[COMM-ORG] job: Public Policy, Connecticut, no salary info

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  From: "Ann Pratt" <prattworks at earthlink.net>

Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition

Director of Public Policy

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Position Summary

The Director of Policy will develop policy and system change strategies 
and policy campaigns on BCAC related issues in areas such as early 
childhood, K-12 education, after-school programs, economic 
self-sufficiency and health care. The Director of Policy will consult 
with and support the BCAC Task Forces and the Board of Directors in the 
development of strategies in direct response to BCAC research.

The position requires experience in community organizing, policy and 
legislative advocacy and coalition building. The Director of Policy will 
work collaboratively with senior staff to analyze data, articulate the 
policy change strategies and mobilize constituencies. The Director of 
Policy reports directly to the Executive Director.

Specific Responsibilities

a. Identify, design and lead policy and system change strategies needed 
to advance BCAC issues and agenda.

b. Facilitate and provide staff support to the BCAC Task Forces with the 
Director of Research and Executive Director.

c. Build the capacity of Task Force members and parent leaders to 
understand and translate data into policy strategies.

d. Educate Task Force members, BCAC Board of Directors, government 
leaders, legislators, public officials and other stakeholders on BCAC 
policy issues.

e. Mobilize BCAC Task Forces, coalition members and the general public 
in policy campaigns.

f. Develop an overall strategy for community engagement, mobilization 
and parent advocacy.

g. Organize public education and advocacy events such as community 
forums, public hearings, and rallies.

h. Track the status and impact of BCAC’s advocacy campaigns.

i. Track and monitor state and national legislation.

j. Develop content for BCAC legislative alerts and draft public 
education materials.

k. Review all BCAC reports and fact sheets including The State of the 
Child in Bridgeport and issue specific reports for policy implications 
and recommendations.

l. Make presentations to key political leaders, donors, foundations and 
other key stakeholders as determined by the Executive Director.

m. Stay abreast of local, state and national legislation and trends and 
their implications related to BCAC issues.

n. Prepare grant applications, required grant reports and serve as the 
primary contact for grant deliverables as determined by the Executive 

o. Supervise staff, issue organizers, consultants, interns and/or 
volunteers as needed.

p. Design, staff and/or lead special projects as assigned by the 
Executive Director.


1. Master’s degree and five (5) years professional experience in policy 
advocacy, coalition building, civil liberties law, or a related field. 
Experience preferred in coordinating successful political, legislative, 
or activist campaigns.

2. A strong understanding of the legislative process, and significant 
experience in advocacy work, organizing and working with coalitions to 
achieve public policy goals.

3. Familiarity with and/or expertise in a broad range of issues related 
to low-income children and their families such as education, health care 
and economic self-sufficiency.

4. Ability to work with diverse constituencies.

5. Excellent and persuasive interpersonal, verbal and written 
communication skills and the ability to explain complex public policy 
issues to the public

6. Ability to work independently and in partnership with other staff in 
a collaborative, team environment.

7. Excellent organizational skills, proven ability to multi‑task, 
prioritize, problem‑solve and meet deadlines

8. Working knowledge of multiple computer software programs including 
Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

9. Ability to work flexible hours including weekend days and weekday 


Applicants are requested to submit their salary requirements.

To Apply:

All applications are held in strict confidence.

To be considered, applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2010.

No phone calls, please. Credentials and a letter of interest should be 
submitted to:

Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition

Attention: Search Committee

2470 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06605

Or via email: mphealy at bcacct.org

To learn more about the organization, please visit our website at: 

The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Mary Pat Healy

Executive Director


2470 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06605

203.549.0075 x11

mphealy at bcacct.org


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