Job Opportunities

Legislative Communications Fellow

November 21, 2018

The Legislative Communications Fellow (Fellow) will be responsible for tracking legislation within Forward Montana’s legislative policy priorities and communicating with our members through emails, earned media, and social media about the legislature. Additionally, the Fellow will coordinate 4 webinars that provide critical skills to young Montanans to advocate for the issues that they care about at the legislature.

Forward Montana’s legislative policy priorities are:

  • Conservation (public lands & renewable energy)
  • Economic justice (affordable housing, education & healthcare)
  • Equality (LGBTQ, racial, & gender equality)
  • Voting Rights (Voter modernization efforts)

The Fellow may work remotely and will be expected to accomplish assigned projects on time and effectively. Further, the Fellow should feel comfortable advocating for progressive policy change that creates a more just, inclusive and sustainable Montana.

Forward Montana is dedicated to grassroots training for new leaders through hands-on activism; as such, the fellowship provides opportunity for professional development. Applicants should be self motivated and accountable while bringing a sense of humor to their work.

Responsibilities:

Fellowship responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Write & publish FMT’s weekly legislative blog “What the Helena?”
  • Develop educational & rapid response memes to be shared through social media
  • Coordinate 4 webinars throughout the session about what’s at stake for young Montanans & ways they can engage
  • Identify existing FMT leaders to speak at committee hearings as well as write & submit OpEds & LTEs
  • Tracking legislation relevant to the public policy goals set forth by Forward Montana

Qualifications:

Gotta-Have Skill Sets: Must be present for a candidate to move forward in the hiring process.

  • Passion for grassroots organizing and building youth power
  • Ability to independently manage and complete multiple tasks and projects accurately and by deadline
  • Ability to communicate effectively through written communication using culturally relevant memes, references, and gifs
  • Comfort with frequent change & urgency

Nice-to-Have Skill Sets: Not required, but having these skills would make a candidate’s transition into the job more seamless for the individual and the organization.

  • Basic graphic design and social media savvy
  • Experience in planning successful events
  • Demonstrated ability for proactive thinking
  • Understanding of the legislative process

Strong Applications will be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Team Player  
  • Self Motivated
  • Funny (broadly defined)
  • Quirky
  • Cool (broadly defined)
  • Focused
  • Flexible

Working Conditions:

  • May be based anywhere in Montana and as such work remote from the manager
  • Must be comfortable working under pressure with quick timelines
  • May work some nights & weekends

 

Logistics:

  • Compensation: $12-$14 per hour for up to 20 hours per week; position is a part-time, temporary position from January 2, 2019 through May 10, 2019
  • Orientation: Fellow will be paid to participate in 10 hours of orientation about Forward Montana, the legislative session, and youth power building between December 10 to December 20, 2018
  • Location: Montana
  • Application Deadline: Rolling, preferred applicant date December 1.

Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (prompt below) to Kiah Abbey, Deputy Director, at kiah@forwardmontana.org with the subject line “Legislative Communications Fellow”.

Writing Sample Prompt: What is the most pressing issue facing young Montanans? How does it affect us and why? Please keep your sample under 300 words and utilize a culturally accessible, fun, & informative voice.