Job Title: Legislative Fellow
Supervisor: Senior Organizing Manager
Schedule: 10/week, with occasional weeknight and weekend availability
Location: This fellowship program will be hybrid. Our legislative field efforts will be virtual and in-person at the capitol in Olympia. Our in-person activities will depend on federal, state, and local health guidelines. The fellow’s individual project work will take place remotely.
Pro-Choice Washington seeks one fellow to join our organizing team this winter. This program is designed for fellows to gain exposure to political and legislative organizing, volunteer management, and issue-based advocacy.
The legislative fellow will support Pro-Choice Washington with organizing our annual advocacy week where our activists lobby their lawmakers on our 2023 reproductive freedom agenda. They will also support with in-person legislative activities including in-person testimony, rallies, and in-person lobbying meetings.
Finally, the legislative fellow will conduct a community engagement project to support our 2023 legislative priorities and work on a collaborative project that aligns with the fellow’s interests and Pro-Choice Washington’s priorities.
Pro-Choice Washington, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, is the leading grassroots advocacy organization for reproductive freedom in Washington state. We believe every person deserves equitable access to affordable, unbiased, quality abortion and reproductive healthcare within their community.
Pro-Choice Washington’s advocacy work is complemented by the Pro-Choice Washington Foundation and the Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee. The Pro-Choice Washington Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and the research and education arm of our movement, focusing on grassroots capacity building, community and lawmaker issue education, policy change, and leadership development.
The Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) helps elect reproductive rights and justice champions at all levels of state and local government. It directs financial and in-kind contributions to candidates endorsed by Pro-Choice Washington and who are aligned with our values and our communities’ needs.
Our organization is powered by the voices of more than 25,000 members across the state who are speaking up for reproductive rights through advocacy, community engagement, and education. You can learn more about our organization at prochoicewashington.org.
Thoughtful Decision-Making: We believe in the things that are working and in approaching new challenges with creativity, open-mindedness, and intentionality.
Boundaries and Self-Care: We believe in identifying and facilitating actions, approaches, and individual boundaries that replenish our energy and excitement about this work.
Collective Success: We believe in the importance of systems-thinking and working toward non-competitive and collaborative community growth.
Safe Spaces and Shared Solutions: We believe in ensuring a safe working environment to express fears and frustrations, which allows us to atone for mistakes and to solve challenges as they arise. We believe in shared solutions and a forward momentum to our work.
‘Impacted Leadership’ and ‘Privileged Support’: As is well-articulated by adrienne maree brown, we believe in being led by folks most impacted by the issues we work on with support from those in positions of privilege.
Living Our Values: We believe in putting into action the values that we hold and espouse as an institution via organizational practices, policies, strategies, and partnerships.
Transparent Decision-making: We value transparency and insight into organizational processes and decisions, and collaborative decision-making whenever possible.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Supporting the creation of Pro-Choice Washington’s annual legislative advocacy week
- Supporting the creation of in-person and online legislative programming events
- Engagement with Pro-Choice Washington activists for legislative actions & activities via phone calls, emails, and virtual & in-person meetings
- Conducting and participating in field activities that support the passage of Pro-Choice Washington’s 2023 reproductive freedom agenda & support legislation
- Recruiting and facilitating storytellers that support the passage of Pro-Choice Washington’s 2023 reproductive freedom agenda and support legislation
- Reaching and coordinating constituent meetings with lawmaker’s offices
- Organizing and supporting Pro-Choice Washington activists’ meetings with lawmakers
- Issue research to support Pro-Choice Washington’s 2023 legislative priorities
- Participation in Pro-Choice Washington’s community events
- Data entry and EveryAction (CMR) support
- A strong personal commitment to intersectional reproductive freedom
- A passion for organizing and a desire to learn about the movement for abortion and reproductive rights
- An interest in state and local political & legislative process
- A willingness to talk to strangers in-person and on the phone
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong communication, writing, organization, and computer skills
- Flexibility, reliability, and a willingness to learn
Desired & Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Deep commitment to equity, racial, economic, gender, and social justice, and strong alignment with our organizational values
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, members, and partners
- Demonstrated success at cultivating and sustaining respectful relationships with a wide range of diverse stakeholders, while centering values of collaboration, empathy, and direct communication
- A minimum of two years of experience in organizing volunteers or activists on issue-based or electoral campaigns
- Interest in mentoring staff and volunteers
- Self-starter and able to work independently
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while nurturing and sustaining a team culture built on trust, collaboration, flexibility, and humor
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Pro-Choice Washington, and a deep understanding of the intersectional components of reproductive freedom
- Experience developing and implementing public policy, political, and electoral strategies
- Experience designing campaign plans
- Background and community relationships in the South Puget Sound and Kitsap Peninsula
- Mastery of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds from floor to waist high. Work is primarily performed remotely with occasional in-person meetings and events. Half-time position, with some flexibility in hours possible for the right candidate. Occasional evenings and weekend work are likely. Occasional travel within Washington state.
Please email a cover letter, addressed to Gabbi Nazari, Senior Organizing Manager, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Legislative Fellowship” as soon as possible and no later than December 9, 2022, as the position may be filled sooner. All applications will be reviewed, but only those demonstrating a strong alignment with the position description will be contacted for additional information. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the requirements – commitment to the mission and a willingness to problem-solve is highly valued. Referrals to potential candidates are welcome. No phone calls please.
Pro-Choice Washington is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. We also engage in anti-discriminatory hiring practices, folks who are women, queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, have different abilities, are immigrants are encouraged to apply.