State Public Policy Chair Position Description

The state public policy chair (SPPC) advocates for and represents AAUW’s public policy priorities to policy makers, elected and appointed officials, AAUW members, the public, and the media. They also coordinate AAUW voter education and turnout campaigns among branches in the state.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the State Board

  • Align strategic direction of AAUW affiliates in your state with each other and AAUW national
  • Identify and connect branches with resources, opportunities, and trainings that will empower branches to meet their goals most effectively
  • Create and maintain structures that facilitate interbranch and branch-to-state communication and collaboration

Specific Responsibilities of the State Public Policy Chair

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Advocate for AAUW’s position on federal legislation to your state’s U.S. senators through letters and meetings
  • Identify individuals, branch public policy chairs, or others in each congressional district in the state to advocate for AAUW positions on federal legislation to U.S. representatives through letters and meetings
  • Work with the state board of directors to integrate advocacy and voter education and turnout campaigns with the strategic plan and other state priorities including membership, diversity, programs, leadership, and visibility
  • Spearhead and join statewide coalitions to work on AAUW public policy priorities
  • Develop and oversee the public policy and voter education campaign budgets for the state
  • Contribute to the state newsletter to keep members updated on efforts
  • Coordinate efforts with the national AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations Department grassroots advocacy staff

Responsibilities to Branches in Your State

  • Provide branch public policy chairs with position descriptions and ensure that branch chairs are familiar with all of AAUW’s resources for advocates
  • Encourage, support, and train branches in building local coalitions and promoting AAUW’s public policy agenda and voter education efforts
  • Maintain regular contact with branch public policy chairs

Responsibilities to AAUW

  • Keep the national AAUW office updated on branch and state public policy and voter education activities
  • Find and take positions on state and local issues; AAUW state boards should take positions and advocate on state legislation and regulations in accordance with the AAUW Public Policy Priorities

Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position

A good candidate will be skilled at program planning and development, team building, coalition building, communications and public speaking, and media relations.

Time Commitment

Approximate time required for this position is six hours per month. Attendance at state board meetings and conventions is required. Attendance at the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.

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