Associate Policy Officer

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 18

Position description

Associate Policy Officer. Washington, D.C.. Posting Date: 03/17/2020. Deadline: 03/24/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your advocacy skills? We are seeking a Fixed Term Associate Policy Officer for 4-6 months to support the US Foreign Policy team.

As part of the Open Society Foundations' network, Open Society-US (OSUS) is committed to building a vibrant, inclusive, and just society in the United States and in its foreign and national security policies. OSUS and its lobbying affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, conduct and support advocacy on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues, including strong human rights policies, cooperative global engagement, better access to public health services, and greater corporate and governmental transparency and accountability.

As the Associate Policy Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Work with the Senior Advisor to develop and implement advocacy, legislative, and communications strategies under the supervision of the Foreign Policy Director.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the National Security Powers Act (NSPA) coalition including organizing meetings, distributing information, and providing strategic guidance to congressional allies and coalition partners.
  • Coordinate direct congressional advocacy among coalition; conducts direct congressional advocacy and ensures coalition and congressional stakeholders are kept updated; ensure that congressional stakeholders are kept apprised of coalition developments.
  • Maintain relationships with existing coalition partners; builds new alliances.
  • Work with subject matter experts to revise legislative text, including organizing drafting sessions and collecting suggested edits.
  • Tracks political, legislative, and policy developments that may impact the NSPA.
  • Drafts regular internal updates for OSF leadership and relevant OSF colleagues on NSPA developments


What we are looking for:

  • Minimum five years communications, campaigning, or hill experience.
  • Knowledge of foreign policy NGOs and congressional offices, Washington media environment, and a proven ability to coordinate and work with large coalitions.
  • Knowledge of the War Powers Resolution, the National Emergencies Act, and/or the Arms Export Control Act a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


Check out a day in the life of an Open Society colleague here .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV. We look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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