Legislative & Policy Coordinator
(Full-Time)

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) exists to break the cycle of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment. OBT’s programs operate out of multiple locations and serve as a bridge to economic opportunity for youth, individuals, and families in underserved communities. OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants and private contributions.

We value the diversity of the people we hire. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

Please note: In accordance with NYC Mayoral Executive Order and mandate, OBT requires that all newly hired employees provide proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination upon hire and proof of full vaccination within 3 – 6 weeks after having received the 1st dose. Failure to provide proof of a second dose will result in being placed on unpaid leave immediately. Please contact hr@obtjobs.org with questions. 

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid Work Model)
Position Code: 87R12

Position Summary
OBT is seeking a Legislative & Policy Coordinator to assist with advocacy efforts at the state and federal level. The Legislative & Policy Coordinator helps develop and implement OBT’s advocacy strategies at the state and federal level. This position reports directly to the Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy (Director) and supports a broad range of activities on the external affairs team. The Legislative & Policy Coordinator will also work with the President & CEO and the Director to lobby in Washington D.C. on federal issue response and pertinent strategy implementation. This position is an integral member of a small team and may be asked to take on other responsibilities as needs arise. This individual will have excellent communication skills, a minimum of two years professional experience in public policy/advocacy fields, willingness to take on complex tasks, and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist CSO and Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy with development and execution of advocacy strategies.
  • Provide research, analysis, and draft responses to a range of policy issues impacting OBT participants.
  • Track, monitor, and analyze state and federal legislation.
  • Develop briefing materials and reports (oral and written) including legislative reports, one-page handouts, and talking points.
  • Draft comments, white papers, and other documents in response to key issues.
  • Attend hearings, workgroups, and other meetings as needed.
  • Participate on workgroups/taskforces as needed.
  • Collaborate with CSO and Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy on grassroots advocacy efforts and stakeholder outreach.
  • Coordinate member testimony, legislative visits, and workgroup meetings.
  • Plan and participate in OBT events as needed to enhance knowledge on key issues and OBT’s advocacy efforts.
  • Assist in lobbying efforts, responses to priority issues, and strategic communication to internal and external stakeholders.

Education/Experience/Qualifications 

  • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, and electronic).
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and debriefing complex issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field.
  • 2 years minimum experience with state and/or federal legislative process.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with broad range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers in a member-orientated collaborative environment.
  • Willingness to learn about and analyze new and/or complex issues .
  • Ability to complete projects efficiently and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Register as a lobbyist with the State of New York, preferred.
  • Experience lobbying at state or federal level.
  • Existing relationships with NYC legislators and key stakeholders.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations or associations.
  • Familiarity with federal legislative and budget functions and processes.
  • Graduate degree in public policy, law, or related field a plus.
  • Ability to work longer hours during legislative sessions.
  • Occasional overnight travel as needed.
  • Valid Driver’s License and proof of current automobile insurance.

Why You Should Join Us:

  • Salary: $55k (depending on qualifications and experience) + full benefits.
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities.

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