Director of Policy & Advocacy

1,000 Days is seeking a Director of Policy & Advocacy to lead the organization’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 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 1,000 Days within coalitions, multi-stakeholder platforms, working groups, and will have advisory positions within global nutrition initiatives.

The director will report to the Executive 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.


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.


  • 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.

ABOUT 1,000 DAYS  

1,000 Days 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.


  • Email cover letter with salary requirements, and resume to and please put “Director of Policy & Advocacy” 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.