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Policy Advocate and Organizer

Company: UPSTREAM
Location: Seattle
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Job Description:

POSITION: Policy Advocate and OrganizerLOCATION: Remote with some travel. COMPENSATION: This is a full-time permanent position. We are looking for talented professionals interested in committing to this program for multiple years. Salary range $60,000-$70,000.UPSTREAM's Vision and MissionUPSTREAM is a non-profit organization that sparks innovative solutions to plastic pollution by helping people, businesses and communities shift from single-use to reuse. But for us, the problem isn't just single-use plastic - it's "single-use" itself. It's the throw-away society at the root of plastic pollution and a host of other problems.So we're building a movement to make throw-away go away. Our projects are focused on disruptive innovations that accelerate the creation and adoption of reuse systems to save businesses money, get people back to work, protect public health AND the planet at the same time.We seek to live in a world where people and the planet are treated as indisposable and communities thrive without all the waste. And we invite you to co-create it with us.#indisposableTo realize our vision and execute our mission, we are expanding UPSTREAM's policy organizing and research program. Our new Policy Advocate and Organizer will support our regional and national organizing efforts and expand our policy and technical research abilities. UPSTREAM is a leader in enacting city and state policies aimed at reducing single-use products in the U.S. and engaging government, business, and NGO advocates in rethinking how food and beverages are delivered to consumers. Our policy work follows a lead, seed and feed model. We've led the way by crafting new policies and getting them enacted in the SF Bay Area. We've seeded reuse policy in cities outside the SF Bay Region by finding other NGO allies to facilitate reuse policy coalitions. We feed reduce/reuse policy work with technical and marketing resources and by hosting national forums for NGOs, reuse businesses and local government aimed at promoting reduce and reuse policies. We seek a Policy Advocate and Organizer to help us build our policy impact. This work will evolve as we go, but here are the highlights of the position:Expand our policy organizing capability across the country, complementing existing staff leadership in California. Lead the effort to bring diverse voices into the policy work, ensuring that the policy work is informed by equity and inclusion priorities and engagement with diverse stakeholders and community perspectives.Track reduce and reuse policies and initiatives in states and cities across the U.S.Support and co-facilitate our two national forums- the National Reuse Network and the Government Reuse Forum.Support reuse coalitions with expertise and input, sharing resources and information from across the U.S.Help launch and staff our Reuse Cities Challenge, working to get reuse resolutions enacted in cities across the U.S. Support the policy program's increased focus on connecting city climate policies to single-use products reduction.Support policy campaign initiatives, such as our Skip the Stuff campaign, which aims to get cities across the U.S. to adopt policies that reduce single-use accessories provided with delivery and take-out food and beverages and a government procurement policy campaign.Conduct research, writing, and develop technical resources and information to support the policy program.Provide policy presentations to a wide range of constituencies across the U.S.Coordinate with UPSTREAM's marketing and business innovation teams.This is a new position for our organization and reports to the Policy Director.Our ValuesUPSTREAM operates as a small, virtual team with team members distributed across the U.S. We place a high value on work-life balance and on honoring the privilege of getting paid to do this good work every day. Our work culture balances trust and independence with an equal measure of collaboration and emphasis on supporting each other to do our best work.The right candidate will embody UPSTREAM values (the 5 "i"s)":Innovative - I work to be innovative in the way I approach problemsInspiring - I work to stay inspired and be inspiring in my workInvitational - I invite others to co-create the more beautiful world we all wantInclusive - I value experiences and perspectives different than my own andstrive to include those voices in decision-making for greater effectivenessIntegratedI am Essentialist in my priorities and set amazing boundariesI am playful and strive to bring fun into the workplaceI am emotionally grounded because I am awesome at self-careIf this sounds like a fit, you'll love working with our passionate team.What kinds of things help you do this job well? Core qualifications include: Passion for creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world, combined with a strong, solutions-oriented approach to changing throw-away culture and solving plastic pollution.Deep insight into social justice and equity priorities with respect to environmental issues.Education in policy or ecology preferred.Experience working to get policies enacted at the city and / or state level, as well as regulatory advocacy experience.Proven track record of organizing or implementing advocacy or policy campaigns, or some related experience for implementing effective change-making strategies.Known for being able to engage and make positive connections with a wide variety of stakeholders. From business operators to social justice advocates to policy makers and allied NGOs, you are considered to be someone that is easy to share ideas and work with.Excellent writing, research, presentation, organizing, and facilitation skills. Can develop detailed reports that can be translated into easy-to-message concepts.A high level message-maker. Translates technical concepts into digestible information for the public and policy makers.Demonstrated excellence in planning and prioritizing. Can demonstrate outcomes and outputs of work and measure and evaluate success.Willingness to work on a team that is geographically diverse and able to adapt to working with online platforms and virtual offices with minimal supervision. We use technology to create a virtual office, including Google Drive, Slack and Zoom.Ability to travel for meetings, staff retreats, and other convenings as part of the job.Design and marketing skills are a plus.To Apply: Email a thoughtful cover letter with links to your writing and/or policy accomplishments and a resume to jobs@upstreamsolutions.org with "Policy Advocate and Organizer" as the subject line. Accepting applications now. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Our Commitment to Diversity and InclusionUPSTREAM commits to prioritizing voices and identities that have been underrepresented within our organization's decision-making and leadership roles, through an open-hiring process and policies designed to counter bias and enact our values in the hiring of all staff and consultants.In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran's status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.For more information on UPSTREAM's commitments to Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism, please visit: upstreamsolutions.org/equity-and-inclusion

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