Coalition Coordinator, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

Communications Director

Director of Development and Membership

Public Policy Internship


Coalition Coordinator, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) is seeking a coalition manager to grow the coalition, revitalize member engagement, represent the coalition in policymaking and advocacy settings, confront strategic regulatory challenges, and lay the groundwork for a proactive regulatory agenda. This is a mid-level leadership position, ideal for someone with an outgoing and entrepreneurial personality, experience organizing diverse institutional stakeholders, and public policy knowledge in the regulatory issue space.

CSS is a national alliance of more than 160 consumer, labor, scientific, research, faith, community, environmental, small business, good government, public health, and public interest groups – representing millions of Americans. These organizations are joined in the belief that America’s system of regulatory safeguards should secure a reasonable and fair quality of life, pave the way for a sound economy and benefit all. This coalition is committed to strengthening public protections, encouraging sound enforcement and repelling the ongoing attacks against commonsense regulatory safeguards.

The coalition is led by an executive committee of representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Center for Progressive Reform, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the Economic Policy Institute, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Citizen and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The co-chairs are CFA and Public Citizen.

The Coalition Manager will be housed at CFA and will work closely with the CSS executive committee, CFA’s Legislative Director and Public Citizen’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, and the CSS Communications Officer to plan and manage coalition activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning process to develop the coalition’s strategic vision and priorities, in collaboration with the executive committee;
  • Implement and facilitate coalition strategies and tactics;
  • Proactively look for ways to grow the coalition membership and increase member engagement;
  • Represent the coalition in advocacy forums, conferences and other relevant venues;
  • Manage relationships with the staff of partner organizations to coordinate shared resources and work products;
  • Hire, supervise and direct CSS interns;
  • Organize coalition and public interest community meetings and outreach efforts (e.g., sign-on letters, events, lobby meetings, briefings, etc.).
  • Coordinate with the CSS communications officer on press outreach, social media activities, online strategies, document production and formatting, listserv maintenance, multimedia and other communications activities.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in nonprofit organizations, campaigns, advocacy work or government – including experience working with a diverse set of groups from grassroots activists to policy experts and communication staff;
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to create materials on regulatory policy topics;
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to conceptualize, propose and execute projects with minimal supervision; and
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including direct outreach to potential and current members, meeting facilitation and public speaking.

Salary and Benefits:

Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience; excellent medical and dental coverage; and generous vacation policy.

Consumer Federation of America is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.

 If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to: Sara Cooper, 202-939-1014, scooper@consumerfed.org.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Weintraub at careers@consumerfed.org.

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Communications Director

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit consumer advocacy organizations, is seeking an energetic, proactive person to be Communications Director. This person will be responsible for leading, developing, and overseeing CFA’s communications strategic plan to advance the advocacy policy agenda and promote the programmatic work of America Saves. This work includes development of an editorial calendar, website and social media management, support of advocacy efforts, and efforts to coordinate communications efforts across CFA and America Saves.

Overall Duties & Responsibilities

Develop and execute a communications strategy to advance CFA’s policy agenda, including America Saves programmatic efforts, raise the overall visibility of the organization, and implement a communications plan for the coming year and long-term.

  • Coordinate the communications strategies of CFA and America Saves.
  • Craft and maintain an editorial calendar to include all organizational activities, events, conferences, press/media, social media, and other efforts.
  • Produce, edit, and review materials related to organizational deliverables, including but not limited to annual reports, marketing materials, event materials, policy-related communications, and digital media toolkits.
  • Manage the work of any design and website consultants with an overall strategic communications plan, to include website management, review, and as-needed re-design.
  • Support the communications aspects of CFA’s advocacy efforts including Consumer Lobby Day and High Cost Lending Lobby Day and surrounding events.
  • Assist with communication for events, conferences, and membership outreach.
  • Manage junior staffers in content creation for social platforms and monitor engagement.
  • Support the dissemination of new policy reports and resources, maximizing their reach with the media and the field.
  • Work with the Legislative Director & General Counsel to ensure coordination across all advocacy and communications activities at the federal and state levels.
  • Provide support to CFA advocates as opportunities and challenges emerge and develop strategic communications plans for key policy initiatives.
  • Manage communications team to grow CFA’s digital & social media presence, while mentoring and developing the skills of junior team members.

Media & Press Relations

  • Serve as the primary contact for media and press relations.
  • Manage messaging with a communications strategy designed to maintain proactive connections with news media in connection with CFA’s priorities and mission.
  • Conduct media outreach, including cultivating relationships with reporters and bloggers, pitching, and briefing, with the goal of placement in national and targeted state media outlets with influence on consumer policy issues.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage media events, press releases, social media, advocacy coverage and all media opportunities.
  • Work with, support, and assist CFA staff members through effective media relations and campaigns.

