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DIRECTOR OF POLICY

The Director of Policy is a mid-level manager and a member of the Government Affairs team, reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs. The Director of Policy is responsible for implementing and evaluating In Our Own Voice’s federal and state policy strategy, and initiatives focused on voter engagement and national and state polling. The Director of Policy, supervising the Manager of Federal Policy and the Manager of State Policy, is accountable for designing the systems and strategies for tracking and monitoring the federal and state policy landscape to make progress on the organization’s federal and state policy priorities. The Director also implements the partnership engagement strategy for federal coalition tables and state partners, strategically building and managing partnerships and relationships with key reproductive justice, social justice, and otherwise aligned organizations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Director of Policy will be accountable for but not limited to the following key responsibilities: 

Strategy & Vision 

• Works with the Vice President of Government Affairs to execute strategies to advance In Our Own Voice’s federal and state policy priorities in Congress, with the current political Administration, and within state legislatures. 

• Develop, lead, and oversee the strategy behind partnerships with national and state organizations. Nurture and steward strategic relationships with colleague organizations in the fields of reproductive, social, and economic justice—especially those doing work in communities of color— to advance In Our Own Voice’s initiatives and priorities. 

• With the Vice President of Government Affairs, support the implementation of strategic planning and work plans to meet the goals and objectives for federal and state policy strategies. Supervision & Management 

• Directly manages the Senior Manager for Federal Policy and Manager for State Policy. 

• Oversee the team that monitors the federal and state policy landscape, advising and overseeing the proper systems to track important policy movement; identify key opportunities for advancing legislative priorities; and ensure that In Our Own Voice has infrastructure in place to remain abreast of policy trends to lead conversations with policymakers on reproductive justice priorities that center Black women and girls.

Policy, Advocacy, Coalitions & Partnerships 

• Closely coordinate with the Vice President of Government Affairs to ensure strategic synergies between federal and state work and strategies. 

• Works with state partners to execute the organization’s voter engagement initiatives. 

• Serve as the In Our Own Voice liaison to federal issue coalition tables and among state partners; closely monitors and manages engagement with federal coalition partners and state partners, including ensuring that the In Our Own Voice team is kept abreast of key developments. Writing & Presentation skills 

• Briefs Vice President of Government Affairs and President and CEO on federal and state policy trends, ensuring timely flow of critical information, alongside the development of rapid response strategies and tactics. 

• Writes national and state-specific issue briefs, fact sheets, and other policy documents. 

Qualifications 

The Director of Policy must have proficient knowledge and skills in the following areas: 

• A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in relevant fields is a plus. 

• 7-10 years of experience in national or state policy and advocacy, with 3-5 years of management experience. 

• Candidate must have demonstrated understanding of the Executive Branch, federal agencies, and state government, and professional experience working within or closely to federal and state government. 

• Adept at holding relationships and developing strategies to advance policy and legislative priorities through coalition and partnerships work. 

• Demonstrated ability to create and lead a team in implementing strategic priorities to advance policy and advocacy work. 

• Demonstrated professional experience in voter engagement work is a plus. 

• Candidate must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, organizational skills and be a team player. 

• Must have a commitment to the principles of Reproductive Justice and the empowerment of Black women and girls. Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet deadlines as delineated by the Vice President of Government Affairs. Commitment to the mission and goals of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

Salary for the role is currently anticipated to range from $88,000 – $95,000, commensurate with experience.  This position is based in Washington, DC with a 4-day work week. Some travel is required. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is an equal opportunity employer. 

CONTACT Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please fill out our Talent Profile or email Angie directly at asessoms@koyapartners.com. 

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. 

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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