The Public Affairs Coordinator is responsible for mobilizing people and communities to support full access to reproductive health care services and sexual health information and protect individual reproductive freedom. Identifies key constituencies and develops and carries out mobilizing strategies. Plans and manages long-term advocacy initiatives and projects aimed at key constituencies consistent with the PPHP Strategic Plan (i.e. communities of color, youth, and the communities where our health centers are located), as well as those to build the number, capacity, and skills of advocacy volunteers. Supervises online supporter engagement activities including social media and online advocacy and e-mail campaigns.
Public Affairs (Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund)
Assists in the creation of the annual Public Affairs work plan.
- Plans and facilitates events for and communications with activists. Manages long-term advocacy and organizing projects such as Volunteer Nights, in the region, as assigned.
- Builds and retains targeted collaborative partnerships with allied organizations and coalitions in the region t, consistent with affiliate educational, medical, advocacy, lobbying, and legislative goals. Represents PPHP at a broad range of meetings, coalitions and task forces outside the affiliate, in the assigned region; leverages relationships with leaders of coalition partners and community agencies to build network of activists for reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice (grasstops and grassroots).
- As needed, serves as Public Affairs liaison to other departments, including the health centers.
- Collaborates with Communications, Development, Education and Training, and other departments to organize special events to connect PPHP with our supporters and activists.
- Coordinates lobby visits to local legislators, and coordinates lobby visits to district offices, Albany, and Washington D.C (state and federal legislators, affiliate-wide).
- Monitors federal, state, and local legislative and policy issues.
- Develops and conducts presentations about legislation, policy, and advocacy for coalition partners, campus groups, and other organizations, speaks on reproductive health and rights issues to a wide variety of audiences, including activists, youth groups, and potential and existing coalition partners.
- Staffs Action Fund Board and Political Committee meetings and conference calls in the region, as needed.
- Monitors and tracks local media surrounding candidates and elections (newspaper clippings, radio addresses and TV).
- Manages volunteer activities including, but not limited to, canvassing and phone banks in the region.
- Provides support for Action Fund events and fundraising activities in the region, as directed.
Experience, Education and Licensure
- Bachelor’s degree preferred with emphasis in political studies/public policy, social work, or related area.
- A minimum of 1-3 years of experience with community organizing, political campaigns, coalition building, and/or legislative process or an equivalent combination of education and work experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
- Demonstrated verbal, written, project coordination, and community organizing skills.
- Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred.
- Ability to utilize technology, such as database and Web sites, to further public affairs goals.
- Provides own transportation, is willing to travel, and can work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Experience and demonstrated tact in working with diverse staff, volunteers and community representatives to meet PPHP’s mission.
- Able to work independently and as part of a team.
- Commitment to the goals of Planned Parenthood.