I. Purpose & Summary of Position
The Texas Council on Family Violence is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition in Texas dedicated solely to creating safer communities and freedom from family violence. With a state-wide reach and direct local impact, TCFV, with the collective strength of more than 1000 members, shapes public policy, equips service providers, and initiates strategic prevention efforts.
The Policy Manager reports directly to the Policy Director and is a member of the Policy Team. The Policy Team informs, supports and implements survivor-centered policy legislative, and regulatory initiatives; creates accessible opportunities and resources for improved stability and sustained well-being for survivors of domestic violence and their families; collaborates with allied partners and agencies; and provides liaison between family violence service providers and state agencies.
This position manages the TCFV Policy Legal Sub-team, including supervising, supporting, and overseeing work of on-site and remote employees on various projects and grants. The Legal Policy Manager provides training, technical assistance and systems advocacy to survivors, advocates, civil and criminal legal systems professionals, and other allies to support development and implementation of laws and policies that enhance safety and expand legal options and other important opportunities for survivors of family violence.
II. Essential Responsibilities/Duties
- Manage and implement statewide projects enhancing legal responses for survivors of family violence. Manager will provide oversight of a project portfolio including domestic violence high risk teams, fatality reviews, the legal advocate network, National Network to End Domestic Violence Census coordination, and other assigned projects related to civil and criminal justice responses.
- Develop and provide training on issues related to family violence laws and best practice policies for advocates and other family violence program staff, judges, law enforcement, probation and parole personnel, civil and criminal lawyers, prosecutors, and other allied professionals and community members across the state, focusing on enhancing professional and systemic approaches to family violence which prioritize victim safety and maximize offender accountability.
- Respond to requests for information and technical assistance on issues related to criminal and civil legal systems; and/or other public policy issues, via phone calls, emails and listserv posts; and follow-up as needed.
- Develop technical assistance resource materials for family violence programs and allied professionals, including legal research and development of legal memoranda and policy recommendations; and document institutional responses to survivors seeking assistance. Consult and collaborate with legal experts and other allied professionals as needed.
- Assist in creation, development and update of written materials and protocols or manuals as assigned.
- Provide training to other technical assistance staff in own areas of expertise, to increase the capacity of the agency for providing technical assistance when requested.
- Research, track, and provide recommendations about bills during legislative session, including TCFV’s priorities and other proposals that would impact family violence survivors and the allies who serve them.
- Develop resources and offer expertise and training to guide implementation of new family violence laws following legislative session.
- Assist the Director in development of grant proposals, reports, and long-range planning for the Team’s grant activities.
- Supervise Policy Coordinators as assigned, assist the Director in overall supervision of the Team and in achievement of goals.
- Other projects and responsibilities may be added and/or changed at the discretion of the Director.
III. Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public policy, or criminal justice or other related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in a leadership role, including budgeting and supervising staff, and a minimum of three years legal and/or systems advocacy experience on behalf of survivors or other special interests.
- Juris Doctorate or Masters in a related field preferred. Experience providing direct services to individuals affected by domestic violence preferred.
- Or any combination of related education and experience with a documented record of the ability to perform duties and responsibilities of the position. (Equivalency formula: two years of experience is equal to one year of education)
- Must be proactive, communicative, responsive, creative, flexible, and results-oriented to accomplish agency and program goals; and possess mission of service attitude with a strong commitment to and knowledge of constituent service and relations.
- Strong and effective interpersonal skills to participate in, facilitate or lead teams to engage and/or partner with a wide variety of people and organizations, from state agency personnel to grassroots community organizers; develop and maintain strategic professional working relationships with community members, domestic violence program staff, agency staff and board, vendors, consultants, allied professionals, other stakeholders and general public.
- Self-driven, self-directed to work independently and as part of a team and/or with minimal supervision, disciplined time management skills to coordinate and prioritize own and others’ activities; evaluate progress, provide feedback; and reallocate resources as needed.
- Ability to respond with sensitivity and awareness to those with diverse cultural, ethnic, social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages.
- Thorough knowledge of domestic violence issues and the circumstances faced by those experiencing it. Commitment to a non-violent perspective and willingness to work in such an environment.
- Demonstrated program development, project management and supervisory skills.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and professional skills in developing relationships with diverse audiences, including governmental agencies, funders, private sector interest groups, and/or other public interest advocacy groups.
- Critical analytical skills to understand the political, social, financial and external issues affecting service providers; to foresee and interpret trends and dynamics changing needs of TCFV constituents; and to develop process and resources to respond effectively and in a timely manner.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills suitable for training and speaking before groups.
- Self-driven to manage time and complete multiple activities within deadlines.
- Experience with Microsoft Office applications and can adeptly navigate new software and technology.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team, providing support and constructive feedback in interpersonal interaction with staff, board, and members.
- Commitment to performing at the highest standards of excellence, including responsiveness to colleagues and to people outside the agency seeking assistance.
IV. Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands
Ability to read, write and converse in English, to travel as needed and tolerate prolonged sitting or standing. Must possess the emotional and physical stamina to deal with a variety of stressful situations, such as: responding to complaints; handling difficult internal and external interactions; effectively working long and, at times, odd hours; maintaining a sense of humor throughout.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and minimum level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position. The employee will be required to perform any other job-related duties as required by the job objectives, the CEO and mission and philosophy of TCFV.