SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) older people. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT+ older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT+ life in later years. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE has worked tirelessly for over 40 years on behalf of LGBT+ older people. Building off the momentum of the Stonewall uprising and the emerging LGBT+ civil rights movement, a group of activists came together to ensure that LGBT+ older people could age with respect and dignity. SAGE formed a network of support for LGBT+ elders that’s still going and growing today. SAGE is more than just an organization. It is a movement of loving, caring activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services, and support to older members of the LGBT+ community.
SAGE operates at the intersection of LGBT+ and aging experiences. Its work ensures that all LGBT+ older people have just and fair access to the opportunities they deserve and are free from ageism. SAGE is a learning organization rooted in community. It values collaborative teamwork internally and partnership externally. It places a premium on robust communication, and on listening to and learning from each other. It is committed to transformative change for LGBT+ older people. As such, SAGE values courageous creativity, openness, thoughtful risk-taking, and flexibility. SAGE is grounded in the spirit of “nothing about us without us.” It listens respectfully to the full breadth of voices of LGBT+ older people and seeks to positively impact all LGBT+ older people. Its work is data-driven, disciplined, and responsive to change. It works hard, continually improves, and is accountable for excellent outcomes.
Summary: Under the direction of the Executive Vice President, Senior Manager of Advocacy and Government Relations (New York) will represent SAGE and advocate for SAGE’s policy and budget priorities with elected officials, policymakers, and their staff in New York City and New York State governments.
- Develop and execute a budget advocacy strategy, in partnership with SAGE’s external government relations firm, to marshal New York City and New York State funding to support SAGE’s mission and propel our work forward
- Maintain, steward, build and manage relationships, through in-person and virtual meetings, phone calls, letters, and emails, with key city and state policymakers who are instrumental to SAGE’s work and LGBTQ+ aging issues
- Contribute to the development of SAGE’s New York City and New York State policy agendas, support materials, presentations, briefing materials, reports, and other materials to further SAGE’s advocacy work
- Advocate for New York City and New York State policies and legislation, as delineated in SAGE’s policy agendas, that advance LGBTQ+ aging issues
- Develop and deliver testimony to relevant committees of the New York State Legislature and New York City Council
- Coordinate and engage with partner organizations and coalitions to build support for SAGE’s policy goals and demonstrate support to issues and organizations that align with SAGE’s policy goals and core values
- Represent SAGE on key New York City and New York State LGBTQ+ and aging coalitions
- Partner with SAGE’s Director of Advocacy to ensure coordination with SAGE’s federal advocacy efforts and state-based advocacy in other states
- Stay current on existing and proposed New York City and New York State legislation that impacts LGBTQ+ older people
- Draft correspondence with key policymakers on behalf of SAGE’s staff leadership
- Continually broaden expertise in the area of LGBTQ+ aging and serve as a resource on LGBTQ+ aging policies internally and externally
- Coordinate with Director of Advocacy, Grassroots Organizer, Director of Coalition Building, Communications & Advocacy Manager, and other key SAGE Center staff in developing grassroots engagement plans to further SAGE’s policy efforts and identify opportunities for grassroots engagement with policymakers representing New York City and New York State
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
- 3-5 years of relevant professional or volunteer experience in advocacy, policy work, lobbying, or government
- Proven ability to work independently
- Excellent organizational skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and general computer skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage many competing deadlines.
- Works well under pressure.
- Strong leadership, motivation, and communications skills.
- Strong sense of humor.
- Deep understanding of and demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ+, HIV, and aging issues preferred; a deep commitment to both is required.
- Passion for SAGE’s mission.
- Demonstrated commitment to SAGE’s values of diversity and equity.
Location: New York, NY
Compensation: Salary DOE. SAGE offers a competitive benefits package as well as an exciting and unique work environment.
How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with “Senior Manager of Advocacy and Government Relations (New York)” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Please include your salary requirements in your cover letter. No phone calls, please.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Equal Employment Opportunity: SAGE is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women, older adults, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, poor and low-income people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.