Vice President of Global Development Policy and Advocacy

Vice President of Global Development Policy and Advocacy

Vice President of Global Development Policy and Advocacy

Vice President of Global Development Policy and Advocacy

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May 30, 2024
Washington, D.C.
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


About InterAction 

InterAction is the largest U.S.-based alliance of international non-government organizations (NGOs) and partners. Celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, we mobilize our Members to think and act collectively to serve the world’s poor and vulnerable, with a shared belief that we can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place – together. Using our collective voice and convening power, we seek 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.

Our Members are premier international global development, humanitarian, and sector-supporting organizations that work in almost every country and manage more than $15.4 billion in programs annually. InterAction’s revenue comes from dues, government, private foundation and corporate grants, and fee-for-service programs. Additional information can be found at

Position Description

The Vice President of Global Development Policy and Advocacy leads InterAction’s efforts to shape U.S. Policy and legislation focused on global poverty reduction and effective development. The position helps lead and facilitate strategic partnerships with multiple actors critical to global development, including InterAction members, civil society groups worldwide, advocacy partners, policy makers, and the private sector. This position supports and advances the organization’s values, mission, and long-term goals as approved by the Board of Directors.

This leadership position is an ideal opportunity for a hands-on individual who thrives in a multi-faceted and highly collaborative environment. The incumbent should have the ability to represent and lead a highly diverse  NGO community. They should be able to effectively convene and mobilize a wide range of actors and build consensus among them to advance or advocate on key development issues. They should demonstrate a nurturing management style that cultivates skilled and independent talent.

Position Type 


This is a full-time position based in Washington D.C. InterAction maintains a hybrid work environment and employees are eligible to telework three days a week and work in the office two days a week. There is an expectation that employees will be based in the Washington D.C. region.

Essential Functions

  • Guides and oversees the principal areas of work of the global policy and advocacy , including but not limited to advocacy in the U.S. (Congress and the Executive Branch), preserving space for global civil society; and development effectiveness of the NGO sector.
  • Works to lead and build agreement for public policy initiatives and strategies among the sector.
  • Actively shapes the overall management and leadership of InterAction as a member of the Executive Team.
  • Works with the President and CEO on a range of initiatives and supports the team’s engagement with the Board of Directors
  • Works closely with peers on the Executive Team, fostering strong programmatic connections across InterAction, particularly in alignment with the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team.
  • Manages staff and oversees the budget for the team; mentors staff and supports their development; responsible for overseeing recruitment and performance management for global policy and advocacy staff.
  • Supports InterAction’s overall fundraising strategy; builds relationships with new partners, donors, and key external actors for activities or new initiatives that support InterAction’s mission and values.
  • Develops and strengthens relations with InterAction member organizations. Supports recruitment of new members that strengthen the coalition.
  • Liaises with key global civil society networks, the UN, the U.S. government, and other agencies focusing on global development issues and policies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 15 years of professional experience in international affairs, including experience with international development.
  • Strong relationships with policy makers from various political parties.
  • Experience developing and executing strategies to change or influence policies.
  • Proven experience in cultivating external relationships and managing competing external demands.
  • Appreciation of the role and complexity of coalition advocacy and management.
  • A broad range of existing contacts with various external stakeholders and influencers in the U.S. and globally.
  • Superior public speaking, oral and written communications skills.
  • Experience managing teams and budgets.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Experience working in government and NGO’s or related field.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant management.
  • Experience in coalition building.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and/or program expansion.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

The position supervises a team or professional employees.


Salary range $165,000 - $185,000 per year, commensurate with skills and experience. InterAction additionally offers an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date

As soon as possible

Reports to 

President and CEO


5-10%; Domestic and International

In addition 

InterAction is an equal opportunity employer that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. InterAction does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, and individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws.

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

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

InterAction does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of InterAction and InterAction will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.

To Apply 

Please submit a cover letter and resume. All applications must be submitted through ADP for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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