Director, US Policy & Advocacy

Non Profit Organization
Washington, DC
Jun 11, 2018
Jun 25, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
At Health GAP, we have a clear goal: to be a place where a diverse group of passionate, high-impact people want to come and do their best work. Health GAP recruits, employs, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation and other protected status as required by applicable law. Our dedication to diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and equity is core to our mission. We know that to end the HIV pandemic, we must fight to dismantle the systems of oppression—racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, and homophobia and other forms of injustice—that fuel HIV. Our team is one place that we are committed to doing this work. Health GAP has a compensation policy that aims to undo structural inequity by setting pay according to the position, not the individual. We also provide a competitive package of benefits and paid time-off, including fully employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance. Responsibilities Shaping US Government policies Develop and oversee policy and advocacy campaigns to secure sufficient US global HIV spending Develop and oversee implementation of policy campaigns regarding access to medicines (including US intellectual property and trade policy), sexual and reproductive health and rights, and other initiatives that contribute directly to advancing Health GAP's goals Track US government and policy developments across core campaigns Contribute to overall advocacy strategy and campaign development Build relationships with key members of Congress and their staff Conduct direct advocacy with US policy makers Formulate policy recommendations, help draft regulations and legislation Provide strategic policy analysis Produce policy briefs, analyses, action alerts, blog posts, opinion pieces, “Dear Colleague” letters, and other written materials Convene, coordinate and strengthen the networks of allies, in Washington, DC and around the country, working to influence US policy and action on global AIDS Facilitate direct access to decision makers by local activists whenever possible Strengthening US-based grassroots advocacy Work with the Health GAP team to inform Health GAP's national grassroots mobilization strategy to advance US campaign goals In collaboration with Health GAP's staff and volunteers responsible for grassroots mobilization, provide ongoing strategic and tactical support to grassroots groups, including groups of students, people living with HIV/AIDS, labor unions, and trade justice advocates, and religious groups Develop and conduct skills-building workshops for grassroots teams, in collaboration with grassroots staff/volunteers. Work closely with staff and members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign—a student-led grassroots action project housed within Health GAP. Contributing to wider Health GAP organizational goals Lead the development of organizational strategic and activity plans, as well as budgets, for US Policy & Advocacy Develop advocacy tools, for DC-based and grassroots in-district, lobbying including issue briefs, leave-behind memos, fact sheets, talking points, etc. Draft public-facing communications including blog posts, action alerts, social media content and more. Assist with fundraising efforts, including with writing proposals and activity reports, to support future US government policy and advocacy efforts. Represent Health GAPs US campaigns to donors and other stakeholders. Participate in weekly staff calls, regular in-person staff meetings and bi-annual organizational retreats Actively engage Health GAP's steering committee of volunteers Assist with large-scale mobilizations and solidarity efforts in collaboration with allies in the Global South when needed Requirements At least 8 years' experience working to advance policy on HIV or related global health and health rights issues Experience developing, implementing and winning complex, ambitious advocacy campaigns with multiple partners Experience in grassroots advocacy, community organizing, and social justice movement building Experience working on campaigns focused on influencing the US Legislature and Executive Experience using data and scientific evidence to support complex advocacy campaigns targeting US decision makers Strong knowledge of the US legislative and federal budgetary process Previous experience as a grassroots organizer is strongly preferred Experience working on US trade policy is a plus Excellent written and oral communication skills Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture Comfortable working with or willingness to learn and use digital communication tools and project management software. Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines Proven track record of a commitment to global social justice Willingness to work remotely from the Washington, DC metro area and to collaborate with a virtual team Willingness to travel, primarily within the US