Senior Associate for Public Policy

January 25, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


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
InterAction intends to hire a new full time Senior Associate for Public Policy in support of our overall advocacy program. This work is funded through 2020, with potential for renewal, and is designed to leverage a broad coalition of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to preserve U.S. official development assistance and the prioritization of development and humanitarian issues, including a focus in Water and Sanitation programs.

This position will reside within InterAction’s Public Policy Team, report to the Director of Policy & Government Relations and collaborate with the Public Policy Team’s staff. This individual will provide support to the overall program and management of InterAction’s Public Policy Committee system and spearhead InterAction’s advocacy engagement around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs. Additionally, this position is expected to contribute to writing and editing materials for team publications, supporting InterAction Working Groups as needed, as well as representing InterAction in various fora.

Manage InterAction’s WASH working group and advocacy efforts, including (but not limited to) establishing and maintaining working relationships with working group members; building consensus around advocacy strategy and common messaging; tracking, analyzing and reporting on pertinent policy and legislative developments; and coordination of advocacy activities;
Management of InterAction’s Public Policy Committee and its advocacy efforts, including (but not limited to) establishing and maintaining working relationships with Committee members; building consensus around advocacy strategy and common messaging; tracking, analyzing and reporting on pertinent policy and legislative developments; and coordination of advocacy activities;
Assist the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs with the management of the Public Policy Committee’s Policy Advisory Committee and Steering Committee;
Key liaison with InterAction’s Communications team, drafting initial drafts of advocacy/policy press statements, blogs, etc;
Coordinate Capitol Hill and in-house briefings, lobby days, and other special projects;
Respond to urgent requests for information from InterAction members, congressional
staff, and administration officials;
Build and maintain relationships with members of the administration, Congress, and strategic partners;
Represent InterAction on a range of issues;
Administrative and other duties in support of the Public Policy Team as assigned by the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Qualifications Required:
Work experience on Capitol Hill and/or legislative advocacy for a non-profit organization, association, or US federal agency;
The ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be proactive, as well as responsive, to the needs of members of InterAction;
Highly motivated, team player, with excellent organizational skills, and strong written and verbal communications skills;
Knowledge of or experience working directly on global development issues
Demonstrated experience taking initiative to solve problems;
Experience planning and executing logistics for internal and external meetings;
Attention to detail and accuracy;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office;
Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.

Qualifications highly valued:
A degree in international affairs/relations, public policy, international development, economics or a related field;
Interest or experience working in WASH programs;
Project management experience;
Facilitation and coalition building experience;
Advocacy experience;
Demonstrated experience producing research products and other written materials.

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 $50,000 - $55,000 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.

Please email your resume, writing sample and cover letter to with subject line containing: Senior Associate for Public Policy. Materials must address the requirements listed. Position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be notified.

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. No phone calls please.

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