Position Announcement

Director of Advocacy

A Director of Advocacy is being sought by Population Action International (PAI), a not for profit organization that has spent the past 50 years advocating in the halls of Congress, in the international policy arena, and on the front lines for women around the globe. For PAI, success means that every woman in the world has accessible, affordable, effective contraception and is positioned to plan her family and her future. With 222 million women in the developing world unable to access family planning tools, PAI’s mission has never been more relevant or urgent.

Programmatically, PAI occupies an important niche in the reproductive rights community. As a $7 million organization that receives no government funding, PAI is uniquely positioned to evaluate, improve and endorse strategies and plans to ensure international family planning efforts are the best they can be.

In 2012, PAI developed a strategic plan that charts an ambitious path forward for the organization and positions it for growth and greater impact. Through the implementation of this plan, PAI will make an even greater difference in the lives of women and their children in developing countries.

This position requires an experienced advocate and a skilled manager with significant knowledge and expertise in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights and international development,.  This person must have extensive experience leading the design and implementation of advocacy strategies.  He/she should be a strong staff manager, mentor, strategic thinker and effective collaborator in order to fully leverage PAI’s expertise in research, advocacy and communications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs PAI’s advocacy programs:  With  advocacy team and in coordination with PAI staff, identify PAI’s advocacy goals; develop and lead implementation of global, regional, and country-level advocacy strategies; work with organizational partners and networks; ensure coordination among  advocacy staff for participation in  conferences, partner events, trainings and grant monitoring and evaluation; and model good collaboration and communications with PAI’s development, research and communications staff.
  • Manages the advocacy team (currently 6 FTEs): Builds a cohesive team united around, achieving PAI’s 10-year and 3-year goals. Manages all aspects of the Advocacy Department including budget, planning, and staffing.  Provides direction, mentoring and technical guidance to advocacy team members; and supports their professional and technical development.  Performs other management and administrative tasks as required.
  • Supports PAI’s country strategy and partners overseas: Identify new alliances and partnerships for PAI around the world; serve as a liaison between PAI and international advocacy partners on specific joint projects, coordinating with internal departments as needed/appropriate; provide guidance to partners and other groups on advocacy use of PAI’s research material; collaborate on PAI strategies vis-à-vis multilateral and bilateral institutions working on reproductive health/ family planning.
  • Develops, monitors and manages the Advocacy department’s annual operating plan and budget, in collaboration with the Vice President for Programs. Allocates departmental resources to highest priorities and ensures the department stays on budget.
  • Participates in senior management team: Serves with other department heads on organizational leadership group, representing the interests of the whole. Participates in the development and implementation of organizational policies, practices and procedures. Ensures interdepartmental cooperation to optimize workflow.
    • Participates in fundraising: Works cross-departmentally to create funding proposals for new and existing research; presents to donors and potential donors.
    • Serves as a public contact for PAI’s research with media, donors and peers and in national and international professional settings.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. A minimum ten (10) years of experience designing and executing strategic advocacy programs on sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and international development issues. Demonstrated ability to translate findings into policy and/or programming essential.
  2. A Masters degree in a related field.
  3. Meaningful work experience advocating with US government, UN agencies, or other multilateral agencies.
  4. Meaningful work experience in the global South strongly preferred.
  5. Demonstrated partnership building, relationship management, and coalition leadership.
  6. Project management and budget management skills a plus.
  7. Demonstrated leadership, management and mentoring capabilities.
  8. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  9. Must be able to travel internationally and domestically (25-30% time).
  10. Previous management experience required.
  11. Language proficiency beyond English a plus.

PAI is a family-friendly organization offering a competitive benefits package. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (maximum length 1 page) and salary requirements to: recruitment@popact.org.