The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) seeks an experienced ballot measure practitioner to join the program leadership team. The Policy and Legal Advocacy Director will lead BISC policy development, analysis, and tracking efforts. In addition, this person will oversee BISC’s ballot integrity program and state legislative accountability efforts to ensure voter approved ballot measures are implemented. The Policy and Legal Advocacy Director will assist in building the capacity of the field through the provision and delivery of customized strategic assistance and training.
As a member of the program leadership team, Policy and Legal Advocacy Director will co-strategize with other program directors to ensure a full integration of skill-building, policy development, legal advocacy and implementation work into the lifecycle of ballot measure campaigns when advising state-based partners that result in long-term sustainable wins that build independent power in states.
Location: BISC HQ is located in Washington, DC, but the location for this position is flexible. This position may require some extended travel. This position reports to the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Primary Job Responsibilities
- Vision, lead and grow BISC’s work to support advocates in their development and analysis of ballot measure policy and the implementation of that policy;
- Lead efforts to work with state-based partners and national policy partners to ensure strategic policy development all the way through implementation and ensure that directly impacted communities are centered in policy and implementation in order to produce equitable outcomes;
- Work with the Capacity Building Director to ensure policy, legal advocacy, and implementation include evaluation tools, techniques and practices for the ballot measure field and measure BISC’s impact;
- Direct BISC’s legal compliance capacity building with state partners in partnership with BISC, state and national legal teams working on ballot initiatives and aid in strategic legal and policy decision making
- Supervise the State Legislative Manager and direct the vision for and the expansion of BISC’s Ballot Integrity program to include monitoring and analyzing opposition players, trends, tactics and practical policy impacts on the ballot measure field;
- Direct the vision and guide the direction of BISC’s Lawyers Guild in line with the goals of the strategic plan; and
Manage BISC’s ballot measure tracking program including monitoring statewide ballot measures and status, opposition tracking, and attacks on the ballot measure process
Additional job responsibilities:
- Serve in a leadership role to aid executive team and other program directors to implement BISC’s 5-year strategic plan focused on changing culture, centering directly impacted communities, capacity building, convening, and internal continuity and growth;
- Advise organizations and individuals on direct strategic and technical assistance on campaign strategy (including go/no go decisions), policy, campaign plans, budgets and fundraising, polling, coalition-building and equitable governance, and direct voter communication/contact and other components of ballot measure campaigns or efforts whether virtually or in-person in-states
- Advise on, help design and/or facilitate coalition meetings;
- Represent BISC in national strategy conversations with funders, political partners, and other stakeholders;
- Work with the Capacity Building on BISC’s training program and assist in the updating, development, and delivery of customized training programs and resources as needed;
- Work with executive team and program directors to deepen of BISC’s racial equity work, both internally and in the field;
- Assist the communications team in responding to media requests for information and background;
- Support other BISC and BISC Foundation projects and activities as needed; and
- Assist with the planning and execution of BISC’s annual conference.
Job requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Proven track record: You have solid experience developing and analyzing policy as well as the strategies, tactics and people necessary to implement policy towards equitable outcomes.
- Deep understanding of the ballot measure process: Nothing substitutes for experience and your knowledge ranges from how to write a campaign plan, to how to run a coalition meeting, and universes of voters in the VAN,
- Collaborative: You know that building a coalition and building true partnerships takes time, trust, and transparency.
- You understand the complexities of coalition work, including the inherent race, power and privilege dynamics often present, and are able to address them in a sophisticated way that invites people into the work. You also are collaborative with your co-workers: willingly sharing information and tasks to get a job done.
- Results and evaluation driven: You show relentless commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles. You are receptive to feedback and know that evaluating and re-adjusting is critical to long term learning.
- Organized and flexible: You have a plan, but you can quickly adapt when needed. And you understand the plan is better when you collaborate with those around you.
- Effective interpersonal skills: Proven ability to communicate effectively with different personalities to move projects forward.
- Strong time management skills: Proven ability to balance many projects at once and prioritize accordingly.
- Movement Focused: Demonstrated commitment to the progressive social and racial justice movement with an eye toward long-term power building and change-making.
Salary & Benefits:
- Salary: $90,000-$110,000
- 100% Medical insurance for family paid for by employer
- Dental insurance
- Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
- Paid vacation
- Sick leave
- Generous 401(k) plan with employer contribution
To apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references by clicking here.
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.
Ballot-measure campaigns affect everything progressives fight for. Yet, for forty years, well-funded regressive and corporate interests have dominated ballot measures to the detriment of working families, public education, women, the LGBT community, communities of color, immigrants and the poor.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center is changing that. BISC strengthens democracy by building a national progressive strategy for ballot measures. In ten years, BISC envisions a future where progressives change the game and use ballot measures as a political and civic engagement tool for victory.
BISC recognizes that ballot measures are a permanent part of the process in the 24 initiative states and that well-crafted measures can be a force for good public policy, civic engagement and infrastructure building.
We strengthen the progressive movement by conducting innovative research, providing technical assistance, hosting convenings, facilitating collaboration, offering strategic advice, conducting campaign assessments and helping funders make the best decisions about allocation of scarce resources.
BISC helps progressives take back the initiative.
BISC’s Stance on Racial Equity
At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.
BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to: race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.