Friday, July 07, 2006
Description of the Advocacy Lead
Background: Each year funding for AmeriCorps programs faces challenges in the Labor and HHS Appropriations Committee in Congress. The fight for AmeriCorps is never-ending and this year’s budgeting season is no different. Luckily many AmeriCorps alumni and AmeriCorps supporters have stepped up to advocate on behave of all AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps Alums cannot and will not accept budget cuts to such a valuable National Service program, which is why we are developing an Advocacy Lead position.
Roles and Responsibilities: The Advocacy Lead (AL) will work closely with AmeriCorps Alums staff to stay up-to-date with what is happening with AmeriCorps funding in Congress. The AL will then be responsible for disseminating this information out to the other members of his/her local chapter. Occasionally, all ALs will join together via conference calls, trainings and other events.
Training Opportunities: Realizing that not every person has experience with policy and advocacy, AmeriCorps Alums will provide training opportunities for ALs. Trainings will include, but are not limited to: information on the legislative process, tips for letter writing campaigns, tips for congressional visits, etc.
Possible Involvement and Action Steps: Since this is a new position the exact responsibilities have not been defined. Although some possible action steps/responsibilities include:
· Maintaining communication with AmeriCorps Alums staff;
· Creating and maintaining a phone tree for your chapter;
· Contacting your mayor and/or governor to educate them about AmeriCorps and to ask him/her to write a letter;
· Collecting signatures on letters to Congress;
· Planning and presenting at community forums;
· Participating in AL conference calls and training (if possible);
· Attend Voices for National Service Hill Day on September 14, 2006 (if possible);
· Tracking and reporting advocacy efforts to AmeriCorps Alums;
· Creating relationships with local Congressional Representative;
· Visiting website regularly to stay up to date with information;
· Providing feedback on the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts; and
· Alerting your chapter members to advocacy action alerts- as they occur
Qualifications: This person should have experience in public policy and/or interest in learning more about it. The AL should be have excellent written and oral communication skills. Access to a computer is essential.