Jobs & Internships

Available Positions:

  • Campaigns Director
  • Policy and Government Affairs Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Research and Policy Intern

Job Title: Campaigns Director

Location: Washington D.C.

The Main Street Alliance/Action Fund Campaigns Director will drive the organization forward focused on building power, shaping narrative and public opinion toward long-term structural change through ambitious coordinated national and state campaigns and policy.

Position Overview: Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a Campaigns Director to drive an ambitious program going on offense on bold, pro-business progressive policy change at the local, state and national levels, while lifting up the strategic voices of our small business members to block bad policy. The Campaigns Director will work with national and state staff to align issue campaigns, policy, strategy, power building, and leadership development.

About Main Street Alliance: Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve.  Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issues and a variety of job quality issues.  We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Drive. Drive the organization forward to build power in states and nationally and win campaigns.

  • Build sharp and strategic campaigns. Use your deep campaign, power analysis, organizing skills to create and execute strategic campaigns.

  • Relationship development and management. Develop and maintain relationships with key partners and stakeholders as necessary to advance MSA’s work.  Partners and stakeholders include coalition partners, policy experts, and public officials and their staff.

  • Make No Small Plans. But do make well-written ones. Own the project of having well written campaign plans and supporting documents that project our work out 12-18 months in advance. Ensure that the state teams are bought in and own the plans.

  • Look to the long-term. Push every campaign to address not just the short-term gains but how they interact with Main Street Alliance’s long-term goals.

  • Assist in setting strategy and goals. Work closely with the National Director, Deputy Managing Director, Leadership and senior staff to develop and articulate overall organizational strategy, goals, and plans.

  • Build deep trust. Invest in relationships with staff in order to deeply understand their self-interest, including in-person time.

  • Be inclusive. Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being.

  • Model our values and culture. Model optimism inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. Model transparent and accountable decision- making, and build this culture on staff.

  • Integrate new ideas and work. Take the hand off of ideas, deals, relationships, and new areas of work from the National Director and Deputy Managing Director and move them through the implementation stage with appropriate staffing and adjustments to roles.

  • Be an innovator and prospector. Cast around for the next big issue and specific issue, electoral strategy, power building plan, etc.

Experience

The ideal candidate should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with community, labor, or electoral organizations where you had success in developing and winning campaigns.

  • Similar level of experience supervising staff, with a strong track record of building teams and developing staff leadership.

  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners.

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational communication skills.

  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on experience; please include desired range in cover letter. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.

To Apply: Send a pdf of cover letter, resume and salary requirements to casey@mainstreetalliance.org and jobs@mainstreetalliance.org with “Campaigns Director” in the subject line. Visit our website to learn more about us at mainstreetalliance.org.

Position is open until filled.

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 

Job Title: Policy and Government Affairs Manager

Location: Washington D.C.

Position Overview: Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a Policy and Public Government Manager to manage the Main Street Alliance’s public policy engagement on a variety of national and state level economic and social policy issues.    

About the Main Street Alliance:  Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve.  Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issues and a variety of job quality issues.  We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Policy platform development and management.  Work with MSA national team and state affiliates and chapters to develop and manage comprehensive policy agenda for the MSA network.

  • Policy research and analysis.  Research relevant policy issues and their impact on MSA leaders, members and the communities that they serve; provide strong critical analysis to help guide the MSA team in ongoing campaign work at the state and national level.

  • Writing. Draft policy papers, position statements, testimony, fact sheets and other policy documents to support the work of the MSA national team and MSA chapters and affiliates.

  • Relationship development and management. Develop and maintain relationships with key partners and stakeholders as necessary to advance MSA’s work.  Partners and stakeholders include coalition partners, policy experts, public officials and their staff members, and funders.

  • Lobbying and engagement with administrative officials at the state and national level.

  • Tracking state and federal legislation and providing timely updates on legislation to MSA national team, state affiliates, leaders and members.

  • Keep team up to date. Drafting monthly policy updates for the MSA national team, state affiliates, leaders and members.

Desired Experience:

  • Masters Degree in public policy, sociology, economics, economic development, government affairs or equivalent to 3 years experience working in public policy organization focused on taxation & budgets, healthcare, job quality, or a related field.

  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners.

  • Project management experience or experience supervising research staff and/or interns.

  • Lobbying or government affairs experience.

  • Organizing experience (community organizing, grasstops organizing, labor organizing).

  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysisand familiarity with policy research tools and resources.

