1. Work with FCNL

Organizing Strategy Associate

The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks an individual with strong data-analytic skills to track the expansion of our lobbying across multiple initiatives, organize the scheduling of training and lobbying for two major events, and develop new tools to move digital advocates into off-line lobbying.

Today, FCNL’s dynamic network of volunteer lobbyists around the country includes tens of thousands of people who lobby through electronic platforms and thousands more who meet with members of Congress and their staff each year. These individuals are identified, trained, nourished, and strengthened by specific FCNL programs that are helping the FCNL community engage with Congress. Using the power of our more than 20 registered lobbyists, these volunteers around the country are moving federal policy on priorities set by our Quaker governors.

The Organizing Strategy Associate will be someone who shares our Quaker community’s fierce commitment to building a better world, is passionate about building systems to train and support busy local volunteers, and has a creative approach to building the power of our faith-based lobbying.

The Organization

FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better, playing a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on racial and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and election integrity.

FCNL’s lobbyists have extensive connections with Congressional offices and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following priorities: peacebuilding, human rights, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, curtailing endless war, criminal justice sentencing reform, immigration reform, refugees, solutions to climate change, economic justice and Native American issues. FCNL and Friends approach each of these priorities by identifying, exposing and working to eliminate institutional racism, sexism, and militarism in order to promote genuine equality of opportunity and communities in which everyone can safely live, learn, work, worship and love.

Its dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both in Washington at two major lobbying events each year, and in local district offices. FCNL informs and educates its network through newsletters and collateral materials and activates its grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach.

FCNL’s national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. The organization is dedicated to growing the network with a particular emphasis on building effective relationships as a path to policy change. In the past three years, FCNL increased the number of in-person visits from its constituents to legislators by 50%. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 47, including 20 registered lobbyists.

FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout its 75-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Its strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through its growing and vibrant network of activists.

The Position

FCNL’s practice of faith-based advocacy is central to the work that we do. The Organizing Strategy Associate is a key staff expert responsible for developing, training, and guiding constituents as they lobby Congress on priorities set by Friends.

Working closely with the communications group and our data team, the associate will be a leader at FCNL in moving individuals engaged in our digital advocacy to off-line lobbying and advocacy in Congressional offices. Experience with both on and off-line mobilization for a lobbying or nonprofit organization will be invaluable for this work. In addition, this individual will work to help staff ensure that our community around the country has resources that enable them to lobby on the range of issues that FCNL works on.

The Organizing Strategy Associate is also responsible for tracking the growth of our lobbying across multiple initiatives and maintaining systems that allow staff and constituents to identify, activate and cultivate that power to help achieve the goals set by Friends. This person will also support the Strategic Advocacy team as they develop the goals identified in the Forward Plan. This position will report to the Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Key Priorities & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that FCNL has accurate data and effective reporting on our staff and constituent lobby visits across the organization;
  • Developing and testing tools to move regular digital advocates into off-line lobbying and other forms of advocacy;
  • Coordinating lobbying for 400+ individuals Spring Lobby Weekend and at the Quaker Public Policy Institute at our Annual Meeting;
  • Working with the legislative and communications team, the Organizing Strategy Associate will also identify ways to support constituents who seek to lobby off-line on the range of legislative priorities that FCNL works on;
  • Tracking the growth of our grassroots engagement of Friends, lobbyist, and young adults as we follow the priorities set out in our Forward Plan and developing reports to represent this growth;
  • Provide regular weekly internal reports and or dashboards that detail the lobbying of FCNL staff and constituents;
  • Some administrative support for the Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Attributes

  • Strong data management skills; experience with both on-line and off-line mobilizing;
  • Experience with one or more major data tracking systems such as Action Kit, Raisers Edge, Knowlegis or similar products that are used for lobby tracking and constituent engagement;
  • Experience organizing lobbying for Washington, DC fly-ins;
  • Data-analytics training or experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Self-starter, who is great on the phone, willing to make cold calls, and has an appreciation for clear communication for busy people;
  • A strong writer who can quickly synthesize complex information and boil it down to 2 or 3 paragraphs;
  • Agreement with FCNL’s policy positions and understanding of a faith-based perspective toward lobbying.

Compensation and Work Expectations

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5 hour work week. Some weekend and evening work as well as some travel within in the United States will be required. Benefits include health and dental insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; and a generous retirement plan.

The position requires active and frequent interaction with FCNL staff members and therefore requires the person to work out of the FCNL office in Washington, DC.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@fcnl.org. (Only electronic submissions will be accepted.)

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.