Employment

Thank you for your interest in working with Alabama Arise. We work every day to build a better Alabama for all through research, organizing and advocacy. We believe in a state that offers justice, mercy and opportunity for everyone. And we believe better public policy is essential to make that vision a reality.

Current positions available

Alabama Arise is now hiring a Development Director, Health Policy Advocate and Southeast Alabama Organizer.

Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of congregations, organizations and individuals united in our belief that people in poverty are suffering because of state policy decisions. We also recognize the decisive role that racism plays in creating barriers to political participation and economic equality and have made an organizational commitment to increase racial equity in all that we do. Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote state policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Using policy analysis, advocacy and organizing, Arise provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates to promote the common good.

Arise staff are working remotely at this time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All positions posted may be based outside of our Montgomery office but may require periodic travel to Montgomery for staff meetings, membership meetings and other events.

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Development Director
Health Policy Advocate
Southeast Alabama Organizer

Alabama Arise is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

Job announcement: Development Director

POSITION

Alabama Arise is growing our staff and growing our development team along with it. We seek a Development Director to sustain, manage and grow our grants portfolio and to manage and grow our individual and group membership program to support our strategic vision. This position will supervise the Development Associate and Office Assistant.

The ideal candidate is passionate about building a better Alabama for all and values dignity, opportunity, justice, and racial equity. This role presents an exciting opportunity for someone with strong development and grants management experience; relationship management and donor stewardship skills; excellent writing and research skills; abilities in strategic planning and organizational development; and a demonstrated commitment to social justice, grassroots leadership and building the power of everyday people to change policy.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND TASKS
  • Manage and grow Arise’s $1.8 million grants portfolio, including managing all grant applications, reports and funder relationships.
  • Prospect new funding opportunities to support Arise’s strategic vision and mission for both our 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) entities.
  • Sustain and grow a $220,000 member giving portfolio, in partnership with the Development Associate and the Office Manager, to support the work of Alabama Arise and Alabama Arise Action.
  • Supervise the implementation of individual and group giving stewardship plans and review all donor communications.
  • Coordinate with policy, organizing, campaign, communications and finance staff to ensure grant compliance.
  • Direct a subgranting strategy and coordinate subgrantee partnership to support Arise’s strategic goals and to ensure grant compliance.
  • Participate in all Arise staff meetings, leadership team meetings and board meetings. Participate in strategic visioning and planning to align Arise’s development strategy with our strategic plan.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Alabama Arise.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, and/or experience commensurate with the required knowledge and skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed.
  • Familiarity with the local and national funding landscape for policy, advocacy and organizing will be prioritized.
  • Ability to work remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and to commute to the Montgomery office when needed. Position may be based anywhere in Alabama.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, solve problems, work collaboratively and juggle multiple tasks.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Development Director is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Director. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 annually, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, and professional development opportunities. Candidates should live in or be willing to relocate to Alabama and be available to travel frequently.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume, cover letter, two professional writing samples and contact information for three references to by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. CST. Use the subject line “Development Director.” Examples of relevant writing samples include but are not limited to grant applications, fundraising appeals, newsletter articles or blog posts. No calls, please.

Job announcement: Health Policy Advocate

POSITION

Alabama Arise is growing our staff and deepening our capacity to advance equitable health policies. We seek a Health Policy Advocate to direct Arise’s health advocacy campaigns and community engagement, working to advance consumer-driven health equity and better health outcomes for Arise’s members and constituents.

The ideal candidate is passionate about building a better Alabama for all and values dignity, opportunity, justice and racial equity. This role presents an exciting opportunity for someone with health policy experience; a demonstrated passion for advancing health equity; the ability to build relationships with broad stakeholders and to communicate about complex health policies in accessible, everyday language; and a demonstrated commitment to social justice, grassroots leadership and building the power of everyday people to change policy.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND TASKS
  1. Manage and direct Alabama Arise health policy and advocacy
  • Owning the health policy portfolio: In coordination with the organizing and campaign teams, responsively monitor health policies and develop or inform Arise policy positions.
  • Coordinating health policy campaigns: In alignment with the organizing and campaign teams, develop materials, messaging and strategies on key health policy campaign goals.
  • Strategic partnership development: Convene strategic coalitions and represent Arise at key partnership tables to advance health equity goals.
  • Funder relationships: Report on Arise’s health advocacy and policy work to relevant funders.
  • Administrative and implementation advocacy: Develop administrative strategies and agency relationships with Medicaid, Public Health and other health agency staff.
  • Legislative advocacy: As a registered lobbyist, build trusted working relationships with Alabama legislators and decision-makers from across the political spectrum. Represent Arise by delivering and facilitating effective testimony in support of health policy and legislative priorities.
  1. Developing and supporting Arise’s patient-centered advocacy approach to Medicaid reform
  • In close partnership with allies including the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, develop and grow the Alabama Community Health Partnership (ACHP) to engage and inform Medicaid members in improving Medicaid quality outcomes and measures.
  • In partnership with the Health Policy Organizer, develop a process for ACHP community representatives to identify patient-centered Medicaid improvement goals.
  • Support the training, development and leadership of directly impacted community members in advocating for their own health equity goals.
  • Serve on Alabama Select Network (Medicaid Integrated Care Network for Long-Term Care) Consumer Advisory Committee.
  1. Serve as a integral member of the Arise policy team
  • Work consistently in alignment with Arise’s mission, vision and values.
  • Identify opportunities for Arise to engage more strategically on health policy campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Policy Director and Development Director to secure funding support for Arise’s health policy goals.
  • Train Arise members and community partners on key health policies and health equity goals.
  • Collaborate with the organizing team and Communications Director to participate in public events and media interviews to educate the public about health policies and health equity goals.
  • Attend and provide reports when required at meetings of the Arise board of directors and Arise’s Legislative Committee.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Alabama Arise.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, and at least two years of relevant experience in public policy. Work experience may be substituted for a relevant degree.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed.
  • Familiarity with state and federal landscape for health policy
  • Ability to work remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and to commute to the Montgomery office when needed. Position may be based anywhere in Alabama.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, solve problems, work collaboratively and juggle multiple tasks.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Health Policy Advocate is a full-time position that reports to the Policy and Advocacy Director. The salary range is $58,000 to $62,000 annually, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, and professional development opportunities. Candidates should live in or be willing to relocate to Alabama and be available for occasional travel within and outside the state.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume, cover letter, two professional writing samples and contact information for three references to by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. CST. Use the subject line “Health Policy Advocate.” Examples of relevant writing samples include but are not limited to academic publications, blog posts, grant proposals or popular health education materials. No calls, please.

