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Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) transforms lives by helping people move out of poverty and provides other organizations with the tools to do the same. As a leading nonprofit innovator that combines program delivery, independent research, and public advocacy, we offer a wide range of rewarding career opportunities. EMPath is committed to recruiting, hiring, and sustaining a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexuality, age, disability or veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an EEO/AA/ADA/ADEA employer based in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Salary: $45,000 to $50,000 USD Annually  

Position Title: Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator 

Supervisor: Director of Advocacy 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Occasional weekends or evenings may be required. 

Responsibilities:  

This position has four main areas of focus: Participant Engagement, Mentor Support, Lobbying and Administration. The responsibilities of this role, broken down into focus area categories include and are not limited to: 

Participant engagement (50%) 

  • Builds and supports participation of current and past EMPath participants in consumer group (Voices Advocacy Council -VAC) and other advocacy activities. This includes planning and facilitating of meetings in English and Spanish, recruitment and retention of members, providing information sessions at program sites and carrying out other outreach and engagement activities  
  • Runs voter engagement drives and helps educate participants and staff on voting  
  • Supports efforts to solicit feedback from participants to create and inform advocacy  
  • Supports the Story Sharing Network by helping to engage participants who speak Spanish in sharing their stories 
  • Translates materials for participants and for other advocacy purposes and provides live translation at events as needed 

Mentor support (25%) 

  • Supports mentors by serving as a primary resource for all issues relative to basic needs programs (cash assistance, SNAP, rental assistance, childcare vouchers, etc.). This includes outreach and awareness building, development of a tracking system and protocol for follow-up and creating materials  
  • Works with other departments to integrate advocacy work throughout the organization and learn from colleagues about the needs and experiences of participants; carries out internal advocacy presentations and trainings  
  • Partners with the Mobility Mentoring Center (specialist mentors) and the internal trainings department to coordinate trainings and opportunities for learning 
  • Develops content for mentor newsletter, intranet and website in conjunction with our communications team  

Lobbying (15%) 

  • This position will require registration with the state as a lobbyist 
  • Supports EMPath’s budget and legislative efforts; helps plan and organize for lobby days and advocacy events  
  • Represents EMPath at meetings and events as needed 

Administration (10%) 

  • Assists with updating Apricot, EMPath’s database 
  • Performs other administrative tasks as needed 
  • Works closely with departmental interns and volunteers 
  • Partners with our communications team in sharing information via staff newsletters, intranet, website, and social media.  

Qualifications: 

  • Please submit a cover letter to be considered for this position 
  • Spanish fluency required 
  • 3+ years of relevant experience with demonstrated strong capabilities in community engagement/organizing, advocacy, government, legal aid or direct services 
  • Strong experience with public speaking and facilitation, particularly with families who are low-income and/or experiencing homelessness 
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts state budget and legislative process  
  • Experience with or background in basic needs programs preferred 
  • Must be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, resolve conflicts and solve problems with minimal supervision 
  • Strong communicator with ability to build relationships and use influence to guide others 
  • Adequate experience with computer systems, Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint) online databases, social media and basic web communications; knowledge of Zoom and other online platforms 
  • A flexible self-starter with a great deal of initiative; able to anticipate needs 

Working Conditions: 

Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Work is currently being done remotely but will become a hybrid model in September (half time in the office/half time remote). This position will eventually travel to program sites throughout Boston often. 

Contact Us

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)
308 Congress Street, 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
617.259.2936
[email protected]