Senior Associate – Advocacy and Outreach

1,000 Days is the leading organization working in the U.S. and around the world to champion improved nutrition for mothers and young children, particularly during the critical window from pregnancy through age two. The 1,000 Days Partnership was launched in 2010 with the support of the U.S. Government, the Government of Ireland, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several non-profit partners committed to accelerating progress against malnutrition. Since then, 1,000 Days has mobilized advocates, thought-leaders, policymakers and its network of over 80 partners in order to drive greater action and investment in maternal and young child nutrition. 

POSITION SUMMARY

1,000 Days is seeking a Senior Associate for Advocacy and Outreach to support the organization’s engagement with Congress, the Administration, and U.S. advocacy partners to advance U.S. policy and investment for global nutrition. As part of this role, this position will lead a new effort to cultivate and build a network of grasstops faith champions for global nutrition, spearheading the organization’s engagement with the faith community. The Senior Associate will support 1,000 Days’ and its partners’ efforts to mobilize the advocacy community, including faith groups, around issues of global nutrition, developing plans to engage and educate members of the community, coordinating and participating in outreach and mobilization activities, and developing strategies to subsequently influence policymakers and key stakeholders.

This a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Director of Advocacy and Outreach.  

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Plan, coordinate, and lead regular meetings of relevant stakeholders, including developing and managing the agendas, briefing materials, notes, etc. 
  • Research and prepare policy briefs, fact sheets, letters and other communication tools for 1,000 Days, its grantees, and other relevant stakeholders to use in global policy fora and events and to educate policymakers in the U.S 
  • Track key moments and events that present important advocacy opportunities and help coordinate the organization’s and partners’ participation. In some cases, lead the planning and execution of those opportunities. 
  • Work with relevant partners to develop a common engagement strategy to leverage the voice of champions from the faith community in Washington, D.C., in some cases and as relevant, in states and local districts. This will include working across the 1,000 Days team and with other partners to develop compelling messaging and identify priority policymakers and engagement opportunities.  
  • Manage a small set of sub-grantees, developing common advocacy strategies, approaches, and messaging related to global nutrition and their engagement with key federal policy makers. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field of study.
  • 5+ years of experience on issue campaigns, public policy advocacy, and/or international development 
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to manage complex work streams. At least 2 years of prior experience managing grantees and/or coalitions. 
  • Experience on or with Capitol Hill, with demonstrated knowledge of the appropriations and legislative process. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with advocacy towards policymakers and elected officials, with a preference for past experience engaging with conservative leaders. 
  • Familiarity with conservative faith organizations highly preferred. Familiarity with global health, food security, and/or nutrition desired, but not required. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; proven ability to translate technical content into compelling communication materials for policy audiences.  
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team, multi-task, set priorities, adapt to change, and solve problems in a dynamic, high-performing work environment. 
  • Highly adept in using Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.  
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

SUCCESS FACTORS

Success in this role requires an ability to balance multiple projects, shift priorities to meet tight deadlines, and complete tasks efficiently and with accuracy. Strong writing skills and interpersonal skills are a must. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to pitch in for the good of the team is critical to success in the role.  

TO APPLY

Email cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to jobs@thousanddays.org. Please include Senior Associate – Advocacy and Outreach” in the subject line. 

Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

1,000 Days is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.