Director of Policy & Advocacy

BACKGROUND

FHI Solutions LLC is a nonprofit organization with a longstanding, proven track record of improving nutrition outcomes in communities around the world. FHI Solutions works with non-US governments, foundations and multi-lateral institutions. We collaborate with partners to create evidence-based, scalable solutions informed by the highest quality data, ensuring that people have the nutrition they need to lead healthy, happy and productive lives. FHI Solutions seeks a Director of Policy & Advocacy, under the 1000 Days Initiative, to lead the Initiative’s work to increase action and investment in improving the nutrition and well-being of mothers and young children in the U.S and throughout the world.  They will serve as a leading voice on the issues that affect women and children during the first 1,000 days and be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the issue of nutrition within the United States, and the global health and development community.

The 1,000 Days Initiative leads the fight to give mothers and babies in the U.S. and around the world the nutrition they need to thrive. We work with global leaders and grassroots communities of parents to make the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday a window of opportunity to build healthier, brighter futures.

JOB SUMMARY

The Director of Policy and Advocacy will oversee efforts to mobilize resources and increase action-taking by key U.S. Government decision-makers to support investment in nutrition and to promote U.S. policies that address barriers to the healthiest 1,000 days. The Director of Policy and Advocacy will develop and implement strategies to educate and influence policymakers, opinion-leaders and key stakeholders on the need to increase investment in maternal and child health and nutrition. The Director of Policy and Advocacy will also represent the 1,000 Days Initiative within coalitions, multi-stakeholder platforms, working groups, and will have advisory positions within global nutrition initiatives.

The Director will report to the 1000 Days Initiative Director and manage a policy and advocacy team.  Success in this role requires a deep passion for and commitment to 1,000 Days’ mission as well as an entrepreneurial, can-do mindset. This role is ideal for a strategic thinker and hands-on leader who thrives in fast-paced environments and enjoys working alongside other high performers. This is a full-time, exempt position.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy and Leadership

  • Envision and develop a cohesive advocacy strategy to support the global and domestic policy priorities.

  • Engage directly with policymakers, Members of Congress, their personal and committee staff, and key federal officials to make the case for nutrition funding, policies, and programs.

  • Lead 1,000 Days’ U.S. Congressional relations, legislative, appropriations and administration strategy.

  • Lead 1,000 Days’ advocacy for increased foreign assistance for nutrition from the U.S. Government and work with a small group of partners to define and execute a comprehensive strategy for U.S. Government advocacy.

  • Establish and maintain contacts with Members of Congress, their personal and committee staff, and key federal officials through joint letters, policy briefs, legislative proposals, Hill outreach, scheduling and attending joint meetings.

  • In collaboration with the 1,000 Days team, develop and execute a policy leadership agenda to influence the nutrition advocacy community’s narrative.

  • Develop and create original advocacy content and innovative approaches to influence diverse policy leaders.

  • Represent 1,000 Days at public events, private meetings, and in regular consultation with advocacy partners.

  • Maintain strong and close working relationships with 1,000 Days’ diverse set of partners, including advocacy partners located around the globe, funders and policymakers, as well as thought-leaders in the global nutrition field.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in government, advocacy or Hill work focused on global health/global development, US nutrition programs, health policy and/or paid family and medical leave.

  • A minimum of three years of experience in managing teams is essential.

  • A demonstrated ability to cultivate strong relationships with congressional staff, U.S. Government stakeholders and partner organizations

  • Familiarity with the U.S. budget and appropriations process; USAID and other relevant U.S. Government agencies.

  • Exceptional written skills and a proven ability to translate technical content into compelling communication materials for policy audiences.

  • A strong network relevant to this position. Experience working with diverse, global coalitions. Some experience engaging with philanthropic donors is a plus!

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field of study.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Position is based in Washington, DC.

  • Ability to travel.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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