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Senior Associate, Public Policy and Government Relations

ABOUT HUMANITY UNITED:

Humanity United (HU) is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. We build, lead, and support efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. HU is part of The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of organizations, each guided by its own approach, but united by a common desire to catalyze social impact.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Senior Associate is a temporary fixed term position supporting the Public Policy & Government Relations (PPGR) department in Humanity United’s Washington, D.C. office. The Senior Associate will responsible for managing key elements of the PPGR department’s advocacy agenda and will help advance team objectives, coordinate partnerships, and track outcomes. The Senior Associate will also work on specific related to HU’s strategic initiatives and future direction of the PPGR department. This position will collaborate across Humanity United, particularly with Communications, Investments and Operations.

 

The Senior Associate will provide services to HU and its affiliated 501(c)(4) organization Humanity United Action (HUA) under a shared services agreement. All legislative advocacy will be performed on behalf of HUA.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The Senior Policy Associate will be based in Washington, D.C.  Responsibilities will include program support for the Public Policy and Government Relations department, on behalf of HU and HUA. Essential job functions include:  

Support Policy Advocacy

  • Develop a thorough understanding of persons-of-influence in the anti-human trafficking and peacebuilding fields and stay abreast of relevant news, legislative progress, legal developments and strategic issues in key countries and related to priority issues.
  • Network with relevant organizations and entities, as needed, to promote awareness of HU and its priorities. Cultivate relationships with stakeholders, including Hill staff, allied organizations and survivors.
  • Engage in advocacy on HU’s Portfolios – Human Trafficking & Supply Chains, Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention.
  • Attend conferences, meetings, and other events on behalf of Humanity United.

Research Collection and Data Analysis

  • Track new legislation and trends.
  • Monitor and track implementation Public Policy & Government Relations workplans to assess and record impact.
  • Develop, review and edit outreach materials.
  • Research domestic and international anti-trafficking and peacebuilding laws, policies, and issues relevant to HU’s areas of focus.
  • Analyze anti-trafficking and peacebuilding legislation and policy; and
  • Perform additional research on the anti-trafficking and peacebuilding fields, including with respect to the future direction of HU, as requested.

Communications

  • Develop and distribute letters to and review letters from stakeholders, including allies/organizations and policymakers.
  • Plan and coordinate conference calls/webinars with organizations/allies.
  • Work directly with Communications staff to update the website, post Blog pieces, draft social media and develop content in support of advocacy goals.
  • Distribute/promote reports and HU outreach materials.
  • Manage internal communications practices and systems for Public Policy & Government Department, including key internal communication protocols, internal website, email distribution lists, and other communication tools, in coordination with IT staff.
  • Engage survivors to inform the development and implementation of Public Policy & Government Relations Department’s approach.

Management and Operations

  • Collaborate in the development of strategy, workplans, and programs for Public Policy & Government Relations Department.
  • Contribute to drafting agenda, scheduling, and facilitating meetings/calls and meetings with policymakers and outside groups.
  • Assist with budget management.
  • Manage allocation of shared resources, including employee’s time, related to legislative lobbying.
  • Manage consultant contracts within grant management system.
  • Monitor and evaluate Public Policy & Government Relations Department outcomes.
  • Support hiring and management of intern(s).

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with human rights, civil rights, anti-slavery and anti-trafficking, or labor related efforts and organizations.
  • BA/BS degree in a related field, JD/MA preferred but not required.
  • 3-5 years work experience preferred, ideally with non-profits, government, or private foundations.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, with proven ability to track detail on various projects.
  • Ability to manage compliance with regulatory timekeeping and expense tracking systems required. 
  • Experiences or proven skills in one or more of the following areas is desirable: 
  • Policy and advocacy, especially with federal government;
  • Program planning;
  • Development or maintenance of webpages, including intranet or wiki spaces, and other online communication tools; and,
  • Facilitation of meetings or group processes.
  • Demonstrated superior ability to build relationships with colleagues and proven ability to work successfully in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate up, down, across, and outside an employer's organization to drive results while building credibility and long-term strategic relationships.
  • Proven ability to respectfully collaborate with individuals with different personalities, philosophies, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Coalition experience is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Functioning knowledge of word processing within Microsoft Word and literacy in Adobe Creative Cloud applications, PowerPoint, and Excel. Experience with Wordpress preferred but not required.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience, competence, and confidence working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally. Travel is currently estimated to be quarterly trips to California, occasional other domestic and international travel.

 

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