Jobs & Internships

Available Positions:

  • Development Associate
  • Research and Policy Intern

Job Description: Main Street Alliance Development Associate

Location: Remote

General Purpose: The Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a development associate to work with the MSA management team on the development and execution of fundraising strategies for MSA and its affiliates.

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:

  • Research funding opportunities & coordinate meetings with funders/donors.
  • Create and maintain materials to support new funder/donor outreach and pitching.
  • Write MSA foundation materials. Work with the MSA management team to compose proposals. This entails a process of discussions which outline proposals, writing a first draft by a date set (well in advance of deadlines), reviewing with the appropriate member of the management team prior to submission, taking and integrating feedback, and finalizing proposals.
  • Work with the MSA National Director and state affiliate leads on program planning, clarifying organizational development goals, sharpening campaign strategy, and developing coordinated/aligned fundraising plans.
  • Support state affiliates to develop fundraising plans. This may include: writing proposals, reviewing proposals, doing planning meetings with state programs staff, researching additional funding sources for affiliates, etc.
  • Maintain tracking and reporting systems and write and submit reports to foundations.
  • Maintaining foundation files. This includes keeping online files updated and working with the administrator to keep hard copies of files in the Seattle office so that both the development director and the members of the management team can access foundation proposals.
  • Provide occasional writing and research support for MSA campaigns and projects.

Supervision: The Development Associate is supervised by and accountable to the MSA National Director. The Development Associate will write and review monthly work plans with the National Director.

Evaluation: There will be an evaluation at the three month anniversary and each year after that. The review process will include feedback from affiliates, a self-evaluation, and an oral review meeting that will be summarized in a written evaluation and placed in the personnel file.

Compensation:

  • DOE
  • Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays, as per personnel policies. 

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: stephen@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Development Associate

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: Main Street Alliance 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.  **Note that the position is unpaid, but every effort will be made to ensure class credit is accrued.**

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:

  • This position is unpaid, but every effort will be made to ensure class credit is accrued.

To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: michelle@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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