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Job Announcement: Nuclear Weapons Policy Coordinator

General Responsibilities:

WAND’s Nuclear Weapons Policy Coordinator, based in Washington, D.C., is responsible for advancing the legislative, policy, and political goals of the organization related to nuclear weapons.  In cooperation with WAND’s Washington Office Director and other policy staff members, the NWPC advocates for policy options and legislation; builds and sustains relationships on the Hill, within the administration, with WAND’s partner organizations and colleagues, and educates and engages WAND’s field constituents including our Women Legislators’ Lobby members. In addition to participating in meetings, events, and trainings, the NWPC writes fact-sheets, op-eds, blogs, and other promotional materials. The position is funded for one year with a possibility of extension.

The Organization:

Women’s Action for New Directions is a national nonprofit organization which seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive Pentagon spending toward unmet human and environmental needs. WAND’s national office is in Washington, DC, and collaborates with additional staff in New England and our Atlanta, Georgia office.

WAND operates two nonprofit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501 C-3 organization which creates educational materials for training and briefing individuals, elected leaders, and the media. WAND Inc. is a 501 C-4 organization, comprised of our Action Center, members, and chapters. Additionally, our Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) is a program of WAND that develops and engages a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators working together on federal budget priorities and related WAND issues.

Essential Functions:

  • Congressional advocacy
    • Analyze and monitor new and existing federal policies and legislative measures on nuclear weapons policy
    • Develop, promote, and implement new or revised policies and legislative strategies designed to promote better nuclear weapons policies
    • Advocate WAND policy positions before Congress and the Administration
    • Develop, nurture, and leverage relationships with elected and appointed officials and their staffs, and with national advocacy organizations and coalitions that can influence federal policies related to nuclear weapons policies
    • With WAND staff and peace and security colleagues develop briefings and educational events for Congressional offices
  • With WAND staff develop and carry out WAND’s nuclear policy agenda and strategy.
  • Work with WAND’s WiLL Program Manager on WiLL and WAND member Congressional delegation meetings and media in service of WAND nuclear weapons policy goals.
  • With WAND staff prepare and carry out lobby day trainings and meetings
  • Represent WAND outside of the organization at meetings and speaking engagements.
  • Prepare (with the help from staff) policy and advocacy materials, including issue briefs, legislative recommendations, journal articles, letters, press statements, opinion editorials, action alerts, talking points, blogs, and social media posts.
  • Help keep WAND website updated with latest policy resources and materials related to our work (working with communications and policy staff)
  • Help to develop and support implementation of a strategy to engage state chapters, partners, and WiLL members in nuclear weapons policy development and advocacy activities.
  • Assist all other DC staff with planning, recruiting for, and executing events, trainings, and programs.
  • Provide nuclear weapons issue-related information and work progress for grant proposals and reports and other WAND development and fundraising needs.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Minimum of 3 years Capitol Hill or campaign experience 
  • Understanding of federal policy-making process especially the federal budget process
  • Understanding of political landscape and ability to work on issues that require bi-partisan support to lead to policy change
  • Knowledge of foreign policy, federal budget, and nuclear weapons issues, and major organizations involved with setting policy and advocating for policy changes and improvements
  • Demonstrated skill/experience in developing strategies to affect public policy debates and decisions, and an ability to consider complex issues and explain those issues (both in writing and orally) for broader audiences
  • Proficient communications skills including public speaking, persuasive writing and negotiations. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide range of external contacts, and the ability to speak to large and small groups as well as facilitate and plan meetings
  • Demonstrate the maturity and confidence to work internally and externally to promote the legislative agenda.
  • Familiarity with key policy issues important to WAND
  • Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook and social media tools
  • Database experience
  • Ability to prepare graphic presentation and conduct internet research
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings  

Salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits including generous vacation, personal and holiday time-off.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, a brief writing sample, and a recent copy of your resume to krobinson@wand.org. We seek diversity including but not limited to race, sex, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, philosophy and culture.

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