Playworks Mid-Atlantic is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing, hard-working and eager individual to serve as the Government Affairs Intern. As the office is in growth mode, this is an excellent opportunity for a talented individual to make a difference and be directly involved with critical projects as well as an exciting team. The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy and an interest in learning about the inner workings of a non-profit.About Playworks:
Playworks' mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Today, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 2,500 schools across the United States and reaches more than 1.25 million students directly and through professional training services. This year, Playworks Mid-Atlantic's aim is to serve 42,500 students in 97 schools.Purpose:
To expand and ignite advocacy and engagement efforts in the political sector and increase visibility in the community. This position will support the Playworks national movement and AIM to provide safe and active play for every child while developing a sustainable and vibrant operation at the local level.Duties:
- Research new and historic legislation, congressional district demographics, and Members of Congress and the Executive Branches position statements on key issues related to play, social and emotional learning and physical activity, largely in the education space.
- Assist the Board advocacy task force by preparing fact sheets, infographics, presentations, position papers, and briefing materials on both politics and policy
- Help draft the quarterly advocacy content for the e-newsletter PAC newsletter, manage content for internal PAC social media (Yammer), and support PAC fundraising campaigns
- Work on projects including legislation tracking, data management, and event planning
- Attend meetings with government officials and industry trade associations, with and on behalf of the Board Advocacy Task Force and staff.
- Help keep staff and partner groups updated on relevant policy/legislative developments and current events
- Coordinate a government relations calendar
- Interact and network with the broader education community in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Support the prospecting of national, state and local entities that can become partners in scaling efforts (youth development organizations, government entities, etc.)
- Enter leads and background information into Salesforce
- Develop materials that will be used to steward partnerships
- Develop reports that will be shared with strategic growth partners
- Background/ interest in Public Policy and/or social entrepreneurship (prior advocacy experience a plus)
- The ability to communicate information well written, spoken, and via telephone is highly desired in this position
- Passionate about civic engagement, play, urban education, youth development, and non-profits - not afraid to ask bold questions and be curious
- Self-motivated, team oriented and reliable. Don't have to be asked twice or reminded about a project
- Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects
- Flexible and adaptable - works well with ambiguous/undefined problems & openly seeks advice and best practices
- Detail/Accuracy Oriented- all procedures and policies must be understood and followed
- Comfortable with people and possible school visits
- Familiar with Google Drive applications and/or Salesforce preferred
- Able to project a professional and positive image of Playworks
- Able to maintain confidentiality of all aspects of job responsibilities
Compensation, Location and Schedule:
- Positively impact the lives & futures of children in our community
- Mentorship with the Board of Directors Advocacy Task Force
- Awareness of social service and youth development issues
- Network with professionals in the corporate, foundation, government and non-profit communities
- Obtain references for future career opportunities
- Implement your own skills and ideas
- Depending on your interests and skills, you will also have opportunities to participate in other aspects of nonprofit work
- Have fun and work with an energized and impassioned team!
- This is a highly competitive internship and is 15-20 hours per week.
- The internship is unpaid.
- We are accepting students currently as of their junior year. The internship is the length of a semester with an option to return for a second semester, if approved by the Executive Director.
- Intern will spend time in the office at 1411 K St NW, Ste 601,Washington DC; 2601 N Howard St, Suite 310 Baltimore MD; and in the field.
Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Our ambitions demand that we invest in recruiting, developing and managing a team that reflects the broad diversity of our communities. Our core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community and healthy play are the foundation of our organization and are infused in all aspects of our work, including recruiting and retaining the best talent we can.
As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.