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||West Virginia Director of Public Affairs
||Planned Parenthood Health Systems
||FULL-TIME POSITION LOCATED IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The WV Director of Public Affairs is focused on planning and implementing the PPHS grassroots and electoral advocacy programs for West Virginia, serving as our primary public spokesperson and media contact and serves as the chief lobbyist representing PPHS to West Virginia?s governmental entities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
a. Reviewing all legislation introduced/amended and analyzing relevant proposals to determine effect on PPHS interests.
b. Monitoring bill status/content, hearings, vote counts, anti-choice activity, voting records, etc., and promptly reporting such information to PPHS' Director of Public Affairs.
c. Developing and maintaining good working relationships with key legislators and other public officials. This includes the Governor's office, appropriate state agencies, legislative leadership, relevant committee chairs, and other lobbyists through personal visits, correspondence, phone, etc.
d. Articulating the position of PPHS on relevant legislation to all members of the West Virginia Legislature verbally and through written documentation.
e. Participating regularly with Planned Parenthood staff in developing legislative strategy and activities in the Capitol, at the grassroots level, and in coordination with other Planned Parenthood departments and/or coalition groups.
f. Planning and executing on-the-scene legislative strategy.
g. Providing advice and direction to PPHS staff and volunteers concerning the need for direct involvement with the legislature and for testimony by PPHS persons or others on behalf of Planned Parenthood.
h. Developing and maintaining relationships with subject-matter experts in the areas of healthcare policy, law and medicine; identifies individuals willing to provide expert and constituent testimony in legislative, legal and advocacy efforts.
2. Grassroots Advocacy Duties
a. Lead message and advocacy trainings for staff, activists, and supporters b. Work with PPHS? lobbyists, state directors and field staff in the planning and implementation of PPHS' governmental and policy advocacy within our four states.
c. In consultation with the VP of Public Affairs, develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan that includes field, legislative and administrative goals for public affairs within the state.
d. Plan opportunities for citizen lobby days when appropriate, including the briefing and coordination of volunteer lobbyists in the Capitol.
e. Initiates in-district meetings for constituents and legislators in targeted districts.
f. Plans and directs clinic advocacy projects and other opportunities for recruiting and demonstrating grassroots support.
g. Manage and supervise field and/or volunteer teams to implement strategic and field goals and objectives outlined in grassroots campaign plans.
h. Communicating with volunteers and staff members to accomplish direct and grassroots lobbying goals.
a. Direct implementation of statewide electoral strategies and plans to include targeting, organizing goals, earned media objectives, budget, vendor and consultant management such as mail and phone, voter registration, voter education and GOTV efforts.
b. Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding 501c(3), 501c(4) and PAC activities.
c. Manage candidate endorsement process for state legislative, judicial & statewide office races for PPHS Action Fund including candidate viability assessment, questionnaire development and interviews.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Preparing written materials including correspondence, reports, and advocacy materials.
b. Write and issue timely press releases, coordinate press conferences, update media lists, and cultivate and maintain relationships with journalists.
c. Provide regular updates and content to social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and Blog.
d. Spokesperson for PPHS; represent PPHS at public events, in coalition, and in media interviews e. Write and coordinate legislative alerts, advocacy updates, and policy briefs.
f. Work with PPFA on the implementation of national campaigns and programs in the state as appropriate.
g. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director of Public Affairs.
Education: Bachelor's degree in relevant field.
Experience: Requires two years minimum experience in Public Affairs, Government Relations, Public Policy and lobbying. Must have strong organizational, research, writing and community organizing skills. Must have leadership abilities and strategic thinking skills. Knowledge of or experience with reproductive health issues would be a plus.
Personal: Understanding of and commitment to PPHS goals and mission. Must be able to work independently, as part of a team and have strong team-building skills. Flexible, creative and have a sense of humor. Extensive travel required.
Vision: Use of automobile required. Required to read and analyze data daily.
Hearing and Speaking: Required to communicate with staff and public in person and via telephone daily.
Agility and Dexterity: Physical dexterity to input and retrieve data daily. Required to perform written communication and use office equipment necessary to the performance of job duties (computer, printer, fax, telephone, calculator, copy machine).
Mental: Required to read, comprehend and analyze data daily.
||Apr 6 2013 12:00AM
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