Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Mennonite Central Committee Job Opening

The Mennonite Central Committee is looking for a Legislative Associate for International Affairs.  See the position details below.

Date Opened: March 12, 2014
Start Date: May 1, 2014
Resumes Accepted Until: April 4, 2014
Full Time Equivalent: 1
Reports To: MCC Washington Office Director
Travel Percent: 15-20%

This position will monitor, write about and guide advocacy efforts on U.S. policy with regard to Latin America and Asia. The position includes significant research, analysis, writing, speaking and networking responsibilities and may include mentoring of interns who follow international policy issues.

Individuals interested in this position should send a letter of intent and current resume by April 4, 2014 to Becky Ream at Questions may also be directed to Becky via email or by calling 717-859-1151.

§ B.A. degree (preferably with studies in Bible/religion, international affairs, political science, history, economics or related fields); master’s degree, preferred
§ 1-3 years experience working in public policy advocacy and/or work experience connected to Latin America or Asia
§ Proven research, oral and written communication skills
§ Ability to prioritize and manage multiple issues and tasks
§ Understanding of and ability to articulate biblical and Anabaptist perspectives on public policy
§ Ability to work effectively in coalitions and with diverse groups of people
§ Spanish-language proficiency, preferred

Assignment Description:
Extensive contacts internally with MCC workers in domestic and international settings, as well as externally with congressional staff and peers from like-minded organizations in DC. Gathers, interprets and communicates information—excellent research, writing and oral skills necessary. Presents workshops, seminars and speaking engagements for constituency groups.

This position does not supervise anyone.
Extensive resourcing of constituents and collaboration with other MCC staff. Should be a self-starter, able to synthesize information gathered from multiple sources and develop program plans accordingly. Tasks include constituent education through seminars, articles and action alerts; making congressional visits; and collaborating with members of other faith-based organizations in DC. Some degree of creativity and innovation is required.

Independent Action:
Position requires significant self-initiative, with ability to determine own approaches and methods. Must also be team player, able to participate in diverse coalitions, and the Washington Office team of 5-6 individuals. Supervision is monthly-quarterly.

End Result:
Gathers input from MCC International Program staff and service workers to determine MCC’s position on foreign policy issues. Communicates well to MCC constituency and U.S. policymakers MCC’s position on relevant issues.

Major Responsibilities:
Education – 35%Networking – 30%Advocacy – 35%

Education – 35%
· Prepare action alerts and write educational articles for various outlets
· Relate to constituency through seminars, speaking engagements, direct inquiries, etc.
· Assist in planning and conducting seminars for constituency
· Provide occasional mentoring for interns in office
Networking – 30%
· Collaborate extensively with other MCC staff and service workers related to Latin America and Asia
· Attend and participate in MCC-related activities (staff meetings, retreats, etc.)
· Work with colleagues from other church and like-minded agencies in DC
Advocacy –35%
· Research, monitor and analyze U.S. foreign policy by participating in (and, in some instances, giving leadership to) legislative working groups and attending conferences and congressional hearings
· Meet regularly with congressional offices and facilitate congressional visits by MCC staff and partners

Location Description:
The MCC Washington Office is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, about 8 blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. It is easily accessible via public transportation.

Washington, DC is a highly diverse city of about 600,000, with the total metro area population numbering approximately 5.8 million.


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