Qualifications

  • Expertise and experience in organizational communications/public relations in a nonprofit environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective national and local media strategies and manage complex policy communications issues.
  • Advanced ability to write and edit diverse types of communications, including news-style, marketing, member-facing, and web.
  • A background and extensive understanding of social media across all platforms.
  • Experience developing and implementing social media content and campaigns to support policy and programmatic communications.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple and changing responsibilities effectively.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills, with a proven ability to communicate consumer issues in a policy context.
  • Experience leading a small team in critically assessing, planning, managing, and executing projects.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field required.
  • Passion, interest, and experience with public interest advocacy communication consistent with the mission and priorities of CFA.
  • Knowledge of eTapestry/Blackbaud or a similar constituent resource management database.
  • Familiarity with a variety of organizational productivity tools including but not limited to Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and/or ability to learn new technology systems.

Benefits

  • 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days
  • Federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Generous paid sick leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution after the first year

Please send your cover letter and resume to scooper@consumerfed.org.

Consumer Federation of America is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.

 If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to: Sara Cooper, 202-939-1014, scooper@consumerfed.org.

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Director of Development and Membership

Consumer Federation of America (CFA), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit consumer advocacy organizations, seeks a full-time Development and Membership Director to lead our ongoing fundraising and membership needs. Reporting to and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Development and Membership Director (Director) will drive all institutional and personal fundraising efforts, spearhead development efforts and lead CFA’s recruitment, retention, and engagement of members. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development and membership function. This professional must have an established background in coordinating nonprofit fundraising strategies, with a proven record of success, and have experience with member recruitment, services, and development.

About CFA

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, more than 250 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute CFA’s annual and long-term fundraising plans.
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, associations, and corporations as appropriate in partnership with the CEO and the Board.
  • Build the fundraising capacity of the CEO and Board, while also facilitating and supporting their development efforts.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Develop, manage, and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
  • Lead CFA’s overall efforts to recruit, retain, and engage membership.

Development:

  • Obtain financial support and sponsorship for CFA.
  • Prepare strategies for fundraising, implementation, and evaluation of development efforts.
  • Develop and organize all aspects of CFA’s fundraising programs.
  • Train staff and Board of Directors to support fundraising efforts and support those efforts by drafting communications and proposals, overseeing and directing solicitation preparations and follow up, and partnering to develop customized strategies for major prospects.
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with all donors and seek new donors and sponsors.
  • Work with CFA staff experts to implement strategies to form strong relationships with donors and keep them informed of the utilization of financial contributions.
  • Motivate donors to provide financial support.
  • Create reports to analyze and measure fundraising and membership progress.
  • Collaborate with CFA staff and Board of Directors to organize and plan creative ways to implement new fundraising strategies.
  • Collaborate with staff to plan and write grant proposals.
  • Remain aware of fundraising trends in the nonprofit community.
  • Partner with CFA’s CEO, staff, and relevant members of the Board of Directors in the execution of donor engagement and solicitation strategies.

Membership:

  • Collaborate with CFA staff and Board members to:
    • Develop and implement a member engagement, retention, and recruitment plan.
    • Develop strategies and programs to increase member engagement, retention, and recruitment.
    • Identify opportunities and collaborate with colleagues to enhance member benefits and services offered by CFA.
    • Develop one-on-one relationships with members, including identifying unique member needs, determining program priorities, and assessing overall level of engagement/satisfaction.
    • Evaluate CFA’s current member roster, new member processes and procedures to determine effectiveness.
    • Improve membership evaluation, processes, and procedures.

Qualifications

  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Five-plus years’ experience in development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
    • Proven track record of prospecting, soliciting, and securing major gifts from foundations, individual donors, and corporate partners.
    • Experience in writing successful foundation, government and corporate grant proposals.
    • Effective communication skills, including written, interpersonal, and verbal.
    • Excellent presentation skills.
    • Experience in managing and tracking funds received from donors and analyzing the collected data to determine effectiveness.
    • Knowledge and experience in fundraising theories, principles, and procedures.
    • Proficient with social media platforms and donor management software.
    • Experience in strengthening and building non-profit membership.
    • Experience working with nonprofit advocacy-oriented organizations.

Benefits

  • 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance,
  • Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days
  • Federal holidays
  • Generous paid sick leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution after the first year.

Please send your cover letter and resume to scooper@consumerfed.org.

Consumer Federation of America is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to: Sara Cooper, 202-939-1014, scooper@consumerfed.org.

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Public Policy Internship

The Consumer Federation of America, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that works to advance the rights of consumers through research, advocacy and education, is seeking talented, motivated interns with an interest in food and product safety, consumer protection, and financial services.

Interns work with advocates to advance pro-consumer policy on a variety of issues before Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, state legislatures, and the courts. They also assist with research to investigate consumer issues, such as high-cost credit, privacy, the safety of children’s products, and fish, meat and poultry inspection. CFA seeks applicants who are pursuing a graduate or law degree and who possess a high level of oral and written communication skills.

Based at the Consumer Federation of America’s office in Washington, DC, the internship is unpaid, though course credit can be given if the intern makes appropriate arrangements. In-city transportation stipends may be available. Full or part time.

To apply for an internship, submit a cover letter and resume to Sara Cooper. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Start and end dates flexible.

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