The Public Affairs Analyst (PAA) provides research, analysis, and recommendations for stakeholder engagement, relationship, and public affairs (SERPA) activities as Craft3 seeks to confront the challenges of systemic racism, the climate crisis, and the state of Tribal and rural economies present across Washington and Oregon. In this role, the PAA will work directly with Craft3’s President and as part of a dynamic team bringing a social and climate justice lens to Craft3’s work.
Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that seeks to create lasting positive impacts in Pacific Northwest communities. We recognize the need to tackle systemic racism, the climate crisis, and challenges rural and Tribal economies face if this is to become a reality, particularly for those who have been historically underserved and marginalized. While we do this primarily by providing loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals, and families, we also seek to complement these financial resources by working in concert with others who share our goals and whose voices will prove essential to achieving success. Learn more at www.craft3.org
Craft3’s SERPA team, working closely with executive and business unit leadership, is charged with helping Craft3 identify and build this diverse array of relationships and amplify those voices. Persistent, strategic, and patient, SERPA team members employ their skills and experience in government relations, strategic partnerships, and policy to advance Craft3’s short-term and long-term goals, ranging from capital development to overcoming Regional Challenges related to systemic racism, the climate crisis and rural and Tribal economies. In doing so, Craft3 seeks to integrate legislative and public policy strategies, government and community relations, and advocacy with the work of others in the region’s community development “ecosystem” to drive more equitable and sustainable futures for all Pacific Northwest communities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include some or all the following and are not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee’s specific job duties, priorities, and performance expectations are detailed in individual performance plans.
Drafts and collaborates with executive leadership to design, develop, and implement public affairs-related initiatives, activities, and systems and procedures to advance and coordinate SERPA objectives across relevant business units.
Conduct research, analyze and leverage data, and generate insights and recommendations for policy team and leadership.
Provide support for relationship and coalition/network building and management, including identifying, researching, and recommending potential organizational partners and allies and working with the Washington Community Investment Coalition of which Craft3 is a member and has a seat on its Executive Committee.
Prepare policy materials and content, including fact sheets, reports, testimony, talking points, briefings, comment letters, presentations, and other correspondence.
Prepare other communications, including internal content management and knowledge sharing, legislative updates, and content for use with stakeholders and other external audiences.
Track and analyze relevant legislation, rulemaking, and appropriations at local, regional, state, and federal levels, including:
Attending hearings, mark-ups, and other committee activities;
Reporting on and evaluating such activities; and,
Providing recommendations, and supporting efforts to respond to requests for proposals, requests for information, and other inbound inquiries that Craft3 may wish to address.
Assist in the planning, management, and coordination of SERPA projects, including Craft3’s participation in select conferences and meetings.
.Remote flexible schedule is available within Oregon or Washington, near one of our offices; Astoria, OR · Bend, OR · Klamath Falls, OR · Portland, OR · Seattle, WA · Spokane, WA · Port Angeles, WA · Walla Walla, WA
Application Deadline: First review of applications will begin in December and continue until the position is filled.
Craft3 offers a competitive salary $65,000 to $86,000 annually plus benefits: medical, dental, vision, Life/AD&D, LTD/STD insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, volunteer time off, professional development, wellness program, transportation, remote flexible schedule within Oregon or Washington, and 403B Retirement savings plan with employer match. For more information about Craft3 and our Benefits visit our website at: www.Craft3.org/Careers/benefits.
Craft3 is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Knowledge and Experiences
3-5 years of public, government, and/or community affairs experiences, preferably including legislative, policy, or advocacy experience at the state or federal level; orequivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of significant legislation and other emerging policy issues relevant to the financial services industry and CDFIs, specifically, and to the Regional Challenges Craft3 has identified (e.g., policies related to small businesses, equity and inclusion, energy, climate change, housing, and economic development). Demonstrated competence in public policy advocacy and coordination. Bilingual capabilities (English/Spanish) a plus.
Preferred Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
Excellent prioritization, solution oriented, organization skills and effective time management to succeed in a semi-autonomous, fast-paced environment.
Effective oral and written communication skills and keen attention to detail
Ability to communicate complex policy issues to a variety of audiences ranging from government decision makers to the general public; proven expertise in field of policy.
Passion for strengthening resilience of Pacific Northwest disadvantaged and underserved communities, including communities of color and rural and Tribal communities.
Self-starter with an ability to work well within a matrixed environment, manage competing priorities, and consistently exercise sound judgment, especially under circumstances where information is unknown, ambiguous, and/or incomplete.
Strong work ethic, a high level of integrity, and the desire to achieve.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, external partners, and diverse communities.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Professional, file share systems, Contact Relationship Management system.
Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological, and family resilience throughout Oregon and Washington communities. We do this by providing loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals, including those without access to traditional financing. We then complement these financial resources with our expertise, professional connections, and other advocacy for our clients. Learn more at www.craft3.org