Lobbyist and Public Policy Analyst

Position Description

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change seeks to make an immediate hire of an experienced lobbyist and policy analyst for the 2016 regular and special legislative sessions, to work with NOC’s senior leadership, community members, and respected local experts to build a community-based and People of Color-led coalition to strategize an agenda for concrete wins and structural change.  This is a full-time position through at least September 2016 with competitive salary and benefits and the possibility of longer-term work, depending on funding streams.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Meet with core community partners to align the core priorities and create Black, POC, and Native-­led coalition agenda for the 2016 regular legislative session and for the Governor’s special session focused on intersectional racial equity.

  • Shepherd legislative priorities towards meaningful and successful legislative outcomes.

  • Engage with NOC leaders, members, and community to create community-based understanding of legislative process, strategy, and agenda.  Advise NOC leadership on legislative strategy and tactics.

  • Coordinate and shepherd draft legislation through the House research and drafting process.

  • Meet with the Governor and senior staff to prioritize outcomes and develop strategy.

  • Meet with House and Senate legislative members to prioritize outcomes and develop strategy.

Core Outcomes

  • Build basis for long-­term relationship of influence and accountability within state legislature and governorship.

  • Win community­-based and community­-created policy agenda for racial equity.

  • Expand political voice and impact of Black, Native, and POC communities throughout the state.

  • Connect POC-led community organizing infrastructure to a broad set of legislative opportunities.

  • Develop Native and POC legislative leadership at the grassroots level.


  • Passion for and knowledge of racial justice and community-based organizing.

  • At least one year experience as a registered lobbyist, and at least three years of experience leading strategic policy work.

  • Experience with coalition-based accountability.

  • Deep knowledge of Minnesota legislative landscape, including state and local equity initiatives.  Must be able to identify opportunities for racial justice policy wins and legislative innovation.

  • Experience with process of drafting and revising statewide legislation.

  • Able to manage high-level relationships with maturity, excellent judgment, and confidentiality.  The successful candidate will have the highest ethical standards.

  • Demonstrated accountability to low-income communities, communities of color, the leadership of people of color.

  • Ability to work in multicultural and multi-racial settings.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Brings empathy, passion, and humor to the work.

  • Ability to deliver concrete results in a fast-paced and self-directed environment.

  • Highly organized and efficient, able to multi-task and meet deadlines.

Introducing NOC

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is a grassroots, member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities. NOC works at the intersectional framework of race, the economy and public policy. NOC is a collaborative, movement-building organization where decisions are made by people who are most affected by the inequities we seek to change.

NOC is widely regarded as a ‘movement hub’ as much as it is recognized as a traditional non­profit.  We believe that in order to work towards transformational change rooted in the liberation and sustainability of all communities, we need to build a POC-based organizational coalition based in a shared vision and aligned goals to move collective power. We are rooted in the geography, culture, history, and present-day experience of under-resourced communities and communities of color.

To Apply

Please send resume to Anthony Newby, Executive Director, at Anthony@mnnoc.org.  We are looking to hire quickly, and the position will remain open until filled.

For any additional questions including salary, start date, end dates, and logistics, contact Mari Tadesse, Executive Assistant, at mari@mnnoc.org.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

We desire a diverse pool of applicants and particularly encourage applications from women, people of color, the LGBTQ and immigrant communities.


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