Legislative Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a Legislative Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict to serve as the coordinator of the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG).  The PPWG is a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations dedicated to improving U.S. government policies and civilian capacities to reduce violent conflict, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises.  

The PPWG coalition works closely with Congress, the administration and operational partners on a wide range of initiatives toward these ends. Over the past 10 years it has built broad, bipartisan support in Congress and the administration to prevent violent conflict and protect funding for prevention and peacebuilding.

The Legislative Representative will also support the peacebuilding policy work of FCNL, reporting directly to the Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy.  As part of FCNL’s lobbying team, the Legislative Representative will develop strategies and advance legislation to promote FCNL’s broader peacebuilding agenda.


The Organization

FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better, playing a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on racial and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and election integrity. FCNL’s lobbyists have extensive connections with Congressional offices and currently conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following priorities: peacebuilding, human rights, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, curtailing endless war, criminal justice sentencing reform, immigration reform, refugees, solutions to climate change, economic justice and Native American issues. With direction from our General Committee, FCNL approaches each of these priorities by identifying, exposing and working to eliminate institutional racism, sexism, and militarism in order to promote genuine equality of opportunity and communities in which everyone can safely live, learn, work, worship and love. Its dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both in Washington at two major lobbying events each year, and in local district offices. FCNL informs and educates its network through newsletters and collateral materials and activates its grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach. FCNL’s national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. The organization is dedicated to growing the network with a particular emphasis on building effective relationships as a path to policy change. In the past three years, FCNL increased the number of in-person visits from its constituents to legislators by 50%. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 51, including 20 registered lobbyists.

FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout its 75-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Its strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through its growing and vibrant network of activists.


Key Priorities and Responsibilities

1. Coordinate the Prevention and Protection Working Group:

The Legislative Representative is responsible for coordinating every aspect of PPWG’s activities, including its monthly in-person meetings, outreach to policymakers, and mid-year and end-of-year strategy sessions. The job includes designing agendas and facilitating effective, action-oriented meetings of the working group; building consensus around strategies for policy change; and helping the group to put these ideas into action. The Legislative Representative also ensures effective communication among members of the working group, including by writing and distributing updates on relevant policy developments and key meetings or events.

2. Advance FCNL’s peacebuilding work:

The Legislative Representative supports FCNL’s peacebuilding program and actively leads advocacy efforts on a number of specific policy issues, particularly those relating to conflict and violence prevention. The Legislative Representative collaborates with the Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding in developing strategies for conflict prevention and resolution, lobbying Congress to support enhanced peacebuilding capacities, and educating grassroots constituencies about related topics. 

3. Build support for early prevention policy:

The Legislative Representative will build U.S. government support for early prevention of violent conflict with a particular focus on supporting multilateral efforts. The Legislative Representative will work with federal agencies and Congress to identify opportunities for prevention and develop policies that support early action.

4. Maintain effective relationships with PPWG members and policymakers:

The Legislative Representative is responsible for preserving and growing the influence of PPWG as a coalition.  This responsibility includes maintaining and building relationships with key PPWG member organizations to ensure a coordinated message and strategy between the policy and public education aspects of PPWG’s work.  It also includes trust and relationship-building between the Legislative Representative and key congressional and administration staff whom the coalition seeks to influence. 

5. Represent FCNL positions in the media:

The Legislative Representative will research and draft op-ed columns, letters to the editor, and reports, in coordination with the other designated staff to have the same published, distributed, or posted in a timely way and as appropriate.

6. Work with Development Team:

The Legislative Representative will work with FCNL’s grant writer to seek grants or other institutional support for FCNL’s legislative program activities on issues relevant to this position. For projects that are supported by foundation grants, this person will fulfill the terms of grant agreements in a timely and professional manner. The Legislative Representative will also assist the FCNL Development Team to incorporate updates and analysis relating to his/her work into direct mail and other fundraising appeals.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Experiences and Attributes

Highly qualified candidates will bring the following experiences and attributes:

  • Highly motivated and energetic leader, who can rally a coalition to effectively advocate for positive change.
  • At least 3 years of experience on Capitol Hill or lobbying Congress and/or the administration including deep knowledge and familiarity with the legislative process.
  • Facilitation skills that include designing meeting agendas and leading effective, action-oriented meetings.
  • Ability to turn strategies and ideas into reality for the coalition.
  • Interest and familiarity with policy issues related to preventing atrocities and violent conflict, or related international peace and security issues.
  • Commitment to non-violent solutions and alternatives to violent conflict.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills, with experience in writing for policy audiences, media, and foundations.
  • Flexibility and organization to manage numerous tasks and deadlines and adjust to rapid and unpredictable change.
  • Collegial and consultative approach to preventing and solving problems. Readiness to take initiative and responsibility.
  • Commitment to involving, promoting and respecting participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Ability to effectively gather and summarize large amounts of information from various sources to confidently arrive at and articulate policy positions on complex, sensitive, and highly contested topics.
  • Experience tracking and analyzing policy, specifically U.S. appropriations and national security policy, and United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions.
  • Strong listening skills and ability to represent the views of others.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, network, and support collaborative work among diverse individuals and groups.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Quaker values and practices.


Compensation and Work Expectations

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5 hour work week. Benefits include health and dental insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; and a generous retirement plan.


How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] (only electronic submissions will be accepted).


FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.


Please visit: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/legislative-representative-for-the-prevention-of-violent-conflict-1644


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