Job Description: Advocacy Director
Who We Are
Arizona Advocacy Foundation (AZAF) and our sister organization Arizona Advocacy Network (AZAN) are devoted to defending and deepening Arizona’s commitment to democracy. We believe the cornerstones of a vibrant democracy are meaningful voting rights and access to the ballot, political decisions driven by voters instead of money, and a fair and independent judiciary. We advocate removing or modernizing outdated election rules that keep citizens from voting and fight back against voter suppression tactics. We provide a clear and consistent voice in defense of democracy, whether at the Arizona Legislature, the Secretary of State and County Recorders’ Offices, the Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission, or in court.
AZAF/AZAN is committed to advancing equity in our democracy by centering the voices of communities of color and other historically disenfranchised Arizonans. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to equity.
AZAF/AZAN encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.
The Advocacy Director will be primarily responsible for advocating for the interests of voters and a strong democracy to those elected and appointed public officials who are most directly responsible for protecting and strengthening our democracy: Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, County Recorders and Elections Directors, and Arizona Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission.
- Strengthening existing relationships and building new ones with state and local elections officials.
- Working with other AZAF/AZAN staff and partner organizations to develop advocacy plans, including setting clear policy agendas and timelines, and leading the execution of those advocacy plans.
- Managing relationships with coalition partners and other allies working toward shared democracy reform goals.
- Researching potential reforms that would strengthen Arizona’s democracy if enacted.
- Representing AZAF at community and coalition meetings, conferences, and other settings.
- Participating fully in long-term organizational strategic planning process, with an eye towards how we can most effectively advance democracy reforms.
- Assisting in the day-to-day operations of AZAF, including sharing in occasional fundraising, communications, and management responsibilities.
Applicants must have a(n):
- Demonstrated commitment to progressive values including voting rights, people-powered democracy, and racial equity and inclusion
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously from start to finish
- Willingness and desire to be open and communicative with our team and with others
- Willingness to ask for help
- Ability to develop expertise in election law and policy (prior expertise preferred but not necessary)
- Ability to thrive in new and unfamiliar settings, and to work collaboratively with diverse communities and people
- Significant experience in public policy or working with elected officials
- Familiarity with Arizona’s political and election policy landscapes
- Salary is commensurate with experience ranging from $45,000-$60,000. Health, dental, and/or vision insurance are provided via premium reimbursement.
Please submit by email (email@example.com) a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references including their email, phone and relationship to you. Applications are due May 24, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.