DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY
About SIECUS: Since 1964, SIECUS has been advocating for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. We believe that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our focus is on advancing 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 issues of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, gender equity, consent, personal safety, and autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.
Position Description: The Director of Policy and Advocacy is is a senior leader position working closely with the President, SIECUS staff, and partner organizations to maximize SIECUS’s presence and impact to advance comprehensive sex education policies, programs, and advocacy efforts at the national and state levels.
The Director of Policy and Advocacy will lead a small but growing team of staff and consultants in strategic engagement with government officials, federal and state elected officials in Congress and State Legislatures, and with partner organizations and community advocates to advance sex education.
Principal Responsibilities: This position will oversee the advancement of SIECUS’ policy priorities with key allies and decision makers in Washington, DC and state legislatures across the country. The Director of Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for leading the development and execution of a legislative and advocacy strategy that advances SIECUS public policy priorities. This includes:
- Cultivating and building powerful relationships with key policymakers and influencers in Washington, DC and in states across the country;
- Supervising policy staff and interns;
- Collaborating with SIECUS’ policy and communications staff through:
- Managing SIECUS’ relationships with the administration, Congress, and regulatory agencies;
- Leading coalition building strategies at the national and state level, and maintaining key relationships with partner organizations;
- Providing reliable, timely analysis and strategic guidance on legislative activities at the national, state, and local levels;
- Developing and disseminating materials regarding legislative developments to national and state partners, policy makers, and the media;
- Providing technical assistance and capacity building support to state-based community and coalition partners to advance sex education policies and programs at state and local levels;
- Ensuring the involvement of grasstops leaders, sex education advocates, and partner organizations in promoting policy priorities and helping to facilitate opportunities for advocates to educate their member of Congress, the Administration, and other state and local policymakers on the importance of comprehensive sex education;
- Organizing, participating in, and conducting trainings, presentations, and conferences to build awareness and knowledge for partner organizations and the general public on sex education issues.
- Managing and drafting policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements and research reports for key stakeholders.
- Responding to media requests for comment on issues related to federal and state policy, SIECUS policy positions, and other inquiries as requested.
- Other tasks to develop and advance SIECUS’ priorities, as needed.
- Minimum of 6–8 years of related policy and advocacy experience (this can include extended internships/fellowships, ongoing volunteer work, and part-time work)
- Familiarity with federal and/or state and local policymaking processes and/or advocacy efforts
- Demonstrated ability to produce quality work in both a team environment and independently
- Established ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
- Experience anticipating and identifying potential challenges and taking proactive steps to address them
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., reports, factsheets, talking points, action alerts, and briefs) with high attention to detail
- Commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive education, health, rights, and justice; racial justice; and LGBTQ rights.
This position reports to: President and CEO
Travel Requirements: None during the coronavirus pandemic; expect moderate travel once it can be done safely.
Compensation: $75,000 annually. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes up to 4 weeks of annual paid leave; and full health, dental, and vision coverage for all eligible employees.
Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled
****Currently, all SIECUS staff are working remotely. This position will be based out of SIECUS’ downtown Washington, DC offices once it is safe to resume in-office work.***
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Name] – Director of Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQ+ 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.