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Quaker Welcome Center Coordinator

Washington, DC

July 6, 2017


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a full-time Quaker Welcome Center Coordinator to develop and maintain an outreach program for our new Quaker Welcome Center (scheduled to open this fall). The Coordinator will act as a liaison to all visitors to the Welcome Center and to the FCNL office.

The Position

The Quaker Welcome Center Coordinator is responsible for enhancing the experience of visitors and designing programs to serve the mission of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The QWC Coordinator will be the point of contact for all individuals and groups who wish to visit FCNL, and will work to ensure that they have a positive experience. The newly established Quaker Welcome Center, adjacent to the FCNL office, offers an opportunity to expand the Quaker advocacy presence on Capitol Hill. The Quaker Welcome Center Coordinator will help initiate and maintain many vital relationships with FCNL’s constituents, colleagues, and coalition partners. The Quaker Welcome Center coordinator will report to the Quaker Field Secretary and work closely with key staff and volunteers.

The Organization

The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a Quaker lobby in the public interest. We work for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. FCNL lobbyists have extensive contacts on the Hill and conduct focused legislative campaigns on priorities set by our governing committee, including: peacebuilding, nuclear non-proliferation, criminal justice sentencing reform, climate change, economic justice, immigration, and cutting the Pentagon budget. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. FCNL is entering its 75th year of bringing Quaker values to bear on national policy through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives.

Our dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both here in Washington at two major lobbying events each year and in local district offices throughout the year. Our national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. We are dedicated to growing the network with particular emphasis on effective relationship-building as a path to policy change. In the past 3 years, we’ve increased the number of in-person lobby visits from our constituents by 50%.

We inform and educate our network through our newsletter and collateral materials and activate our grassroots network through a robust web site, email, and social media outreach. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. 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 43, including 20 registered lobbyists.

Key Responsibilities

Programming

  • Manage the schedule for weekly lobby training, drop-in hours, helping visitors prepare to lobby on the Hill. Weekly lobby trainings will be led by a program assistant.

  • Work with FCNL staff to schedule, plan, and promote monthly or quarterly programming related to finding common ground across political differences.

  • Seek opportunities to use the space to strengthen our relationship with groups that are directly affected by FCNL’s issues, and/or to provide them with the capacity to lobby Congress themselves.

  • Facilitate selection process with FCNL lobbyists to identify members of Congress and staff for an annual award and/or other recognition for work reaching across the aisle.

  • Organize and promote the weekly time of silent reflection; this could be led by the Friend in Washington when available or by Quaker Field Secretary.

  • Assess the feasibility of creating a standard program for middle and high school groups who visit FCNL.

  • Seek opportunities for collaborative programming with other Quaker entities.

Outreach/Marketing

  • Promote the Quaker Welcome Center as an integral part of FCNL’s Quaker Lobby in the public interest.

  • Help develop tools preparing people in advance for their visits.

  • Invite Washington visitors for concurrent events to come to the Quaker Welcome Center and to lobby.

  • Through marketing, presentation, and display materials, place FCNL’s work in the context of the larger history of Quakers witnessing to governmental authority.

Hospitality/Event Management

  • Field requests from schools and other groups coming to visit FCNL.

  • Greet and orient visitors who come to the space, schedule the appropriate staff to spend time with them & ensure that the policies are followed.

  • Ensure that the space is kept clean and orderly, with appropriate materials.

  • Act as a liaison with the Friend in Washington for orientation to living in Washington.

Administration

  • Manage the schedule of the QWC, including eventual possibility of renting.

  • Help identify and plan for the logistical needs of each event (the number of chairs, tables, whether a projector is needed, etc).

  • Maintain a schedule of constituent coffee-hours.

  • Manage the use of signage both inside and outside the space as needed.

  • Manage internal communications with staff and volunteers regarding programming.

  • Track all visitors and enter names into FCNL database for ongoing communication.

Experience and Attributes

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.

  • A welcoming manner; ability to relate to people from a diversity of backgrounds.

  • An appreciation of the vision that FCNL promotes in Congress and with administrative agencies.

  • A consultative and collegial manner, with skills in facilitating group processes and cooperative work with colleagues inside and outside of FCNL.

  • Self-reliance and ability to take initiative.

  • A systematic and well-organized approach to problems, with attention to details and deadlines, and the ability to handle a wide range of tasks as needed.

  • Familiarity with Friends organizations, concerns and practices, and ability and willingness to work with Friends’ committee process.

  • Strong communication skills.

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

  • Work week: this is a full time exempt position; based on a 37.5 hr work week. Some compensatory time will balance evening and weekend work.

  • Excellent benefits package: health insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; retirement plan.

How to Apply

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

Initial interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis starting July 17.

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