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Policy and Legislative Lead

Portland, OR

Oregon Consumer Justice - Policy and Legislative Lead

About Oregon Consumer Justice
Launched in 2020, Oregon Consumer Justice (OCJ) is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace, free from predatory and exploitative practices, especially for those communities that have been historically excluded or harmed by unfair practices. We advance the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education, and engagement, and work to make consumer justice the reality for all Oregonians. We strategically focus on opportunities to:
  • balance the system by advocating for laws that fill in gaps and protect consumers
  • communicate to shift the narrative about consumer justice and achieve equitable outcomes, and
  • build and strengthen consumer access to justice    

OCJ is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of all members of our nation and community without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.                                                           

About this Position
This position offers a unique opportunity to build a new reality and change the face of consumer justice in Oregon by leveraging an unprecedented amount of resources to create a powerful and equitable voice and presence for people and communities regularly harmed by fraudulent and predatory marketplace practices. The Policy and Legislative Lead will play a major role to lay the foundation of our advocacy and policy work. In partnership with OCJ's senior management team, advisors, and community and coalition allies this person will discern community needs, identify policy solutions, and develop a strategic, impactful, and innovative policy strategy and portfolio.
The job includes:
  • Long term partnership and engagement with grass roots organizations, advocates, and coalition partners, and deployment of resources to support coalition partners’ engagement.
  • Analysis and advocacy, working closely with partners and coalitions to influence legislative, administrative, and budget outcomes, primarily at the state level.
  • Research into consumer justice policy issues and development of legislative concepts, with a focus on issues that address racial and ethnic disparities and impact communities most often harmed by predatory and fraudulent practices and communities with less access to justice.
  • Development of legislative champions who will act on behalf of Oregon consumers.
Major Duties
As our lead lobbyist, policy researcher and policy expert, the Policy and Legislative Lead:
  • Develops and implements OCJ's non-partisan, consumer-centered legislative agenda utilizing appropriate strategies and tactics; lobbies the legislature, the Governor and other elected officials, and state agencies; analyzes and tracks legislation, drafts new legislative proposals and amendments and prepares and delivers both written and oral testimony.
  • Identifies and helps defeat legislation that threatens consumer rights and/or is harmful for Oregon consumers, especially those with the least consumer protections.
  • Represents OCJ within allied coalitions, convenes strategic coalitions as appropriate. Works in close partnership with allied organizations and coalitions. Plans strategic deployment of resources to support coalition work. Identifies and implements tactics.
  • Builds trusted relationships with lawmakers, agency decision-makers, staff, the Governor's office, lobbyists and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources, supported by strategic communications.
  • Participates in regular and interim legislative activity; attends legislative hearings and participates in policy-related workgroups, coalitions and meetings.
  • Responds to media requests on policy issues and represents OCJ at events, forums and meetings.
  • Prepares written materials, including action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, reports, op-eds and website updates.
As an inclusive collaborator, the Policy and Legislative Lead:
  • Creates, sustains and engages inclusive spaces for all people by demonstrating a commitment to advancing racial equity, dismantling white supremacy, and operating with understanding of how power is manifested and justice restored.
  • Works to build and sustain diverse, equitable and inclusive coalitions for the advocacy and public education work of OCJ, and represents OCJ in key coalitions and coordinated advocacy campaigns.
  • Ensures that internal and external stakeholder meetings are designed and facilitated effectively and inclusively.
As a program lead, the Policy and Legislative Lead:
  • Partners with OCJ staff and leadership to build and implement a clearly defined policy program plan that advances short term and long-term goals.
  • Partners with other staff to develop clear roles, expectations, divisions of labor, and measurements of success.
  • Effectively manages relationships with pro bono attorneys, lobbyists and volunteers to expand capacity, as appropriate.
  • Ensures that the program is fully compliant with the Oregon ethics and lobby reporting requirements.
Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Substantial experience in policy advocacy, including direct lobbying and use of policy research and analysis. Strong preference for Oregon experience.
  • Substantial experience with community mobilization in support of advocacy campaigns.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter. Thrives at being a trailblazer, thinking outside the box, and creating order out of chaos while keeping an eye on desired impact and organizational goals.
  • Excellent problem-solving and time management skills, ability to juggle multiple on-going projects and exercise good judgment in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations, volunteers and staff to build and maintain successful and inclusive teams.
  • Commitment to consumer justice, acute awareness of issues facing communities and individuals in Oregon, and an ability to stay abreast of current issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and professionally with staff colleagues, impacted communities, coalition partners, elected officials and other policy makers. 
  • Written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Adept with technology and software.
 Preferred Skills, Knowledge, And Abilities
  • Experience and knowledge of Oregon Legislature strongly preferred
  • Bi-lingual
  • Post High School education is preferred 

Commitment to Equity
OCJ sits at the intersection of law, policy, coalition and community advocates and Oregon consumers, with a particular commitment to those consumers and communities most harmed by predatory and fraudulent practices. All roles at OCJ will require: a willingness to share power, collaboration and teamwork, empathy, radical listening, adaptive communications skills, openness to learning and growth, a capacity to embrace discomfort and resolve conflicts, racial awareness and experience recognizing intersectionality and identity, and personal reflection.
Position Type & Expected Hours of Work
Full-time, exempt position with Monday - Friday work schedule. OCJ will be establishing a Portland-based office in 2022, until then, employees will work virtually from home. During Oregon legislative sessions, the Policy and Legislative Lead is expected to work in the state capitol in Salem most days, and work hours will vary. Flexibility to work non-traditional office hours, occasionally including nights and weekends, and willingness and ability to travel within Oregon and nationally for meetings and conferences are required.
Work Environment
Physical activity includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving. Work in state capitol building requires movement throughout the capitol and a shared workspace.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervises one or two policy associates and contractors; attorneys and policy interns, as needed.
  • Recruits and coordinates in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Policy Advisory committee and any appropriate partners or workgroups.
Total Compensation
Starting salary: $90,000-$110,000 commensurate with experience
Benefits: OCJ offers a fully paid competitive health insurance plan and generous time off policy. Additional benefits including a matching retirement plan will be added as we build our team.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, candidates should provide a resume and a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications described above and answers these two questions:
  1. How does this position align with your personal goals around advancing equity and justice in Oregon?
  2. Please describe your experience with grassroots mobilization in support of a legislative agenda.
We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning June 21, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.
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