Open until filled. Priority deadline is February 28.

Advocacy Director

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is seeking candidates for the position of Advocacy Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position represents WAND in a variety of coalitions, advocates for WAND’s positions on Capitol Hill, and produces content for publication.

 

About WAND

Women’s Action for New Directions is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive Pentagon resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. 

 

WAND operates two nonprofit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501c3 organization that educates Congress, state legislators, and the public on national security policy. WAND Inc. is a 501c4 organization that engages the grassroots in the political process to advocate for progressive national security policies. The Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL), a program of WAND, is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.

 

General Responsibilities

WAND’s Advocacy Director is responsible for advancing the legislative, policy, and political goals of the organization related to reducing pentagon spending, peace and diplomacy, increasing women’s political power, and denuclearization. This position advocates for policy options and legislation, builds and sustains relationships on the Hill and within the administration, collaborates with the NGO community and grassroots partners, and educates and engages WAND activists and Women Legislators’ Lobby members. In addition to participating in meetings, events, and trainings, the Advocacy Director writes fact-sheets, op-eds, memos, and other external products.

 

Essential Functions

  • Work with communications team to create grassroots advocacy strategies and engage our constituencies through email actions

  • Manage campaign efforts around Congressional priorities 

  • Analyze and monitor new and existing federal policies and legislative measures

  • Develop, promote, and implement new or revised policies and legislative strategies designed to reduce military spending

  • 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 Director and Program Manager on WiLL and WAND member Congressional delegation meetings and media in service of WAND’s policy goals. 

  • With WAND staff prepare and carry out lobby day trainings, webinars, and meetings

  • Represent WAND outside of the organization at meetings and speaking engagements. 

  • Prepare policy and advocacy materials, including issue briefs, legislative recommendations, sign-on letters, letters, press statements, opinion editorials, action alerts, and talking points.

  • Work to engage partners and WiLL members in the federal budget process and advocacy activities around the impact of Pentagon spending on state and local governments

  • Assist 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 5 years Capitol Hill, advocacy, 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 militarization 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 public speaking 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 

  • Proven success writing op-ed/opinion pieces

  • Demonstrate the maturity and confidence to work internally and externally to promote the legislative agenda. 

  • Familiarity with key policy issues important to WAND

  • Familiarity with the basics of state legislative processes is not required but would be a plus

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in an action-oriented office

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with a small team

  • Proven ability to manage time effectively and meet project deadlines

  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings 

  • Ability to travel domestically for events, meetings, and trainings

 

WAND is committed to a sustainable, inclusive, and diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or any other legally protected class. 

 

WAND is based in DC, however all employees currently work remotely. When we are able to safely gather in person again it is anticipated that this position will need to be DC based.

 

WAND offers competitive employee benefits including employee sponsored health insurance and a generous time off policy. Salary range of $60,000-75,000, depending on experience.


To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to nparrish@wand.org.

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