Assistant Director of Federal Policy

SIECUS asserts that comprehensive sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. We advocate for comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly on issues of gender, sexual orientation and racial equity; sexuality, sexual and reproductive freedom; sexual violence prevention, and affirmation of bodily autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s actual lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

SIECUS seeks a strategic, driven, and creative Assistant Director of Federal Policy to lead national policymaker and partner education, advocacy, and lobbying; assist in shaping federal policy support and engagement; and produce related resources and publications. The ideal candidate must have experience working in the Washington DC political environment. Specifically , the ideal candidate will have experience working with members of  Congress and the Federal Administration and regulatory bodies. The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and communicate at both the 30,000 foot-level as well as dive into the weeds of federal sexuality education policies, funding, and practices, balancing proactive and defensive grasstops mobilization strategies.

This is a senior leader within the SIECUS policy team and under the direction of the Director of Policy and Advocacy, will work closely with SIECUS staff, and national partner organizations to maximize SIECUS’s presence and impact at the national level. The Federal Policy Assistant Director will strategically work to advance comprehensive sex education policies, programs, and advocacy efforts at the federal level.  The Assistant Director of Federal Policy is a hybrid position, with the ability to telework from the D.C. region, within access to the SIECUS’ headquarters located in downtown Washington, DC. in order to attend in-person meetings. The Assistant Director of Federal Policy reports to the Director of Policy and Advocacy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Providing leadership in the development and implementation of federal policy priorities, policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying strategies and strategy; 
  • Collaborating with SIECUS senior leadership in cultivating and building powerful relationships with key policymakers, Congressional offices and staff, and influencers in Washington, DC; 
  • Leading public relations strategy initiatives to elevate SIECUS as a trusted policy expert on adolescent sexual health programs and appropriations
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with federal administration and rule-making offices such as the Office of Population Affairs and the Division of Adolescent School Health 
  • Managing key coalition partnerships and mobilization, serving as an active participant in partner coalitions, working groups, and ad hoc actions and activities and maintaining key relationships with national partners
  • Developing advocacy resources for key stakeholders, policymaker champions, national partners, and SEPAC members
  • Shaping key federal legislative priorities, related materials, and outreach and support activities
  • Representing SIECUS and organizing, participating in, and conducting trainings, presentations, and conferences to build awareness and knowledge for partner organizations and the general public on sex education policy issues. 
  • Supporting efforts to integrate and engage state and community partners in federal policy activities
  • Directing the monitoring, tracking, and reporting on federal policy actions including by leading appropriations advocacy efforts and drafting federal public comments 
  • Supervising fellows, and/or interns as appropriate
  • Contributing to the development of SIECUS’ external communications, publications, and other materials as needed
  • Leading the planning of the annual Sex Ed on the Hill event including scheduling meetings for advocates with policy makers
  • Providing other organizational support as necessary

QUALIFICATIONS:

While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 4-5  years of federal government relations, political, or policy experience required 
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with other staff and other organizations. 
  • A strong track record of developing and maintaining meaningful working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including elected officials.  
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality work in both a team environment and independently
  • Established ability to produce high quality work in a fast-paced environment, including the ability to multitask, work well under pressure, and manage competing priorities
  • Experience anticipating and identifying potential challenges and taking proactive steps to address them to further SIECUS’ mission, vision, and values
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., factsheets, talking points, action alerts, briefs, etc.) with high attention to detail
  • Commitment to advancing racial, reproductive, and gender justice and LGBTQ equality.
  • Commitment to co-creating a work environment that is just, equitable, and inclusive to all, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and people with disabilities. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience effectively supervising and developing staff.
  • Experience working for or with Congress or federal agencies in legislative, appropriations, regulatory, or administrative policymaking or advocacy
  • Experience in legislative, policy, and advocacy, preferably on issues related to human sexuality, sex education, gender justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice. 
  • Experience as a public spokesperson 
  • Postgraduate degree is beneficial

This position reports to:  Director of Policy and Advocacy 

Travel Requirements: Expect moderate travel if and when it can be done safely. 

Compensation: Salary range is $75,000-85,000 commensurate with experience. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes up to 4 weeks of annual paid leave; full health, dental, and vision coverage; remote- and tele-work flexibility; and annual investments in professional development for all eligible employees. 

This position is a hybrid position, offering flexible telework from the D.C. region. 

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled 

 How to apply: Please submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as a resume and three references to hiring@siecus.org with “Name, Assistant Director of  Federal Policy” in the subject line. Please make sure all submitted material file names clearly state your name. Submissions received by January 23rd, 2023 will receive priority consideration. 

SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status and other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.