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Public Policy Director

Reports to: Executive Director 

Classification: Exempt, full-time (36-hour work week) 

Compensation: $68,000 – $70,000 DOE

Benefits: 

  • 100% covered medical, vision, dental for employees 
  • IRA 3% match  
  • Paid leave 
  • 36-hour work week  
  • Monthly internet stipend 
  • RTD EcoPass 
  • Flexible & remote work options 

ABOUT VIOLENCE FREE COLORADO 

Violence Free Colorado is recognized as the state’s domestic violence coalition. Our mission states- “Advancing the well-being of all Coloradans through relationships free from abuse and oppression”. We work at the local, state, and national level to create system-wide change by influencing policy and supporting direct service organizations with resources, training and technical assistance. We are committed to working in partnership with survivors and other anti-oppression movements to address the root causes and overlapping dynamics of violence. Violence Free Colorado has experienced significant transition over the past few years and is excited about our trajectory. We are a progressive organization fostering a workplace culture rooted in equity, transparency, liberation, and care. 

 

ABOUT THE POSITION 

The Public Policy Director (PPD) manages Violence Free Colorado’s Public Policy Program to increase safety, support, and options for survivors of domestic violence through policy and systems advocacy. The PPD collaborates with staff, Violence Free Colorado membership, community partners and our Public Policy Committee.  The PPD works to identify, analyze, monitor, and create public policy solutions around domestic violence and to determine how legislation will impact our mission, our membership, and survivors across the state. Our goal is to develop and implement policy that centers the needs of the most marginalized survivors, works to dismantle oppressive systems, and includes strategies beyond the criminal legal system.

We’re looking for someone who is excited about stepping into a team during a time of transition and growth.  In keeping with our organizational core values, all members of our team must engage the work in a trauma-informed, culturally responsive way that centers accessibility, accountability, equity, and liberation. 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Manage Violence Free Colorado’s Public Policy Program, including development, pursuit, and implementation of the coalition’s public policy agenda based upon input and coordination with membership and survivors of domestic violence
  • Supervise a specialist in their work connecting to community partners and diversifying our policy work
  • Work with staff, membership, community partners, and the Public Policy Committee to develop positions on state and federal public policy issues, including legal cases that impact survivors of domestic violence and membership
  • Collaborate with national domestic violence organizations and similar partners on federal domestic violence related public policy efforts
  • Provide education to the community, the Colorado legislature, and other state agencies about public policy that impacts domestic violence survivors and coalition members
  • Solicit feedback from membership, other stakeholders, and the community at large on effectiveness of, and gaps in, existing law and policy
  • Collaborate with other coalition staff to research and analyze the impact of domestic violence public policy at the local, state, and federal levels and to coordinate public policy and systems advocacy efforts
  • Work with Violence Free Colorado’s Community Impact Team on public policy-related communications
  • Work with our contract lobbyist to strategize and coordinate public policy work
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee, facilitate other working groups as needed, and engage in coalition building and community organizing to accomplish public policy agenda
  • Participate in various boards, task forces, and committees at the state and national level that impact domestic violence-related public policy to advocate for systems change
  • Provide technical assistance and training on DV-related public policy, laws, and other areas of expertise 
  • Develop and disseminate materials for distribution to membership and other interested parties, including legislative action alerts and updates, fact sheets, talking points, testimonies, and technical assistance documents, such as issue briefs or guides to implementation of law and policy
  • Work with survivors and community-based advocates to prepare witnesses and testimony
  • Provide staff support for other coalition programs, such as the annual Colorado Advocacy in Action conference, membership meetings, etc 
  • Some early, late and weekend hours will be necessary
  • Other duties as assigned 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services, political science or related field OR equivalent work experience 
  • Experience in public policy development, research and analysis, and legislative work
  • Content expertise on sexual/relationship violence and ability to articulate trends, opportunities, challenges for the field, and how domestic violence intersects with other forms of oppression 
  • Ability to tie together high-level strategy with on the ground implementation; understanding of how the details contribute to the big picture 
  • Excellent communication skills.  Ability to communicate complex legal information clearly across knowledge bases and with a variety of stakeholders  
  • Ability to give and receive feedback in a manner that fosters healthy relationships
  • Extensive knowledge of existing policy, law, and systems
  • Excellent skills in negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking, strategy, and coalition building
  • Self-directed and able to work remotely while managing data and communications in compliance with funding and confidentiality guidelines
  • Ability to communicate policy needs and decisions through public speaking and writing
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required
  • This position can work remotely from anywhere in Colorado but must be able to travel statewide and occasionally nationally 
  • Valid ID and driver license (or access to a licensed driver) is required
  • Due to our funding sources, all staff must submit an I-9 at time of hire

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual and Bicultural Preferred.
  • Prior supervision of staff
  • Prior direct service or advocacy work with survivors of relationship abuse  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 

E.O.E. – Violence Free Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on any protected status and enthusiastically welcome applications from people of all genders and gender expressions, all sexual orientations, members of BIPOC communities, the formerly incarcerated, and persons in/of any other protected class, such as religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy status, or genetic status. Survivors of systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are highly encouraged to apply. 

HOW TO APPLY 

Send a cover letter and resume, in a single PDF attachment with the subject line “(your last name) Public Policy Director” to Monica Rivera via email at: MRivera@nullViolenceFreeCO.org.  Your cover letter should speak to how your experience and qualifications match what we are looking for in this role. We invite candidates to include chosen names and pronouns on documents. Please let us know in your application if you need reasonable accommodations to apply. Application review starts immediately and will be open until filled. 

Note to potential applicants: The final candidate must have the ability to perform the majority of duties in this role. Having said that, we acknowledge that individuals who have experienced systemic oppression tend to undervalue what they can contribute to an organization. We encourage you to apply for this job if it sounds like a good fit for you, even if you aren’t confident you meet every single one of the requirements.

To apply for this job email your details to mrivera@violencefreeco.org