Senior Director, Advocacy & Coalitions

Job Details

Level: Management
Job Location: World Food Program USA – Washington, DC
Remote Type: Hybrid – 3 days in office
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: 4 Year Degree
Salary Range: $160,000.00 – $165,000.00 Salary/year
Job Category: Management

Our goal is to connect with every Congressional office in a meaningful way on an annual basis to build and strengthen bi-partisan support for US government global food security programs and funding. The Senior Director of Advocacy & Coalitions is a results-oriented advocacy team leader with a strong background in policy and advocacy, particularly in the areas of federal appropriations, agriculture, and foreign relations. Working closely with the Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, they will lead WFP USAs direct legislative advocacy activities, including Congressional engagement, coalition activities and grassroots advocacy. They will coordinate with the Senior Director for Public Policy & Thought Leadership to create campaigns, events (both in-person and virtual), and other opportunities to achieve our goal.

Why Join Us?

  • We are a dynamic, forward leaning, financially stable organization.
  • You will be joining an effective, committed, high-performing group of colleagues who are well-regarded in the community.
  • This position will play a crucial role in aiding the organization in their mission of ending global hunger

Highlighted Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, develop and execute a comprehensive annual Congressional advocacy plan in line with WFP USAs strategic goals, including direct outreach to Congressional offices, working through coalitions and other partners, and grassroots advocacy.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key Congressional staff in the areas of appropriations, agriculture, and foreign relations while leveraging the team for meaningful engagement across Congressional offices (committee, leadership, and personal).
  • Lead the development and execution of advocacy campaigns around recurring (e.g., annual appropriations, Farm Bill authorization) and extraordinary (e.g., emergency supplemental) opportunities.
  • Create and execute in-person and virtual convenings (both in-person and virtual and both in DC and in key areas around the U.S.) to support advocacy strategy.
  • Actively engage in and, as appropriate, lead coalition efforts related to federal global food security initiatives relevant to our mission. Coordinate and communicate advocacy community priorities and activities across the public policy team.
  • Oversee the development of materials for WFP USA leadership in advance of meetings, hearings, briefings, press interviews, or speaking engagements related to global food security issues and timely themes, and participate on WFP USAs behalf at such engagements as needed.
  • Work with the Senior Manager of Grassroots Advocacy on strategies to engage grassroots advocates in meaningful ways to advance our goals. Oversee and manage implementation of grassroots advocacy plans.
  • In partnership with the Senior Director of Public Policy & Thought Leadership, provide analysis, insight and recommendations to the Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer and other members of the Senior Leadership Team on federal legislative matters relevant to WFP USAs global food security objectives.
  • Keep up to date on developments in the global hunger policy space, both in the US and globally, and report to the team regularly on emerging themes and trends.
  • Work collaboratively across WFP USA teams and with UN WFP colleagues to create and leverage policy and advocacy opportunities to advance our goals along the goals of our Marketing & Communications, Philanthropy, and WFP Washington office colleagues.
  • Manage the Advocacy & Coalitions team, to include managing consultant partnerships, for strong results and accountability, including development and tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Mentor, coach, and develop the team, guiding the development of individual team members and working to position the team for success both internally and externally.
  • Serve on WFP USA working groups as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned in consultation and coordination with the Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer.

A well-qualified candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelors degree in Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant policy and/or advocacy work; must have at least 4 years in a leadership or supervisory role; experience in a nonprofit or association environment is preferrable.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing successful federal advocacy campaigns with an emphasis on appropriations and/or agriculture policy.
  • 5 years of experience participating in federal advocacy coalitions or associations required with 2 years of coalition or association leadership preferred.
  • Extensive network including Members of Congress and staff, including committees, with a proven ability to work in a bipartisan manner.
  • Strong analytical skills and a results-driven mindset, with experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools in the federal advocacy space.
  • An outstanding communicator with exceptional writing/editing, verbal communication and presentation skill sets. Experience with public speaking required.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight, while being a strong team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside WFP USA.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time, managing a heavy workload in a demanding results-oriented environment
  • Impeccable integrity, judgment, and discretion along with a professional demeanor and interpersonal style that elicits trust from internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong interest and or experience in humanitarian assistance, international development or global hunger.
  • Regular visits to Capitol Hill and stakeholder offices are required.