Family Forward is hiring!

Position: Policy Director

About Us

Family Forward Action is an advocacy nonprofit that works to improve workplace and public policies to ensure that more women and families can be economically secure. We believe that caring for our children, our parents, and others in need of care is a not only a fundamental principle of a civilized society, but a fundamental part of our economy – and the lack of value for the work of caring for others is one of the root causes of large-scale gender and racial inequities.

We work for systemic change by 1) shifting cultural attitudes about women, work and care; 2) organizing people to fight for a more fair system; and 3) advocating for bold public policies — like paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and affordable childcare.

About this Role at Family Forward Action

We seek a dynamic, innovative and strategic Policy Director who enjoys a highly flexible, results-oriented work environment and who has a passion for our social and economic justice mission. The Policy Director plays an integral role in every aspect of our work and works closely with everyone on our staff. This position will be based in Portland, and requires semi-regular travel to Salem and very occasional other travel. We support a flexible work environment, but candidates should note that this position requires work during irregular hours occasionally, and more often during the legislative session and elections.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement high-level campaign plans to assist us in achieving policy wins.
  • Work with other program directors to develop and implement campaign and policy plans, including: legislative, political, field, communications and organizing work.
  • Be a public voice for the organization, with regular public-speaking engagements.
  • Research and provide policy briefings on legislative proposals before various elected bodies.
  • Monitor legislative priorities at the city, county, state and national level.
  • Coordinate our election-related work, including endorsement processes.
  • Engage in lobby efforts and represent policy positions in a variety of settings.
  • Assist with coalition building and help find opportunities to form alliances that help advance family-supportive policies.
  • Coordinate with other staff to prepare articles, news releases, informational materials, and policy alerts in order to inform our members, the media, and the general public of issues of concern.
  • Maintain regular communication with members and allies regarding our priority policy initiatives, including contributing to the research and development of content for various platforms.
  • Serve as primary contact for state and national public policy issues. This includes serving as staff liaison to national partners on policy matters.
  • Assist other staff with events, especially policy and grassroots lobbying events.
  • Have a car and the ability to travel, particularly to Salem, as needed.
  • Support other organizational work, as needed.

Skills and Attributes:

We are looking for someone who:

  • Works well independently but also enjoys being a part of a small, dynamic, productive team.
  • Has the ability to organize, expedite and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and the discipline to manage their own deadlines.
  • Takes initiative and has strong problem-solving skills, but also knows when to ask for help.
  • Easily communicates with a range of audiences, including such overlapping but different groups as low-wage workers, women of color, working mothers, family caregivers, legislators, policy-makers, coalition partners, etc.
  • Has excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Has a working understanding of the state legislative process and some background advocacy or lobbying.
  • Has a strong aptitude for policy research, development and lobbying.
  • Has experience managing policy campaigns, including developing and executing campaign plans that include field, communications, lobbying, coalition management and spokesperson development.
  • Has a strong commitment to feminism, racial justice and economic justice.
  • Has an understanding of organizing, advocacy and the local political landscape.
  • Bonus: Bilingual-Bicultural Spanish/English skills

 Wages and Benefits:  

This position is full-time. The exact salary will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate, but will be within a range of $50-60,000. Position includes the employee’s full health insurance coverage plus some family coverage, optional 401(k) retirement plan, optional flexible spending account, paid holidays, and six weeks of paid time off.

 To Apply:  Please send a resume and cover letter to Andrea Paluso ( Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, September 6th at 9 am. The position will remain open until the right candidate is found, but candidates are encouraged to apply before September 6th.

Family Forward Action is in an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.