1. Work with FCNL

Part-Time Advocacy Teams Trainer

The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks a creative, self-starter with 3 years of experience organizing grassroots advocacy for a part-time position to cultivate, coach and grow our network of individual grassroots volunteer advocates who are building personal relationships with members of Congress through our Advocacy Team program.

This position will build constituent engagement and activism to effect peace and justice in our federal policies. The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced organizer and trainer, able to make cold-calls, lead group trainings, and inspire individuals and teams to overcome obstacles and grow their local Advocacy Teams. The program is modeled on similar programs developed by Citizens Climate Lobby and RESULTS, so experience at one of those organizations would be helpful, but not required.

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.

Our 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 Advocacy Teams Program & The Position

FCNL’s Advocacy Teams of constituent advocate volunteers across the country are building relationships with members of Congress and the media to change federal policy. The teams organize in their local communities and connect through a national network of advocates. As of January 2019, the network includes 97 Advocacy Teams in 38 states. Advocacy Team members include Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington. Their success comes from their commitment to building long-term relationships with members of Congress grounded in mutual respect and listening.

We know that individuals bringing their experiences and values to elected officials can have a powerful impact on policy discussions. The primary responsibility of the Advocacy Teams Trainer is insuring that teams maintain vitality and a sense of purpose as our network expands. This trainer will check in with teams on a regular basis, be a resource to teams who are struggling, and identify and provide needed trainings for the network. The Advocacy Teams Trainer position requires someone who has experience organizing and training volunteers to advocate. We are looking for someone who is personable, engaging, motivating, organized and creative. The candidate must have very strong verbal communication skills, be well organized, and comfortable making calls to volunteers. This position will include significant time working during the hours where people are available and will include frequent evening and weekend work.

The successful candidate will be someone who has experience motivating and sustaining volunteer advocates. The trainer needs to be able to understand the context in which different individuals work, good at listening and adapting their work to meet needs, and strategic in the use of their time. This position reports to the Advocacy Teams Manager.

Key Priorities & Responsibilities

  • Support teams around the country as they build a local team, work through conflict and grow;
  • Help struggling teams rebuild their local group and engage new people;
  • Identify teams that need help to maintain their strength and organize phone trainings or if necessary visit the teams to help in rebuilding the local team.
  • Re-launch teams who are interested in revitalization
  • Identify trainings that would be helpful to provide to the network and/or subsets of the network. Develop and present these trainings on conference calls.
  • Cultivate individuals in key states and districts who could become state leads or be a part of a leadership development program.
  • Support teams around the country as they build relationships with their Members of Congress.
  • Organize and Analyze Data collected to help tell the story of how the teams are doing.
  • Develop a regular system of team health check-ins and a system to catch when teams are struggling.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience & Attributes

  • Self-starter, who is great on the phone, willing to make cold calls, and has an appreciation for clear communication for busy people;
  • Experience organizing local groups to engage in deep advocacy, particularly experiencer with Citizens Climate Lobby, Results or other groups trained by Sam Daley Harris.
  • Extensive experience and comfort with cold-calling individuals to inspire them to reengage.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing local volunteers to recruit new members of their Advocacy Teams.
  • Experience to help coach individuals who are struggling into reengaging with deep advocacy.
  • Experience building relationships with advocates
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels of the organization and with individual volunteers around the country;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Ability to work with a team remotely and provide timely, accurate reports;
  • An entrepreneurial self-starter who is able to build new structures and initiatives;
  • 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 part time non-exempt position. The successful candidate can work remotely. Significant weekend and evening work will be required.

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.