Director/Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs

June 9, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Location: Washington, D.C.

Category :Policy & Advocacy

Post Type :Full-time

Experience (minimum) :10+ Years

Education (minimum) : Masters

Travel Required?: Occasionally

Base Salary: $115,000 - $130,000



InterAction is the largest U.S. based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 members working around the world in low- and middle-income countries, fragile and post-conflict states, and emerging/growth economies. Member organizations are large and small, secular and faith-based, with a focus on people living in the world’s most poor and vulnerable places. The U.S. public, foundations, and governments support the work of our member NGOs that collectively invest and manage more than $15.4 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundation and corporate grants, and a growing fee-for-service program portfolio. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, development, economic equity, food security, and climate change – that advance human dignity, human potential, and self-determination.


Position Description

Are you a strategic international affairs professional capable of advancing global development and humanitarian action by navigating Washington DC politics to work across partisan divides with a diverse set of individuals and organizations? Are you a big believer in the power of coalition advocacy and its effectiveness?  Do you care deeply about advancing the sophistication and effectiveness of non-governmental organizations’ education and advocacy efforts in areas related to international development and relief? InterAction is seeking an experienced leader to drive and manage the work of its public policy team. Key aspects of this role include shaping and leading InterAction’s multi-stakeholder network towards collective advocacy and maintaining relationships within Congress and the Administration, while managing grants, staff and coalition working groups. Depending on the determined needs of the organization and the experience level of the selected applicant, this position may be hired as either a Director or a Senior Director.

This position will reside within InterAction’s division of Global Development Policy and Learning and report to the Vice President for Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning. The incumbent will provide leadership and support through supervision, project and budget management, and engagement with member NGOs, the U.S. Government and a broader array of partners. To be successful, s/he must be a team player and a pro-active manager of processes and people with stellar inter-personal and project management skills.



  • Provide vision and leadership in supervising the principal work areas of the Public Policy Team to include: USG budget and appropriations, foreign aid reform and effectiveness; and a variety of international development and humanitarian assistance issues such as food security and agriculture, climate/environment, fragility, humanitarian advocacy, global health, education and other issues as they arise.
  • Build and manage relationships with policy leadership of InterAction NGO members to shape and advance the community’s strategic goals, programs and advocacy efforts.
  • Liaise with policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch focusing on development and humanitarian response issues and policies;
  • Build and manage relationships with project funders and current and future project partners.
  • Grant management, including managing the budget, associated staff, consultants, partner activities and meeting grant requirements.
  • Represent InterAction on a range of issues at high-level events and working-level meetings with InterAction members, donors, foundations, universities, businesses, partner countries and civil society organizations.
  • Liaise with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Global Health Council and U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, as well as other NGO partnerships.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and fundraising efforts to maintain and expand related areas of work.
  • Contribute to preparations for InterAction conferences as well as writing and editing materials for team publications.
  • Support other InterAction teams, working groups and initiatives as needed and perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning.

Qualifications Required:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience, with significant exposure to public policy, advocacy and government relations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with InterAction members, partners and other external stakeholders;
  • Expert facilitation and coalition-building skills, as well as demonstrated experience managing or working with multi-partner initiatives;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with an ability to effectively communicate on technical or complex topics to non-experts as well as to experts;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to lead and prioritize multiple projects while meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment of competing demands;
  • Demonstrated experience with each of the following: project management, budget management and talent management;
  • Collaborative leadership style, including mentoring and supporting team members;
  • Established network of bipartisan relationships with Congress, the Executive Branch and other key policy stakeholders;
  • Significant work experience or deep familiarity with the NGO community, particularly the advocacy community active in Washington, DC.
  • The ability to proactively anticipate as well as respond to the needs of members of InterAction;
  • Highly motivated team player;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.

Qualifications highly valued:

  • Experience with 7-figure grant and/or budget management;
  • Capitol Hill work experience;
  • Expert experience in political and budget-formation processes within Capitol Hill and the Administration preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work jointly with communications professionals to advance an advocacy agenda through traditional and new media;
  • Demonstrated experience in development and humanitarian advocacy;
  • Demonstrated capacity to create and maintain professional networks;
  • An advanced degree and demonstrated academic focus on public policy and international development; and
  • A sense of humor.


There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The salary range for this position is $115000 - $130,000 and provides excellent benefits.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, salary expectations and writing sample to with subject line containing title Director-Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs.  Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before July 29, 2019 are preferred.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period. Due to the volume of applications, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls Please!