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  Policy & Program Assistant 

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

To support the work of the Public Policy & Advocacy Department and the Mission Impact and Program Department.

ORGANIZATION HISTORY AND IMPACT:

YWCA is one of oldest and largest multicultural women’s organizations in the United States, with more than 2 million participants in 1,300 locations throughout the U.S. Worldwide, YWCA engages more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform.
YWCA USA recognizes the intersecting issues related to social justice – all common threads that unite YWCAs across the country. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

WEBSITE: www.ywca.org

BASIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy and the Vice President of Mission Impact, the Policy & Program Assistant will provide administrative support for the Public Policy & Advocacy and Mission Impact teams, support the planning and execution of events, and support core team responsibilities related to advocacy engagement, public policy research, mission impact, collective YWCA impact, and program development. The Policy & Program Assistant will:

• Provide general administrative support, including scheduling meetings, arranging travel, preparing expense reports, tracking departmental outcome metrics, posting content on YWCA’s website and action center, assembling meeting packets, and maintaining files and databases

• Generate, copy edit and format internal and external facing reports, fact sheets, action alerts, blogs, newsletters, correspondence, website content, and other written documents

• Support organization, preparation and execution of conferences, events and meetings, including Stand Against Racism, Week Without Violence, Leadership and Capacity Building Institute, national conference, local leader fly-ins, and state advocacy events

• Support administration of a selection of mission impact groups and network affinity groups

• Respond to requests for information and support, including monitoring Public Policy & Advocacy and Mission Impact email boxes, answering requests for information about YWCA public policy priorities, organizational metric and impact reports, and mission impact and program information

• Assist with field action alert activity, and monitoring federal policy developments and local association advocacy activities

• Conduct web-based, legislative, and other research to support mission impact, program, public policy and advocacy objectives as needed

• Support metric efforts of the organization, including data procurement, organization, and report production

• Attend briefings and other external events as needed

• Provide other program, administrative, and organization-wide support as needed/assigned.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

• A college degree or equivalent work experience
• 1-2 years prior experience working in an office setting, experience working in a legislative or policy setting strongly preferred
• Strong proofreading, copyediting, writing, and oral communication skills
• Strong computer skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook), including experience scheduling meetings in Outlook and utilizing shared documents through SharePoint, Google Docs, or similar online collaboration tools
• Flexibility, good judgment, attention to detail, and the ability to handle multiple, concurrent tasks, and consistently prioritize as warranted
• Excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, self-directed and independent, with a good sense of humor
• A demonstrated commitment to YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The selected candidate must be passionate about the mission of the YWCA. S/he must be a strong leader with a track record of success and capacity to coordinate and provide thought leadership to varied efforts across a broad array of organizational departments and initiatives, and maneuver effectively in an environment of notable change and organizational development.

The successful candidate will bring creativity, entrepreneurial energy, outstanding personal skills, emotional intelligence, intellectual prowess, and a strong commitment to YWCA mission objectives. S/he will have the ability to multi-task and work independently and as a member of a team, keeping both details and the big picture in mind.

S/he must have the ability to identify and set priorities while building and managing a wide variety of relationships and stakeholders. The candidate must be an intelligent, persuasive, hardworking advocate and ambassador for the YWCA.

TO APPLY: Please email with "Policy & Program Assistant" as the subject line to jobs@ywca.org. Include a cover letter, resume, salary history including desired salary, earliest start date, and a writing sample.

YWCA USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status.
Location:Washington, DC 20036 US View Map
Date Posted:02/28/2018
Date Last Modified:02/28/2018
Start Date:2/28/2018 
Hours per week:Full-time 
Salary: 
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Contact:YWCA USA Human Resources
Email:jobs@ywca.org