Policy Director

Accountability Counsel
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 16

Position description

Accountability Counsel is seeking a dynamic, experienced leader to join us as a full-time Policy Director, based in our Washington, D.C. office. This is a rare opportunity to be part of a growing, fast-paced, leading organization that works to achieve accountability for human rights and environmental abuses caused by international finance.

The Policy Director is a senior member of Accountability Counsel’s leadership team and is also responsible for implementation of the organization’s Policy Advocacy strategy, which is focused on non-judicial accountability systems. In particular, we are seeking a leader to advance our work focused on the improvement and creation of accountability offices tied to international finance and development. The position reports to Accountability Counsel’s Executive Director.


The Policy Director is responsible for:

Organizational Leadership and Management (15% of time)

  • The Policy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and other Program Directors to ensure that Accountability Counsel is mission-driven, operates in accordance with the highest levels of professionalism, and in accordance with the organization’s values and strategy;
  • As part of the leadership team, the Policy Director will support the wellness, training, professionalism, and impact of our team.

Policy Advocacy (80% of time)

  • Review and Evaluation:
    • The Policy Director participates in the periodic review and evaluation of Accountability Counsel’s Policy Advocacy strategy.
  • Implementation:
    • The Policy Director serves as the primary person responsible for implementation of the Policy Advocacy program strategy;
    • The Policy Director will oversee a current three-person team of talented policy advocates in Accountability Counsel’s Washington, D.C. office. The Policy Director will lead the team through an exciting period of growth as the organization enters its second decade;
    • A main responsibility includes management of relationships with key stakeholders (including policy-makers, staff and leaders of global institutions, accountability office professionals, the business and human rights community, and civil society partners) in order to advance the Policy Advocacy program goals of:
      • strengthening existing accountability offices to ensure independence, fairness, transparency, professionalism, accessibility, and effectiveness of accountability offices;
      • advocating for creation of new accountability offices; and
      • translating lessons from cases into advocacy for systemic change and prevention of harm;
      • Much of the Policy team’s work advancing these three goals requires intensive collaboration with Accountability Counsel’s Communities and Research program teams, as well as our broader civil society community;
      • This programmatic work also includes ensuring that communications regularly reflect Policy team learning, advocacy work, and thought leadership.

Other (5% of time)

Additional duties include:

  • supporting organizational-level communications goals;
  • administrative duties, including a key role in hiring in Accountability Counsel’s Washington D.C. office and some participation in hiring of other key organizational roles over time;
  • occasional assistance with fundraising, including review of grant reports and participation in events.


The Policy Director must have the following qualifications:

  • Education:
    • an advanced degree in law, public policy, or other relevant field.
  • Experience:
    • at least 10 years of professional work experience in a related area (e.g. corporate accountability, international financial institutions, human rights, or environmental justice);
    • experience working with or for civil society organizations;
    • demonstrated advocacy experience with a track record of success.
  • Skills:
    • fluent English language skills, and excellent written, verbal, analytical, and organizational skills;
    • positive attitude, a sense of humor, and excellent judgement and interpersonal skills;
    • management and professional skills that include the ability to work independently, as a team, and also to supervise and inspire staff and external pro bono teams;
    • demonstrated ability to work within tight deadlines, set priorities, and produce under pressure;
    • Travel: willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally;
    • Mission Alignment: passion for Accountability Counsel’s community-led mission, respect-based approach, and a commitment to working with a small, but highly committed team of professionals toward shared goals.

The following qualifications are highly valued:

  • knowledge of the workings of international financial institution accountability offices and/or OECD National Contact Points;
  • an established professional network in the field of international finance and development;
  • experience living in the Global South and/or working with marginalized groups using a respect-based approach;
  • Congressional advocacy experience;
  • fluency in languages in addition to English (in particular, Mandarin, Spanish, and/or French).

Application instructions

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