  • Sense of humor & desire to help build a strong, growing organization of progressive business owners working to change the conversation about what is good for business in America.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on experience; please include desired range in cover letter. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.

To Apply: Send a pdf of cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements to casey@mainstreetalliance.org and jobs@mainstreetalliance.org with “Policy and Government Affairs Manager” in the subject line. Visit our website to learn more about us at mainstreetalliance.org.

Position is open until filled.

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 

Job Title: Research Associate

Location: Washington D.C.

Position Overview: Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a Research Associate in the Washington, DC office. This is an entry to mid-level position that reports to the Communications Director. The research associate will be responsible for conducting high-level policy research to support Main Street Alliance’s public policy imperatives, and assisting in implementing a data-driven communications plan that gives small business owners a voice on pressing public policy issues. The Research Associate will be tasked with broader research and communications work depending on national network priorities.

About the Main Street Alliance:  Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issue,  and a variety of job quality issues. We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

Research & Writing

  • Conduct daily research on MSA’s public policy imperatives. Analyze and distill that research into fact sheets and talking points.

  • Work with MSA’s national network, coalition partners, and lawmakers to research and draft white papers on pressing issues.

  • Support the initiation of new research by reviewing and synthesizing information from academic institutions, think tanks, policy institutes, coalition partners, and Congress.

  • Monitor Congress to identify and track policy directions in transition.

  • Support special projects undertaken by the MSA national and state teams that require research, materials preparation, and project management.

  • Other duties as assigned

Communications

  • Effectively organize, catalogue, and distribute MSA’s research-based communications materials.

  • Support in writing press releases and media stories.

  • Help disseminate information about MSA’s work to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Support in curating, creating, and scheduling social media content.

  • Write for the website and update website content.

  • Perform general administrative tasks and other duties as needed, supporting Communications Director.

Desired Experience

  • Either 2-3 years conducting research, with a focus on policy research and writing, or equivalent educational experience.

  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis and familiarity with policy research tools and resources.

  • Writing experience across a variety of mediums and audiences - from public relations to blogs to policy papers.

  • A demonstrated ability to understand and work on a number of different policy issues at once.

  • Project management experience or experience supervising research staff and/or interns.

  • Strong proofreading and editing skills for a variety of documents.

Qualifications

  • Sense of humor and desire to help build a strong, growing organization of progressive business owners working to change the conversation about what is good for business in America.

  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice, and to building the collective voice of small business owners.

  • Excellent project management skills, able to manage many multi-phase projects with multiple partners and across different deadlines

  • Detail oriented and organized.

  • Fluency in Microsoft Office suite and Google Drive a must. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud and content management systems a plus.

  • Able to react quickly to changing needs in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on experience; please include desired range in cover letter. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.

To Apply: Send a pdf of cover letter, resume, writing samples (Policy Memo, Research Brief, etc.) and salary requirements to casey@mainstreetalliance.org and jobs@mainstreetalliance.org with “Research Associate” in the subject line. Visit our website to learn more about us at mainstreetalliance.org.

Position is open until filled.

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 

Job Description: Research and Policy Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Purpose: The Main Street Alliance is seeking highly motivated, talented, and intelligent graduate- and undergraduate-level interns to join in its policy and research team. The ideal intern is detail-orientated with great interpersonal skills, flexibility, humor, good judgment, and a passion for social justice.  

About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.

Duties:

Responsibilities will vary, depending on the education level, interest, and training of the candidate.  In general, the intern will be responsible for supporting the policy team with research around key issues and with participation in advocacy activities. Duties will likely include:

  • Creating policy materials, including congressional one-pagers, infographics, fact sheets, sign-on letters, and other materials for internal and external audiences

  • Researching and provide analysis on policy issues related to job quality (i.e., paid family leave, earned sick leave, minimum wage)  tax fairness (international tax reform, corporate tax reform), financial reform, access to capital, the environment, and other issues as needed

  • Attending and report back on coalition meetings and hearings

  • Monitoring and tracking related news and related legislative developments using a myriad information sources

  • Assisting  with government relations and public policy projects as assigned

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills

  • Attention to detail a must

  • Strong and demonstrated research skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and progressive social change

  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities and tasks in a fast paced environment, but be focused when needed on the matter at hand

  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with a team

  • Knowledge of finance or tax policy a plus

Supervision: Interns will report directly to the Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs and will be an integral part of the Washington, DC team.

Compensation:

  • Class credit + stipend 

To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: angela@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Research and Policy Intern

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 


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