Policy Director

Friends of the Global Fight Published: February 6, 2017
Washington, DC
Job Type
Experience Level
5-10 Years
Education Level (minimum)
Travel Required?


Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We work with foundations, U.S. policymakers and global health partners to the build U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest public health financier, and for bilateral investments in the three diseases.


The Policy Director reports directly to the President. The successful candidate will work with the President, Deputy Director and Global Fund representatives to inform and support the organization’s work among U.S. policymakers, partners and opinion leaders, and to identify and address key questions and issues that could affect the work and reputation of the Global Fund. He/she will oversee a staff and contractor(s) to develop policy positions and papers, analyze legislative developments and budgets, and oversee Friends’ and the Global Fund’s events and outreach on Capitol Hill. She/he will work with the Director of Communications to help develop messaging and media pieces, web material and general information on the Global Fund. He/she will develop and oversee Friends’ working relationships with colleagues at the Global Fund, on Capitol Hill, in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), among NGO partners in Washington, D.C., and with other key actors as needed.




  • Lead outreach to and interface with Capitol Hill on behalf of the Global Fund, including tracking funding and legislation, conceiving of, staffing, and attending events, briefings, and Washington, D.C., trips with the Global Fund executives; crafting talking points, presentations, and prioritizing and conducting Hill outreach.
  • Lead outreach efforts with key global health actors in the U.S. Administration, including OGAC, the White House, the Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services. Make recommendations to the President and execute strategies to build or retain U.S. government support for the Global Fund.
  • Interface with the Global Fund, including leading regular calls and attending key events, cultivating relationships at the Global Fund, researching and providing policy guidance on issues that are important to the U.S. Congress and Administration, and providing high-level counsel to the Global Fund on the same.
  • Direct and oversee staff and government relations consultant(s). Delegate work assignments, set expectations and monitor delegated activities to team members.
  • Monitor and report on legislative and policy activities in the White House, executive branch, Congress and key related policies developed by the Board of Directors and Secretariat of the Global Fund.
  • Draft letters, legislative analyses, position statements, memos, speeches and other materials necessary to accurately convey Global Fund and Friends of the Global Fight's positions and recommendations.
  • Provide oral and written reports to the President, staff and, if assigned, the Board of Directors on developments in public policy and the objectives and results of education and advocacy activities.
  • Serve as an expert resource for public policymakers and other interested partner organizations on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Continue to build Friends of the Global Fight's role as a respected and objective voice on the Global Fund and on the three diseases.
  • Ensure strict adherence to ethical and legal guidelines in lobbying and other activities.
  • Intermittent international travel.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent political/policy strategist and writer, able to synthesize and edit political and policy information/ideas in written form.
  • Eight (8) or more years of Hill/DC experience.
  • Knowledge of global health/U.S. foreign policy desirable.
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly and persuasively.
  • Ability to creatively and productively manage staff and contractor(s).
  • Strong project management skills; able to manage multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Attention to detail is essential.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree. Advanced degree in Public Health, Public Administration or Law preferred.
  • Eight (8) years of experience working on Capitol Hill, in the Administration or advocacy community.
  • Previous experience drafting, tracking, developing legislation and/or federal budgets or programs is desirable.
  • Experience in global or public health issue advocacy a plus.
  • Previous nonprofit experience is a plus.

To apply, please send cover letter, resumé and a short writing sample to jobs@theglobalfight.org.  Submissions without all three components will not be considered.  No phone calls, please.


Friends of the Global Fight is an equal opportunity employer.

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