Federal Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Center for Reproductive Rights

Job Title: Coordinator, U.S. Federal Policy and Advocacy

Department: Government and External Relations, Federal Policy and Advocacy

Center Background:  The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a global human rights organization working to ensure that reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights around the world. With offices in New York City, New York; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Washington, D.C., the Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization changing law and policy throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States. Our 230+ diverse professionals are committed to advancing the Center’s human rights mission through game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work. This has powered the Center’s exceptional growth to an operating budget of over $50 million and won the respect of law firms in countries around the world, with an additional $29 million annually of donated legal services, representing the work of countless lawyers from more than 46 countries.

The Center’s Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they are today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since our founding in 1992, the Center has transformed how reproductive rights are understood and applied by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, abortion, assisted reproduction, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We have won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies. Additionally, the Center has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 65 countries and counting.

The Role: The Coordinator, U.S. Federal Policy and Advocacy, will primarily support the work of the Government and External Relations (GER) Department’s Federal Policy and Advocacy Team. The individual in this role will report directly to the Director of the Federal Policy and Advocacy Team and will assist in collaborative projects that involve liaising with the other GER Departments, US Program Management, and the Center’s Communications, and Development teams, among others.  Projects may include updating policy documents, fact sheets, and digital tools; supporting cross-department research needs; coordinating congressional briefings and supporting hearing preparation; updating and finalizing communications to Members of U.S. Congress and their staff; providing internal and external updates on bill introductions and movement. This position will also provide support to the team’s advocacy before the Executive Branch, with similar tasks as those described for congressional work, as needed.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter with keen attention to detail who has experience facilitating and project managing time-sensitive projects that involve multiple stakeholders, coordinating research and consolidating information for external distribution, and helping to facilitate collaboration across units and departments. This individual is also a skilled relationship builder with demonstrated experience and a continual interest in operational and administrative work.

This position will be based in Washington, DC. on a hybrid model of 3 days in office and 2 work from home.

Primary Responsibilities:

Supports counsels and senior counsels in monitoring regulatory developments and administrative agency actions and manages tracking across issue areas;
Project manages requests to send email communications to members of Congress – drafting, soliciting and inputting edits, proofing and sending messages;
Participates in cross department meetings, specifically between the Federal team and the communications, development, corporate engagement, campaigns, and other teams, to manage and facilitate necessary follow up;
Assembles contacts lists for outreach to federal legislators, their staffs, coalition partners, and others;
Works collaboratively with the program associate, Director, and other members of the team to prepare and finalize weekly reports to the Center’s CEO as well as biweekly updates on the Federal Team’s work sent to Center staff;
Assists team in comparing changes to legislative and regulatory text;
Supports finalization of weekly legislative updates;
Provides support across teams to answer questions about federal legislative proposals including enactment dates, status, and any other necessary context;
Works with the Director to respond to Communication and Development requests for information about federal legislative or administrative activity.
Project manages collaboration between the Federal Team and the Communications team as needed;
Provides additional as-needed support on urgent or quick turnaround tasks, including rapid response efforts;
Works on administrative support to the Director and other senior members of the team, as needed.

Qualifications:

5+ years of relevant work experience
Demonstrated commitment to the mission
Flexibility and ability to work professionally in a fast-paced environment
Fluency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Excellent interpersonal skills
Self-motivation and the ability to work independently, while also collaborating in a team setting
The ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, often under considerable time pressure, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Commitment to human rights, reproductive rights, and/or women’s rights generally
Capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback
Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
Steadfast attention to detail
Don’t meet every single requirement? At the Center, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.  You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Critical Competencies:

Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center’s mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
Receives and Provides Direct Feedback: Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports (if applicable) about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s (if applicable) development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members. (if applicable)
Accountability: Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way. Holds team members accountable.
Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence. (if applicable)
Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk.
Compensation: The annual salary for this position is $62,000 per year. The Center also covers up to 95% of the premium for a comprehensive health plan with no deductible.

Benefits:

Health: The Center pays up to 95%* of the premium for a comprehensive health insurance plan with no in-network deductible and best-in-class reproductive healthcare coverage, including infertility. The Center also offers Dental and Vision coverage. (* % may differ in various countries)
Flexibility: The Center currently operates in a hybrid model, allowing staff to work 3 days in the office and work 2 days from home
Well-being: The Center offers resources to help prevent and recover from burnout through different programs that enable mental, physical and community well-being.  The Center offers generous leave including paid parental leave, personal days, vacation, and sick leave. We are also closed the last week of December to allow staff to spend time with their loved ones.
Growth: You will be working with and learning from some of the top legal and operational minds, all passionate about the mission of advancing reproductive rights around the world. You will also be eligible for a stipend to use towards professional growth.
Global: You will get a front-row seat to update on the fight for reproductive rights in the global space. You will also have access to Employee Resource Groups to connect to colleagues that share similar interests/backgrounds/views.
Investment: After the first year of employment, the Center will contribute 7.5%* of your annual salary to a 401(k) (* only applicable in US and Kenya)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all communities to apply. If you are excited about this role and unsure about whether your past experience aligns with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be the right candidate for this or other roles.

Our hiring processes and our work culture offer support and flexibility for staff with a variety of needs. Should you face an accessibility barrier in the application and interview process please let us know by contacting [email protected]. We will work with you to provide the accommodation that works best for you.

To learn more about the Center’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), please visit Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Center for Reproductive Rights

Learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to  www.reproductiverights.org

FLSA Exempt Status: Exempt

Union Status: Union

How to Apply: Please complete the application below to apply. A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process. If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify [email protected] before taking any further action.

Our hiring processes and our work culture offer support and flexibility for staff with a variety of needs. Should you face an accessibility barrier in the application and interview process please let us know by contacting [email protected]. We will work with you to provide the accommodation that works best for you.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Center policy on visa sponsorship for US based positions: Applicants for employment in the US must have valid work authorization that does not now and/or will not in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the US by The Center for Reproductive Rights.