Director/Sr. Director – Advocacy & Public Policy

InterAction Published: October 6, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified


 Director/Senior Director |Advocacy and Public Policy  


About InterAction

InterAction is the largest coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. with nearly 190 members working in every developing country. Members 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 $18 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, and grants from foundations, corporations, and governments. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on 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.


About the Position

Position Title:                Director/ Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy

Position Type:               Full-time, long term

Location:                        Washington, DC

Travel:                            5-10% Domestic & International

Reporting to:                Vice President, Global Development Policy and Learning


Position Summary

The Director of Advocacy and Public Policy leads InterAction’s advocacy to advance the policy priorities of InterAction and its NGO members. The focus is primarily on the U.S. Congress and the executive branch of the U.S. government, but also works with other key partners, including universities, think tanks, and the private sector to advance our agenda.  S/he supports and advances the organization’s values, mission, and long-term goals as approved by the Board of Directors.


Primary Relationships:

The position reports to Vice President Global Development Policy and Learning, and advises InterAction’s senior leadership. This position collaborates with management staff in charting the direction of the organization, assuring its accountability to all constituencies, and helping to ensure its effective operation and fiscal health. This position serves as the overall team manager and director for InterAction’s public policy team (four to five staff).


Essential Functions

  • Provides vision and leadership in supervising the principal work areas of the Public Policy Team to include: U.S. Government budget and appropriations; foreign aid reform and aid effectiveness; and a variety of international development and humanitarian assistance issues such as food security and agriculture, global health, WASH, climate/environment, education, procurement, international humanitarian law, and other issue areas as they arise.
  • Engages and works closely with the senior policy leadership of InterAction NGO members in shaping and advancing the community’s strategic goals, program and advocacy efforts.
  • Represents InterAction at high-level meetings and with elected officials, policy-makers and stakeholders.
  • Liaises with policy makers in Congress, USAID, Department of State, OMB, and other U.S. government agencies focusing on development and humanitarian response issues and policies.
  • Serves as InterAction liaison and advisor to the Basic Education Coalition and other NGO partnerships.
  • Develops and implements overall strategy and work planning for the Public Policy tam.
  • Manages the budget and performance tracking for grants supporting the Public Policy Team.
  • Advances InterAction's funding strategies and bears responsibility to raise funds for the Public Policy Team as needed.
  • Manages and mentors a variety of staff members and supports their development; responsible for team hiring and performance appraisals.


Desired background and experience (optimum)

  • 10 -15 years of professional experience in public policy, advocacy, and/or government relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Leadership experience in convening and collaboratively leading diverse stakeholders; coalition experience preferred.
  • Established network of bipartisan relationships with Congress, the Executive branch, and other key policy stakeholders.
  • Proven understanding of political and budget-formation processes within Capitol Hill and the administration (White House, USAID, State Department, and OMB).
  • Demonstrated understanding of development and humanitarian advocacy priorities across a broad range of issues in the InterAction portfolio.
  • Understanding of or work within the InterAction community and NGO member organizations.
  • Ability to engage at the CEO level of InterAction members and with senior government professionals, and serve as an effective spokesperson.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to work jointly with communications professionals to advance an advocacy agenda through social and/or traditional media.
  • Personnel management processes and staff management skills including mentoring a diverse and independent team.
  • Experience in grant management.


Personal Qualities:

  • Effective strategic priority setting and triage in high-demand and time-sensitive environment.
  • Consensus builder with strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to rapidly synthesize and share information; serve as information conduit within InterAction membership and staff and to outsiders.
  • High level problem solving; clear vision of how to translate ideas into action
  • Savvy political judgment.
  • Ability to delegate authority and manage a team toward a collective goal.
  • Deep sense of compassion and justice.
  • Flexibility and effectiveness in stewarding both long and short term priorities and relationships.
  • Natural ability to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds, mission groups, interest areas, and political persuasions.
  • Sense of humor helpful!

Physical Requirements

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.


Salary & Benefits

InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.


To Apply

Position will remain open until filled, but applications received before October 18 preferred. Please submit your resume and cover letter to, copying Soshana Hashmie at, and including APPLICATION: DIRECTOR ADVOCACY in the subject line.


All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time.

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