The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a national nonprofit working to reverse today’s extreme levels of corporate concentration and advance policies to rebuild the economic capacity of local communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our work illuminates the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration and shows how we can change the rules to create a more equitable and democratic future. Our analysis is frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies. 

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Advocacy and Communications Manager

The Advocacy and Communications Manager will join ILSR’s Independent Business team, which works to expose the consequences of corporate concentration and build support for local, state, and federal policies that check monopoly power and build thriving, equitable communities. In this role, you will report to the Senior Policy Advocate to execute campaign strategies and manage relationships with allied organizations and coalition partners, including a coalition of nearly 30 independent business groups and alliances advocating for antimonopoly reforms. This role holds a range of advocacy, communications, and campaign coordination responsibilities, including:


Campaign Coordination (40%)

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with allied and partner organizations, including gaining an understanding of partners’ internal priorities to inform campaign strategy
  • Coordinate an existing table of partners, including facilitating engaging, productive meetings, and coordinating joint campaign actions, such as press events and sign-on letters
  • Recruit, organize, and support partners and small business owners for media interviews, op-eds, and engagement with federal and state policymakers
  • Identify, recruit, and develop new partners and small business owners for advocacy
  • Maintain and manage a campaign database and various tracking systems

Communications and Advocacy (40%)

  • Work alongside the Senior Policy Advocate and ILSR’s communications team to develop messaging and communications materials for the campaign, including:
    • Preparing communications materials such as op-eds, talking points, small business testimonials, and social media content showcasing monopoly power’s direct impact on small businesses
    • Preparing rapid response communications materials
    • Draft other written materials for the campaign on behalf of coalition partners
  • Interview and capture the stories of small business owners and partners for written and/or video statements. Coordinate with ILSR communications staff to produce videos
  • Draft weekly email updates to inform campaign members of updates and news
  • Develop and maintain the coalition’s social media channels
    • Write, edit, update, and schedule digital content using social media management, email marketing and website content management systems to mobilize partners
    • Create and maintain a content calendar to keep team and partners informed and coordinated on plans and strategy
    • Analyze engagement data and audiences to create recommendations focused on growing the rest and impact of SBR

Advocacy Support (15%)

  • Support ILSR’s Independent Business Team, including the Senior Policy Advocate, in their engagement with policymakers
  • Develop expertise on monopoly power and small business
  • Maintain policymaker, partner and ally lists
  • Monitor policymaker activities

Administrative Tasks (5%)

  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks as directed by your supervisor

A Successful Candidate is:

  • A strong writer and communicator with the ability to synthesize and convey complex ideas and policies in a clear and compelling way
  • Skilled at recruiting, following up, listening and pleasantly persistent
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • A creative thinker and collaborative team member
  • Attentive to accuracy, detail, and nuance
  • Strong social media skills and experience
  • Passionate about the ILSR’s mission of countering corporate monopolies and building community power
  • A skilled time manager with the ability to manage both long- and short-term deadlines, and the capacity to change focus based on organizational needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in organizing, communications, campaigns, or advocacy
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Understanding and engagement with public policy and economic issues, the legislative process, and grassroots movements
  • Experience using the software and tools our communications team relies on: Google Workspace, Dropbox, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Canva, Action Network, New Mode and WordPress


This position is full-time and can be done remotely or based in an ILSR office in Minneapolis, MN; Portland, ME; or Washington, DC.  This is a grant-contingent position.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $75,000 depending on skills, experience and location.  Position includes 100% employer-paid health plan (you pay no premiums); generous vacation, holiday and parental leave; and a retirement plan with a matching contribution.  We are a dynamic and friendly team dedicated to making the world a better place.  ILSR takes professional growth seriously.

This is a bargaining union position with salary and benefits subject to pending collective bargaining, represented by OPEIU Local 12.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter addressed to Katy Milani, résumé, and two writing samples reflecting your original work to The cover letter should be no longer than 400 words and include mention of how you learned about the position.

The writing samples should be no longer than 1,000 words each (excerpts of longer pieces are welcome). Please submit all materials as a single PDF.

The subject line of the email should say “Application for Advocacy and Communications Manager.” We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until this position is filled. Check ILSR’s website for updated information.

If you’re excited about this position, but feel you don’t meet 100% of the requirements, please apply — it never hurts to try.

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Composting for Community Internship Opening

(Summer 2022 Paid Internship)

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is seeking a summer intern to join our Composting for Community Initiative team. We are advancing home, community, and on-farm composting as part of our mission to build healthy and equitable communities. Composting recovers food waste, enhances soils, cuts pollution, protects the climate, and supports local food and jobs. It is an integral part of moving toward a circular zero waste economy that replaces the burn-and-bury wasting paradigm, which disproportionately harms communities of color. Our strength is sharing best practices. We provide workshops, training, guides, outreach materials, webinars, networking opportunities, and more.

See the initiative homepage ( for the team’s recent work providing composting training and supporting on-farm composting.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for learning, public interest work, engaging with partners, and researching and documenting equitable policy and programmatic solutions that benefit marginalized communities as well as farmers and other small and locally rooted businesses. 

Who We Are

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, diverse, equitable communities. To reach this vision, we build local power to fight corporate control. We are a national research and advocacy nonprofit organization founded in 1974 that partners with allies across the country to build an American economy driven by local priorities and accountable to people and the planet. We work in key sectors including energy, waste, broadband, and retail.

What You’ll Do

Intern responsibilities may include the following:

  • Research, writing, and analysis of policies to support community-scale and on-farm composting
  • Research and writing of community and on-farm composting success stories
  • Compost workshop and webinar support (such as registration, outreach, managing virtual platform)
  • Community Composter Coalition support (such as processing new member applications, planning national virtual forum and webinars, conducting annual census, note taking) 
  • Writing website posts
  • Other projects as assigned

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  • Highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented: Strong sense of ownership over goals. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Flexible and able to adapt to shifting priorities. Leave things better than you found them. 
  • Reliable and able to build relationships: Comfortable collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, from elected officials to rural and urban farmers. Interest in building alliances and supporting a nascent and diverse community-scale composting network. Welcome feedback and able to adapt to new ideas and priorities. Follow through on commitments. Build authentic relationships with others based on mutual trust and respect across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, status, sexual orientation, ability, or gender identity.
  • Committed to racial equity and social justice: Recognize ways that race, income, and other identities intersect in shaping societal disparities. Open to learning how trash disproportionately impacts marginalized communities and to supporting zero waste policies and programs that address environmental justice. Interest in joining a team who are working to recognize how our own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.
  • A strong communicator and computer proficient: Pride in providing clear, helpful information. Effective writing and speaking skills. Solid proofreading and editing skills. Attention to detail. Computer skills with proficiency ideally in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more). 

Research experience along with knowledge of waste, composting, farming, or other environmental policy issues and prior experience are plusses, but are not requirements.


This internship pays $16/hour. We work remotely and welcome applications from anywhere within the U.S. 

Term of internship: May 2022 to late summer 2022 (negotiable, given school schedule or other commitments). Minimum 10 week commitment; 20 to 40 hours per week. Extending this position beyond the summer is also possible.

How to Apply:

Use the subject line “Composting for Community Internship Application” when sending your materials to and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional or academic references. We will keep applications open until the position is filled.

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ILSR is committed to providing employees with a welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. ILSR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.