America Forward is a nonpartisan policy initiative of New Profit, a pioneering national venture philanthropy fund that seeks to break down barriers between all people and opportunity in America. New Profit invests in visionary leaders – both social entrepreneurs and system entrepreneurs -- to help them scale high-impact solutions and achieve systemic change. To date, New Profit has invested over $150 million in scaling innovative organizations' impact.
America Forward's mission is to unite social innovators with policymakers to translate local impact into national change. America Forward advances a public policy agenda that advances equity, fosters innovation, rewards results, and catalyzes cross-sector partnership. Staff of America Forward lead a Coalition of more than 100 nonprofit and social innovation organizations that champion innovative, effective, and equitable solutions to our country's most pressing social problems. Our Coalition members are achieving measurable outcomes in more than 15,000 communities nationwide, touching the lives of 9 million Americans each year, and driving progress in education, workforce development, early learning, poverty alleviation, public health, pay for success, social innovation, national service, and criminal justice reform.
About the Position
The Policy Director will lead the America Forward Coalition’s evidence-based policy, social innovation, and Pay for Success collective advocacy work, co-lead America Forward’s workforce development policy and advocacy, and actively partner with the rest of our team on additional policy priorities, from idea generation to execution. The Policy Director will lead America Forward’s collective advocacy efforts by developing policy papers and other external-facing advocacy materials for members of Congress, senior officials in the Biden-Harris Administration, and other policymakers, and participate in external engagement efforts, including leading meetings with Hill staff and other policymakers, and generating policy proposals for America Forward’s nonpartisan engagement in national elections. The Policy Director will also work with others on the team to build the policy capacity of New Profit portfolio organizations and America Forward Coalition organizations. Policy capacity-building work will include leading policy workshops and Hill Days, and providing ad hoc policy advice to America Forward Coalition organizations.
An exceptional communicator, strong writer, skilled researcher, and creative and analytical thinker, the Policy Director will synthesize complex ideas, build consensus, and actively engage multiple audiences and stakeholders, including policymakers, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and other experts, in shaping new policy proposals and initiatives on behalf of America Forward. The Policy Director will participate actively in external engagement opportunities and speak and write about the Coalition’s policy priorities on behalf of America Forward.
Based in Washington D.C., the Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director of America Forward, work closely with both internal staff and external policy consultants, and play a vital role in ensuring America Forward achieves its ambitious advocacy goals, championing policies that make the social sector more equitable and more outcomes-driven.
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