Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, the Associate Director of Policy is responsible for ensuring that the Forum works as effectively as possible to advance the work of our members to engage in government relations and public policy work at the state, regional and national level. Working in collaboration with the rest of the Forum team and with our members, and in collaboration with other partner organizations, the Associate Director of Policy will plan and execute strategies to help regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations advance effective policy that will strengthen philanthropy and move the needle on issues that their members support; strengthen relationships and partnerships between philanthropy and government; and provide a collective voice for the Forum network.
This is a full-time, exempt position based in the Forum’s Washington, DC office. Salary in the low 80s, commensurate with experience, with a competitive benefits package including health coverage and a retirement plan.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Building Members’ Policy Capacity
- Develop, organize, execute and evaluate the Forum’s programs and services to strengthen the capacity of Forum members to engage in public policy and government relations work, including the annual policy institute.
- Develop tools and resources to help Forum members engage in public policy and government relations work.
- Manage the Forum’s Public Policy Peer Community for members, which provides opportunities for people with public policy and government relations responsibilities to connect, learn and share with their colleagues through a listserv, regular calls and an annual in-person convening at the Forum’s annual conference.
- Write the Forum’s biweekly public policy update for members and contribute policy updates for the Forum’s general member newsletter.
- Plan, organize and execute periodic policy-focused calls and webinars for members to help advance, inform and support their policy and government relations work.
- Provide ongoing technical assistance on policy and government relations to Forum members through periodic check-in calls, responses to inquiries, etc.
Public Policy Engagement – Forum Members
- Plan, organize, execute and evaluate the Forum’s annual Foundations on the Hill event.
- Plan, organize, execute and evaluate a yearlong program to help Forum members engage with their legislators, which includes the writing and production of an August recess guide and monthly policy playbook.
- Write periodic policy alerts and calls to action for members.
- Track members’ public policy engagement and activity and share with network as appropriate.
- Regularly monitor and stay abreast of all policy issues affecting philanthropy and the broader nonprofit sector.
- Manage annual survey of Forum members’ policy capacity and activities, working with evaluation consultant.
Public Policy Engagement - Forum
- Provide primary staff support for Forum’s Public Policy Committee, which guides and supports for the Forum’s public policy and government relations initiatives and programs.
- Manage the Forum’s processes and procedures for taking policy positions.
- Work with CEO and Senior Vice President to prepare Forum’s positions and viewpoints on policy issues, through official statements, blog posts, op-eds, etc.
- Work with the CEO, Senior Vice President, other identified staff, and volunteer members to support strategic alliances and collaborative activities in order to build a national presence for philanthropy with policymakers.
- Identify prospective relationships, strengthen existing relationships, and facilitate the exchange of information between the Forum and federal agencies, as appropriate.
- Work collaboratively with Forum members and key national partner organizations to ensure coordinated public policy and advocacy efforts.
- Represent the Forum at national policy tables with our partners and colleagues.
Special Projects & Other Duties
- Manage Forum’s special policy-focused initiatives, such as the current census 2020 initiative.
- Work with CEO and Senior Vice President to garner additional grants and sponsorships to support Forum’s policy work.
- Other duties as assigned.
Selection Criteria to Qualify for This Position
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Five or more years’ experience in policy/advocacy in philanthropy or nonprofit field and/or experience working in government; strong, existing relationships and experience with public officials at national level a plus.
- Enthusiasm for the use of advocacy and public policy engagement in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage key public policy relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
- Strong analytical and technical skills and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities.
- Effective project management and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to and passion for the Forum’s mission.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team.
- Knowledge of philanthropy/nonprofit sector preferred.
- Building Relationships
- Communicating Effectively
- Customer Focus
- Strategic Agility
- Supporting Organizational Goals
- Acting Strategically
- Building and Supporting Teams
- Champion for Change
- Critical Thinking
- Prioritizing and Organizing Work
Submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org; please use the following subject line: “Associate Director of Policy: Last Name, First Name.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse team and encourage applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.
No telephone inquiries please.