Washington State Long-Term Care Reform Campaign Organizer
Based in Seattle, WA
Washingtonians for a Responsible Future (WRF) is a broad-based coalition of aging and family-issue advocates, long-term care providers, labor, consumer rights, and social service organizations seeking to protect the financial health and wellbeing of individuals and families who need long-term care.
The issue of paying for long-term care: Contrary to popular belief, when seniors need help with long-term care (cooking, cleaning, feeding, bathing, transportation, assistance with medications, and more), they and their families must pay out of pocket for services, and/or provide that assistance unpaid, until they have impoverished themselves and qualify for Medicaid coverage; Medicare and traditional health insurance do not cover long-term care, and the few long-term care private insurance plans that do exist are unaffordable or inaccessible for the vast majority of individuals over the age of 65.
In 2015, Washingtonians for a Responsible Future successfully lobbied the state legislature to fund a study looking at possible long-term care financing reforms, both of which have the potential to help aging individuals and their families prepare for long-term care and avoid the potentially catastrophic LTC expenses that force many seniors into poverty. In 2016 WRF plans to launch a rigorous public awareness and advocacy campaign to educate the people of Washington and their elected officials on the financial crisis in long-term care, its emotional and economic impacts on aging individuals, their families and communities, and steps that political leaders should take to address the issue.
WRF seeks a part-time Campaign Organizer to improve and implement the advocacy and outreach elements of our overall campaign. This position will be responsible for organizing individuals with personal experience providing and paying for long-term care, conducting public outreach to organizations, creating a story bank and developing a speaker’s bureau; arranging and implementing advocacy opportunities during the 2016 gubernatorial and state legislative election cycle, including planning events that generate media.
- Develop and implement mechanisms for gathering personal experiences of individuals and families struggling to pay for care or family members struggling to provide unpaid care to a loved one
- Develop a speaker’s bureau of individuals and families with personal experiences, as well as subject matter experts
- Organize public events, including educational forums, rallies, town halls, etc.
- Conduct public outreach, including speaking to groups of interested parties, tabling at community events, and more
- Work with coalition members to recruit new institutions and trusted community leaders into the campaign
- At least 3 years of related or comparable campaign, advocacy, and/or communications organizing experience
- Understanding and familiarity with Washington political landscape
- Experience recruiting and developing grassroots leaders
- Experience working with executive-level leadership
- Experience engaging with legislators
- Experience working with aging, labor, health, social services, diversity-based, and family-centered organizations a plus
- Strong writing, communications, inter-personal and organizational skills
- Self-starter and motivated to experiment and be creative
- Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including working weekends and evenings
- Proficiency with basic computer programs
This is a part-time, 20 hour per week contract position running from February 1, 2016-December 31, 2016, however it may be extended and/or increased to full-time in 2017 dependent on funding availability. Pay rate is negotiable based upon experience.
To Apply: Send a résumé, cover letter, 3 references and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference: “Campaign Organizer” in the Subject Line.
WRF provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, gender, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other discrimination prohibited by law. In addition to federal law requirements, WRF complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
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