinking water, affordability, nutrient pollution mitigation and increased water infrastructure funding. They will work with a team of water planning, advocacy and communication leaders at the Alliance to shape policy and practices that builds on the clean water values of the Great Lakes.

A typical day might include: researching local policy opportunities related to water affordability and increasing investment in water infrastructure; meeting with environmental partners to hone policy advocacy strategies; meeting with local elected officials to educate them about our policy priorities; creating content for a report targeted at policy makers; leading a water advocacy workshop for community leaders, internal meetings with Ohio state level focused policy staff to help with advocacy related to agriculture and water issues; writing a blog post to communicate lessons learned in Cleveland municipal policy work; presenting your work at a conference; providing content for grant reports and contributing ideas for potential grant proposals; working with an internal staff committee on organizational culture, water equity efforts, or social planning.

The Manager reports to the Director of Policy & Strategic Engagement.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes sets a protection agenda for the Great Lakes, a resource of global significance and the world’s largest source of surface freshwater. The Alliance seeks to protect the Great Lakes from their greatest threats, build a resilient future for communities and instill the value of clean water throughout the region.

Responsibilities

Policy

  • Supports municipal level policy setting and advancement in Cleveland; Includes coordination of internal staff and external partners.
  • Researches, recommends and advances program priorities related to drinking water, water infrastructure, affordability and agriculture & water.
  • Works on the Ohio state level policy team in the Alliance’s Clean Water for People and Agriculture & Water Campaign Teams. This includes management of special projects and programs related to the advancement of policies related to drinking water, water infrastructure, and affordability.
  • Makes public presentations in a variety of contexts to advance Alliance policy priorities.
  • Internal thought leader that helps set the organization’s policy positions, actions and strategic relationship building.

Outreach

  • Builds and sustains relationships with important decision makers in Ohio, predominantly Cleveland.
  • Generates innovative approaches to creating and leveraging influential connections and relationships outside of the traditional environmental community.
  • Coalition building: builds and sustains networks of people, and public and private organizations that can create policy change. The Manager also seeks ways for the Alliance to use our capacity and expertise to jointly advance the work of community partner groups.
  • Works with volunteer and education staff to support volunteer and youth engagement.

 Project & Event Coordination

  • Coordinate events and workshops to build broader community support for water infrastructure policies and programs.
  • Develop and coordinate shared work plans, virtual work spaces and calendars for Alliance staff and project partners.
  • Track and report on grant deliverables, project budgets and expenses.
  • Coordinate partners’ and consultants’ scopes of work.

 Administrative

    • Create opportunities to add capacity to Alliance work through affiliate program and fellowships.
    • Communicate to senior staff regarding community-identified needs and potential opportunities for Alliance work in northern Ohio and opportunities to connect that to state level policy work.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Demonstrated experience motivating and working persuasively with a wide variety of stakeholders of all ages and backgrounds, including civic groups, schools, agency staff and community-based organizations.
  • Bachelor degree plus 1-3 years of experience in coalition building, grassroots organizing, civic engagement or related field.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to quickly translate ideas into on-the-ground actions, test for success and shift tactics as needed.
  • Highly organized facilitator with strong leadership and diplomacy skills.
  • Demonstrated experience motivating and working persuasively to build policy support from a wide variety of stakeholders of varying demographics and backgrounds, including civic groups, agency staff, businesses, and community-based organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to listening and responding to the needs and demands of individuals and partner organizations both within and outside of the environmental community.
  • Basic understanding of relevant federal and state water policies such as the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Fundamental commitment to socioeconomic and racial equity in water services and demonstrated skills in identifying policy options that advance equity.
  • Ability to create short-term wins that also build lasting and unifying long-term power.
  • Keen understanding of the dynamics of project and policy implementation within public agencies.
  • Strong listening, written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to filter information and summarize key points from phone calls and meetings to inform decisions by the Policy Director.
  • Ability to manage multiple pieces of work in a fast-paced environment and shift focus quickly from one priority to another.
  • Ability to manage complicated logistics and multiple details for meetings and events.
  • Ability to collaboratively work with a staff team located in different offices with varying types of expertise and priorities.

Job Parameters

  • This position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy. Salary to be commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vacation, along with a retirement plan after 1 year of service.
  • The strong preference is for this position to be located in Cleveland, Ohio. Travel around Ohio and within the Great Lakes region is necessary.

Application Process

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to: hr@greatlakes.org. Include job title in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until mid-March or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists. No phone inquiries please.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The search process will reinforce the Alliance’s belief that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.

 

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