Reports To: Public Policy Manager
FLSA Status: Full Time/Exempt
NOTE: To be considered for this position, a completed employment application is required. The application may be downloaded at http://www.tcfv.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Employment-Application.doc. Applicants must also submit a resume and a cover letter.
I. Purpose & Summary of Position:
The Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent family violence.
The Policy Analyst builds relationships and develops resources related to family violence program policy as well as best practices for service provision to survivors of family violence among other areas. In the assigned area, the Policy Analyst will provide consultative services to agencies and professionals that provide services to, or advocate for, survivors of family violence, or that develop and implement laws, regulations, funding, and policies relating to family violence. This position requires high degrees of professionalism, energy, adaptability, and attention to detail with a strong ability to strengthen relationships, collaborate, and respond to constituent needs.
II. Priority Functions / Accountabilities
1) Research, assess, and maintain a strong knowledge base on best practices for service provision to survivors of family violence, organizational policies, funder requirements and regulations, relocation and confidentiality, and other related issues.
- Research, create, and draft written materials that support programs, survivors, state and federal policymakers and funders among other entities.
- Respond accurately in a supportive, timely, and professional manner to requests for technical assistance to determine compliance with the requirements of state and federal agencies and funders. Additionally, provide technical assistance to various entities in an effort to support survivor-centered services.
- Must be comfortable providing training to both small and large groups on relevant topic areas.
- Consult with staff, family violence programs, funders, and state and federal policymakers (legislative or regulatory) in response to requests for analyses, evaluations and opinions regarding implementation of family violence and related laws, rules or policies; actively solve problems with providers to ensure effective operating and management policies and procedures, utilizing interviews, professional experience and research, gathering, verifying and analyzing factual information and detail.
2) Investigate, analyze, and make recommendations to state and federal policymakers and their staff regarding policies, procedures and legislation concerning services to survivors and systems with which survivors may interact.
- In coordination with the Team, develop processes to monitor opinion inquiries from staff, programs and state and federal policymakers to analyze the effective implementation of laws, rules and policies, as well as the institutional response to survivors. Consult with experts and other allied professionals to obtain advice on behalf of providers. Develop public policy research, analysis and public education materials for use by family violence programs and allied professionals, with particular emphasis on increasing access to services and housing for survivors, dating violence, family violence program supports and privacy and relocation issues.
- Collaborate with the Team, agency staff, and Board of Directors in drafting and advocating for passage of a legislative agenda favorable to the Council, its member programs, family violence centers, survivors and allies. This may include Research and analyze potential effects and impacts of pending state and federal legislation on survivors of family violence, as well as on service providers: draft, develop and publish fact sheets and alerts for distribution to Texas family violence centers and allies.
- Track and analyze key federal and state policy issues, including researching and monitoring state legislative committees, interim committees, task forces, state and federal regulatory bodies, including HHSC, DFPS, OAG, and Office of the Governor, Councils of Government and TDCJ and others.
- Other projects and responsibilities may be added and/or changed at the discretion of the Policy and Planning Manager or Senior Policy Director.
3) Financial / Administrative
- Utilizes agency’s resources responsibly.
- Ensures timely and accurate reporting of grant activities, including contributing information for agency’s funding applications.
- Prepares, manages, and adheres to annual work plan and budget for project activities.
- Assists in ensuring compliance with all TCFV contracts.
III. Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Demonstrated experience providing direct advocacy services to survivors of family violence.
- Demonstrated ability to produce excellent written materials.
- Strong and effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills to participate in, facilitate or lead teams to engage and/or partner with a wide variety of people and organizations, from state agency personnel to grassroots community organizers; develop and maintain strategic professional working relationships with community members, domestic violence program staff, agency staff and board, vendors, consultants, allied professionals, other stakeholders and general public. Must be proactive, communicative, responsive, creative, flexible, and results-oriented to accomplish agency and program goals; and possess mission of service attitude with a strong commitment to and knowledge of constituent service and relations.
- Ability to analyze and synthesize information, make sound decisions, take action, persuade and inform others, negotiate to gain commitment to a point of view, action or advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their families. Ability to make independent judgments and sound decisions in unchartered situations.
- Thorough knowledge of domestic violence issues and circumstances faced by those experiencing domestic violence.
- Self-driven, self-directed to work independently and as part of a team and/or with minimal supervision, disciplined time management skills to coordinate and prioritize own and others’ activities; evaluate progress, provide feedback; and reallocate resources as needed.
- Ability to respond with sensitivity and awareness to those with diverse cultural, ethnic, social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages.
- Communication skills that analyze for audience and purpose and are suitable for presentation and written publication, and strong presentation skills and public speaking abilities.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills to elicit commitment to and advancement of TCFV’s mission and vision both internally and externally and to respond diplomatically to challenging issues.
- Strong ability to give and receive feedback with openness and respect.
- Self-starter, energetic, able to work independently, enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives and thrives in a dynamic environment.
- Excellent organizational and oral communication skills including editing.
- Strong time management skills to coordinate and prioritize own and others’ activities, evaluate progress, and to allocate resources to complete activities with set deadlines.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, women’s studies, public policy, criminal justice, or related field, or any combination of related education and experience with a documented record of the ability to perform duties and responsibilities of the position.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; and demonstrated ability to learn new software as needed.
- Comfortable reading and interpreting statistical information.
- Bi-lingual Spanish language skills preferred.
IV. Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands: Ability to read, write and converse in English, and to travel overnight occasionally and tolerate prolonged sitting or standing. Must possess the emotional and physical stamina to deal with a variety of stressful situations, such as: responding to complaints; handling difficult internal and external interactions; effectively working long and, at times, odd hours; maintaining a professional attitude and a sense of humor throughout.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and minimum level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position. The employee will be required to perform any other job-related duties as required by the job objectives, the Public Policy Manager and mission and philosophy of TCFV.