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Job Announcement: Outreach & Community Relations Manager

New Mexico Voices for Children, the state’s leading research-based advocacy organization for New Mexico’s children and families, is seeking an experienced Outreach & Community Relations Manager. The purpose of this position is to oversee the development and management of strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships that further the mission and vision of the organization, including critical coalitions and networks. Download the full job description here.

About the Job

The Outreach & Community Relations Manager will initiate, develop and manage partnerships and coalitions between a complex set of actors, including non-profit organizations, community members, and policymakers. This role will enable the organization to more effectively build partnerships, increase the effectiveness of NM Voices-led and NM Voices-supported coalitions, and ultimately, as a result, advance critical policy change. This person is a member of the Policy Team and works in close collaboration with the Deputy Policy Director, Governmental Relations Director, Research and Policy Analysts, and the Communications team.

About the Candidate

The successful candidate is someone who loves New Mexico and its people and is passionate about equity, public policy, and working in collaboration to bring about positive change for the state, and will bring the following core competencies:

  • Is aligned with the mission, vision, and values of NM Voices for Children.
  • Is committed to equity.
  • Is well-versed in the initiation, development and maintenance of partnerships and coalitions.
  • Is detail-oriented particularly when it comes to the creation of schedules, agendas, and campaigns, and the maintenance of shared information and materials.
  • Has strong interpersonal skills, enjoys working with people, and excels in diplomatic engagement and negotiation.
  • Can tackle large and complex projects that include many people, organizations, and interests.
  • Can ensure effective flow of information to key parties.
  • Has strong project management skills and can help oversee implementation of work plans.
  • Has excellent communication skills, and the ability to communicate in compelling ways to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Enjoys working with community members, nonprofit partners, and governmental officials.

About NM Voices for Children

NM Voices was founded in 1987 by pediatricians who wanted to change the root causes of poor child well-being – causes like poverty, inadequate nutrition, violence, pollution, and homelessness. They knew that such entrenched problems would only be solved by changing the systems that perpetuated them. These systems include underfunded schools, the prevalence of low-wage jobs, wage theft by unscrupulous employers, unchecked predatory lending, substandard housing, and the criminalization of drug use, among others. Changing these systems requires educating lawmakers and other leaders about the problems and their solutions, and then holding them accountable.

Thirty-plus years later, this nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization still works to create systems-level sustainable change to improve the status, well-being, and racial and ethnic equity of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities. Our work is categorized under three main pillars – family economic security; cradle-to-career education; and health care and healthy communities – all with a unique focus on the state’s tax and budget policies. We look at every issue through a lens of racial, ethnic, and gender equity.

We work with state and national lawmakers and officials to help shape and implement public policies to improve opportunities and outcomes for hard-working families and their children. Because we believe in evidence-based advocacy, we conduct rigorous research and data analysis. NM Voices is the only nonprofit child advocacy organization in the state focused on examining tax and budget policy issues specific to the needs of workers earning low wages, under-resourced families, and communities of color.

We work in coalition with other New Mexico advocacy groups, as well as unions and grassroots organizers.

About Applying

Please send a letter of interest and resumé to Barbara Mike at bmike@nmvoices.org

This announcement will be posted until the position is filled. Combinations of academic, professional, and technical training in addition to work experience will be considered. NM Voices offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, paid vacation, a 35-hour work week, and a pleasant working environment.

NM Voices for Children is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, immigrants, individuals who have disabilities, are multilingual, multicultural, and members of the LGBTQI communities.

Download the full job description here.