Job Title: Policy Coordinator with the Program Policy Sub-Team
Reports To: Public Policy Manager
FLSA Status: Full Time / Non-Exempt
Approved By: CEO
I. Purpose & Summary of Position:
The Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent family violence.
The Policy Coordinator works on the Program Policy Sub-Team of the Policy Team within TCFV, reporting to the Policy Manager or Policy Director. This Policy Coordinator will focus on supporting the development and implementation of best practices for service provision to survivor of family violence with a focus on the intersections of mental health and trauma informed advocacy and implementation of voluntary service models. They will also provide support, training, and technical assistance to agencies and professionals that directly advocate for survivors of family violence, including state and federal laws around service provision to survivors of family violence.
II. Priority functions / Accountabilities:
- Respond in a professional manner to requests for technical assistance and consultations for Family Violence Programs on topics including, but not limited to: creating and enhancing access to services for survivors of family violence, voluntary service models, best practices for service provision to survivors of family violence
- Create, develop and update written materials and protocols, including a focus on draft sample family violence program policies and client file forms, as appropriate, for use by survivors, family violence programs and allied professionals.
- Provide training, consultation, and support on the intersection of mental health and trauma and intimate partner violence.
- Maintain and update content, in consultation with program policy sub-team, for the Creating Safer Spaces sub-page, a hub for information for programs as they create service models, model forms and policies.
- In coordination with the broader Policy Team, develop processes to monitor and analyze the effective implementation of family violence laws, rules and policies;
- Assist with planning, coordinating and executing training events including serving as the primary trainer
- In coordination with the broader Policy Team, research, develop materials and provide support for the TCFV Public Policy Committee and the Policy Director prior to and during legislative session; and
- Perform other policy-related activities individually or in coordination with the Policy Team as requested by the Policy Manager and/or Policy Director.
III. Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Sought: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence issues and circumstances faced by those experiencing domestic violence. This should include an awareness of advocacy services that are survivor-centered.
- Well-versed on the intersection of mental health advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence as well as the intersections of trauma and intimate partner violence
- Strong and effective interpersonal and diplomacy skills to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people and organizations;
- Proficiency in using technology
- Self-driven to work independently with minimal supervision & use disciplined time management skills;
- Ability to work within a team to offer support and collaborate on team projects;
- Ability to respond with sensitivity and awareness to those with diverse cultural, ethnic, social backgrounds, values, attitudes, and languages
- Strong ability to give and receive feedback with openness and respect
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of employee, donor, funder, survivor and case information;
- Demonstrated skill in development and presentation of adult education programs involving social change issues;
- Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize information; and
- Proficiency with Windows 2000 or above, Microsoft Office applications and Microsoft Outlook. Comfort with databases and use of additional technology.
IV. Education and Experience
- Prefer three years’ experience in public policy or systems advocacy work, but must have at least one year in the domestic violence movement; and
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy, public health or related field; or
- Alternatively to the above, a combination of a lower degree of education beyond high school and additional years of experience with a documented record of the ability to perform duties and responsibilities of the position is acceptable.
V. Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:
- Ability to read, write and converse in English; Spanish in addition to English is highly desired but not required;
- Availability to travel, including some overnight trips; and
- Requires occasional bending, stooping, lifting and carrying objects up to 25 pounds, with or without accommodations.
The requirements of the Policy Coordinator’s position may exceed 40 hours per week and may require occasional adjustments in work hours, depending on assigned projects and activities.
TCFV expressly intends the above statements to describe the general nature and minimum level of work being performed. They do not represent an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for the position. TCFV will require the employee to perform any other job-related duties as required by the job objectives, the supervisor and mission and philosophy of TCFV.