Location: Philadelphia, PA
Reports to: Associate Director
Job Status: Part time, Not Permanent
Application Deadline: Accepting applications until the position is filled
Start Date: January 2, 2023
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is proud to announce our Policy Fellowship Program, offering graduate and doctoral students interested in understanding and working with us to develop policies that support local and diverse values-driven businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia. This fellowship provides a monthly stipend for a one-year period beginning January 2023 with the possibility of transitioning into a full-time role with the organization.
About Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia is building a just, green, and thriving economy. We empower the region’s diverse independent businesses to do well by doing good; we advance industries critical to a vibrant, local, equitable, and climate resilient economy; and we advocate for an economic ecosystem that centers localism, serves community needs, shares wealth, and protects the environment.
SBN’s members are local independent businesses that practice – and measure success by – the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Our programming educates business owners about financially, socially, and environmentally responsible best practices; facilitates honest and supportive discussions among peers; and provides important opportunities for civic dialogue. Our advocacy focuses on solutions that advance a just, green, and thriving economy.
Since our founding in 2001, SBN has remained the region’s only membership and advocacy organization playing the important role of serving Greater Philadelphia’s independent values-driven business community.
Reporting to SBN’s Associate Director, the Policy Fellow’s responsibilities include:
- Identify policy priorities and solutions that capture SBN’s policy goals, emphasizing equity, racial, and economic justice, and a triple bottom line framework (people, planet, profit). Priorities will be set in consultation with SBN staff and Board.
- Track and analyze public policy, local and state budgets, research and reports, model ordinances, and other relevant developments to identify opportunities and challenges for SBN to advance our policy priorities
- Assist with developing policy briefs, white papers, testimony, fact sheets, case studies, recommendation reports, and blog posts
- Educate and build momentum on relevant advocacy initiatives among SBN’s diverse business membership, stakeholders, decision-makers, and potential collaborators through activities ranging from small group meetings to public speaking engagements
- Collaborate with colleagues engaged in clean energy, green stormwater infrastructure, local food systems, and regenerative agriculture, and other sector priorities that may emerge
- Assist with creating policy-related programming based on the needs and topics of interest of SBN’s memberships
- Support organizational events, special projects, strategy conversations, and committees
- Assist with the preparation of grant reports and proposals with direction and supervision from the Executive Director
- Maintain a record of advocacy activities
- Demonstrated commitment to SBN’s values and mission
- Comfort and sophistication in applying a race, economic, and equity lens in a professional setting
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills and the ability to use data in shaping policy messages
- Team player with a collaborative working style, a proven ability to build consensus among a diverse group of individuals, and a successful track record for interdisciplinary work and intercultural collaborations
- Ability to work independently
- A working knowledge of systemic inequities, including an understanding of the historical context and root causes of these inequities, as well as strategies to overcome them
- Current graduate or post-doctoral student
- Ability to be flexible with morning and evening hours as needed
- Ability to attend off-site functions as needed
This is a great opportunity for a motivated professional interested in policy and solutions to help local, values driven businesses grow and thrive. The candidate will receive a monthly stipend of $3,000 for a one-year period. This position is a part-time role and does not qualify for SBN’s medical, dental, and vision benefits.
How to Apply:
Email a thoughtful cover letter and résumé as a single .pdf to Jared Lowe, SBN’s Associate Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Policy Fellowship” We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or email inquiries please.
SBN is an equal opportunity employer. SBN is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color and all gender identities and sexual orientations to apply for this and all open positions.