Thursday, July 5, 2012

Legislative Coordinator for International Development -- InterAction

Legislative Coordinator for International Development POSITION SUMMARY: InterAction seeks a Legislative Coordinator for International Development to facilitate advocacy by our international development working groups. These working groups consist of staff from InterAction member organizations that meet regularly to share information and coordinate work on issues related to food security/agricultural development, climate change, global health, and water. The position coordinates the advocacy messaging and strategy of the relevant working groups and helps to build and maintain relationships with key Congressional and administration staff. The Legislative Coordinator for International Development will be part of InterAction’s Public Policy Team, working closely with and reporting to the Senior Director of Public Policy. RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific duties will include: • Represent InterAction on a range of issues including food security/agricultural development, climate change, global health, and water to Congress and the administration; • Build consensus among InterAction members behind an advocacy strategy and common messaging for InterAction’s international development working groups, including writing and editing policy documents, organizing briefings and coordinating sign-on letters, and outreach to key policymakers; • Track, analyze, and report to working groups at bi-weekly or monthly meetings on pertinent policy and legislative developments, including appropriations and authorization bills; • Establish and maintain relationships with working group participants; respond to informational inquiries from InterAction members; • Build and maintain relationships with members of the administration, Congress, and strategic partners; • Coordinate advocacy efforts with the rest of the Public Policy Unit; • Support InterAction’s broad policy objectives within the context of budget/appropriations, foreign assistance reform, the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, and the Millennium Development Goals; and • Administrative and other duties as assigned by Senior Director of Public Policy. QUALIFICATIONS: • Highly organized, team player, motivated, and articulate with excellent inter-personal communication and writing skills; • A least a bachelor’s degree with two to five years of Congressional work experience and/or experience in legislative advocacy for a non-profit organization; • Experience in/knowledge of international development issues; • The ability to stay calm and poised under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and responsive to new needs of members; • Demonstrated initiative to solve problems with high energy and a positive attitude; • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission; and • The highest personal and professional integrity along with a sense of humor. ABOUT INTERACTION InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and others support the efforts of our membership via funding totaling more than $13 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. InterAction’s funds come from dues and generous grants from others, such as foundations. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture. Members are at the forefront in responding to humanitarian crises and disasters worldwide and InterAction acts as a hub in these efforts. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. SALARY & BENEFITS: InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits. TO APPLY: • Email cover letter and resume to . • Put “Legislative Coordinator” on the subject line. • Position is open until filled but applications received prior to July 27, 2012 are preferred and applications will be reviewed as they are received. • Due to the expected volume of interest, only candidates considered will be contacted. • All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States (US citizenship or “Green Card”). • No phone calls please. DEADLINE: Open until filled, with applications preferred by July 27, 2012.

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