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Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator

Company: American Booksellers Association
Location: White Plains
Posted on: September 7, 2019

Job Description:

Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator The American Booksellers Association (ABA), the trade association representing independent bookstores, is seeking a politically astute and analytically capable Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator to join its staff full-time in White Plains, New York. The Coordinator will provide support to help the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), advocacy and public policy division achieve both its short-term and long-term objectives. Overall, the coordinator's goal is to advance the mission by: providing input for formulating campaign strategy; creating and writing relevant content; helping with member outreach and communications; and helping build relationships with elected officials, businesses, and coalitions on behalf of ABA. This is not only a great opportunity for someone who loves books and has a keen interest in politics, but it is also a unique opportunity to develop relationships within advocacy and public policy organizations and to support independent booksellers. Responsibilities:Actively work to build like-minded coalitions to further ABFE/advocacy goalsRegularly scan and monitor policy and advocacy landscape and inform the Director of public policy issues of import to independent booksellingSupport campaign and advocacy initiatives as necessaryWork closely with Director creating ABFE and advocacy-related content for ABA's association newsletter and press releases, as neededWork with Director to maintain and update relevant advocacy web pages and all other relevant content and support materialsPerform administrative tasks as necessaryRespond to ABA members' inquiries regarding ABFE and advocacy issues.Work with Director and content team on monthly free speech podcast. Qualifications:Bachelor's DegreeExcellent oral and written communication skillsStrong attention to detail and ability to operate as a self-starterAbility to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and demonstrate persistence in support of key policy initiativesCommitment to the First Amendment and freedom to readStrong writing, proofreading, and fact-checking skillsAbility to manage, organize and prioritize multiple tasksKeen interest in politics and an understanding of the legislative processExperience in public policy/advocacy is a plusKnowledge of small business, the retail and the book industry and independent bookselling are pluses How to apply:Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to , with "ABFE" in the subject line.-- APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Location:This is an in-office position at 333 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York. Shuttle service is provided from the White Plains Metro-North train station. About ABA:Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. ABA's core members are key participants in their communities' local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education, information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans. The American Booksellers Association is committed to fostering a diverse staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, or disability status. For more information about ABA, visit BookWeb.org.

Keywords: American Booksellers Association, White Plains , Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator, Other , White Plains, New York

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