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Government Relations Director - NARAL Pro-Choice America

Location: Washington, DC

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Government Relations Director - NARAL Pro-Choice America
Washington, DC

Organization Overview

As one of the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy groups, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including abortion access.

Along with more than one million member activists from all 50 states and our network of state affiliates, NARAL works to guarantee that each woman has access to the full range of reproductive freedoms. This means we’re on the front lines in the fight to expand access to abortion, make contraception more affordable, prohibit discrimination against pregnant women, and ensure all parents have access to paid leave. In recognition of our work defending the constitutional right to abortion, Fortune Magazine rated NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

At NARAL, we don’t operate or litigate; we organize and mobilize. Working together, we push our friends to be bolder, lift up the champions fighting with us on the front line for true reproductive freedom, and we shine a spotlight of accountability on bad actors that work to impose their ideological agenda on others.

Position Overview

As a member of the senior management team, the Government Relations Director will work collaboratively with NARAL leaders and other department directors to achieve our mission.

The Director will develop and implement new strategies to use governmental levers to change the national debate on reproductive rights; use policy advocacy to build power; work toward better policy outcomes in Washington and the states; and defend against anti-choice legislation and regulation.  

The Director will lead the government relations team in building and leveraging strategic relationships and integrate its work with the campaign, political and communications teams.  

The Government Relations Director will be a campaigner at heart and a strong manager, with an eye for innovative ways to use policy to create solutions.

Responsibilities

  • Work with senior leadership to develop NARAL’s near- and long-term strategies to use governmental levers to change the national debate on reproductive rights.
  • Build and leverage strong strategic relationships at the federal and state levels, and direct team members in doing the same; represent NARAL with policy-makers and their staff, as well as the staff and leadership of government agencies and departments.
  • Develop and implement strategies to work toward better policy outcomes in Washington and the states and defend against anti-choice legislation and regulation.
  • Continually monitor and assess the reproductive policy landscape.
  • Identify opportunities to push model legislation at the state level, with an understanding that state trends are national trends.
  • Design and manage all aspects of the overall legislative programs and activities of NARAL, including managing budgets, evaluating effectiveness, setting the overall goals with plans, targets and timelines.
  • Restructure the Government Relations Department to best maximize NARAL’s impact at the federal, state and local level.
  • Manage, supervise, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Represent NARAL at legislative and policy tables and coalitions.
  • Work cross-departmentally to develop campaigns that lead to policy outcomes that improve the lives of women across the full range of their reproductive lives.
  • Coordinate with the organizing, field and political teams as necessary to support effective legislative campaigns. 
  • Work with the development team to showcase NARAL’s governmental strategies with donors, and provide material for donor proposals and reports.
  • Work with the communications team to increase visibility for NARAL’s governmental relations work and priorities, including talking to the press as needed and establishing a legislative communications plan to ensure unified messaging efforts. 
  • Represent NARAL in high level speaking engagements, and prepare others to do so as well.
  • Occasional travel to work with partner organizations, allies and coalitions. 

Qualifications

  • At least seven years experience of effective governmental service, legislative advocacy or political organizing.
  • Quality management experience, including preparation of budgets and supervision of staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully integrate policy advocacy and lobbying with direct voter engagement and communications.
  • Experience working with membership organizations and desire to engage members.
  • Experience with the reproductive freedom movement is a plus.
  • Deep attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills.   
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce and sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences is required.
  • Commitment to NARAL's mission and goals.

Application Process

NARAL Pro-Choice America does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmanheinz.com/jobs/.  The cover letter should be concise and compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.  Only applications submitted through this website will be considered.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
 

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