LEAN Seeks Southern Nevada Legislative Advocate

JANUARY 3, 2023 — As the 2023 Nevada Legislature prepares to convene its 82nd session on February 6, Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada (LEAN) is offering a temporary part-time contracted position for a Southern Nevada Associate Legislative Advocate to help statewide advocate Bill Ledford connect with assembly and senate members, identify and follow legislation that meets LEAN policy board criteria for support or opposition based on Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Social Statements, and keep the board and all LEAN constituents apprised of all legislative developments.

Applicant should be a Southern Nevada resident — specifically Clark and Nye Counties.

Representing member congregations of the Grand Canyon and Sierra Pacific Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada (LEAN) advocates for the common good and promotes public policies that reflect the Christian values of peace, justice, dignity, reconciliation, and empowerment for all people, as well as for care of creation. Advocates on these issues, in both public and private sectors of society, provide representation for those who are denied access to the political process due to current conditions or limitations.

The position is by part-time and arms-length independent contractor agreement will be in effect through June 30, 2023. Offered rate of pay is $16, minimum 8 hours per week, maximum 12 hours per week.

Duties include:

• Meet and engage with Nevada assemblypersons and state senators, electronically and in person when possible, during 2023 legislative session from February 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023, preferably as a registered lobbyist on behalf of Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada (LEAN) and the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

• Attend monthly Zoom board meetings and provide full report of activities, legislation updates, etc.

• Monitor all potential and fully written assembly and senate legislation, including Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) and joint resolutions, as listed on official Nevada Legislature website, on a regular basis

• Identify bills with language and goals that fit LEAN’s advocacy mission and ELCA Social Statement guidelines. Make recommendations to Board on which bills to target for advocacy engagement. The LEAN board will select targeted legislation based on ELCA Social Statement guidelines and in keeping with LEAN’s mission statement. Areas of interest include hunger, social justice, criminal justice, education, children/family, housing, financial equality, and human dignity.

• Create spreadsheet listing “target” legislation as directed by Board and maintain spreadsheet with updates on each bill’s progress.

• Follow selected legislation through all stages of development and report progress board regularly. 

• Arrange regular in-person interaction with Southern Nevada ELCA congregations to offer updates on LEAN-endorsed legislation, based on ELCA Social Statement parameters

• Advocate for clergy and parishioners to follow LEAN initiatives and activities and become involved in the organization’s mission

• Participate and help organize LEAN events such as hunger simulations or educational seminars

Interested parties are invited to e-mail leanforjustice@gmail.com

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