Job posting: Southeast Alabama Organizer

POSITION

Alabama Arise seeks an Organizer to work in a designated region of the state to support the mission and vision of Arise by organizing religious and community groups and individuals in support of state and national policies affecting Alabamians marginalized by poverty. The Organizer will organize grassroots activity on issues affecting Alabamians living in poverty and work to generate activity among Arise members (both groups and individuals). The Organizer will work to build long-term, sustainable relationships across their designated region of the state. They will plan and facilitate a variety of meetings and events, including issue briefings, listening sessions, advocacy trainings and panel presentations. The Organizer will work with the organizing team to help develop and fine-tune goals and metrics to meet overall organizational strategic planning goals. The Organizer will report to the Organizing Director.

The ideal candidate is passionate about ensuring that Alabama’s communities have the resources they need to implement community-based solutions and policies to alleviate poverty and inequity. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has strong community relationship building skills, has experience equipping and motivating people to action, and values dignity, justice, opportunity and racial equity. This job is for you if you are enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, focused and have an interest in public policy at the local, state and/or federal level.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND TASKS
  • Arrange and follow up on about 60 days of outreach each year.
  • Professional presentations before Arise member groups and partners on poverty issues, advocacy skills and Arise legislative goals.
  • Interpret complex policy issues in terms that members and constituents can understand, in ways that relate to their needs and concerns.
  • Effect an organizing style that communicates a willingness to hear members’ concerns and to engage in open-minded dialogue.
  • Meet individually with leaders of religious and community groups to build the Arise coalition or to build a short-term coalition on a specific project as needed.
  • Plan and lead training workshops which develop leadership and motivate people to take action on poverty issues.
  • Plan and implement special efforts to broaden the diversity of Arise membership.
  • Recruit new leaders to Arise’s membership base.
  • Check in with Arise member group contacts on a regular basis to motivate, develop leadership skills, share information, encourage planning, gather feedback, and assist in organizing the group or community.
  • In partnership with the organizing team, local leaders and other Arise staff, develop and implement local strategies to equip more low-income constituents to advocate on poverty issues.
  • In partnership with the organizing team, local leaders and other Arise staff, develop and implement campaign strategies to increase support in key areas and among key populations of the state.
  • Communicate concerns of the membership to the organizing team, the Arise staff and as appropriate, the board of directors.
  • Coordinate as needed with the communications team on media outreach and actions, including social media outreach and event announcements.
  • Attend regular organizing team work planning and evaluation meetings.
  • Dedicate time each month to keep informed and up to date on Arise’s priority issues and organizing concerns. This includes participating in organizing team issue briefings that equip team members with information and tools to do the work.
  • Lead special projects as needed to further organizing and organizational goals.
  • Maintain your own files and be organized.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Alabama Arise.
  • Relationship-building skills: ability to connect and work with diverse groups and individuals to strengthen Arise’s coalition.
  • Commitment to social justice, racial equity and inclusion.
  • Strong facilitation, leadership and public speaking skills: ability to design and lead different types of session formats with diverse groups.
  • General knowledge of poverty issues and the legislative process.
  • Good telephone and video presence and strong communication skills.
  • Ability to write and type your own correspondence while communicating clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to devote 60 days a year to field work, including many meetings on evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team structure.
  • Driver’s license and your own vehicle.
  • College degree plus two years of organizing experience. Equivalent years of relevant work experience can substitute.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Organizer is a full-time position that reports to the Organizing Director. The salary range is $45,000 to $50,000 annually, in addition to a full benefits package including health and dental coverage, retirement contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, and generous professional development opportunities.

The position is based in Arise’s Montgomery office. However, alternative work location arrangements may be made if the best qualified candidate is located elsewhere.

HOW TO APPLY

Email a resume, cover letter, two professional writing samples and contact information for three references to by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 5 p.m. CST. Use the subject line “Organizer.” Examples of relevant writing samples include but are not limited to a self-introductory communication, event/meeting announcement, advocacy alert or event/meeting follow-up communication.

The position will be open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No calls, please.