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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileSenior Policy and Legislative Specialist Responsibilities: Effectively position organization to influence decision-makers in Administration and Congress as thought leader on priority issues. Proactively build strong relationships with relevant personal and committee staff and Members. Develop and implement advocacy strategies for achieving organization priority issue policy change and advocacy goals. Organize organization policy, media, and field staff buy-in and support for those strategies. Provide input to constituency engagement efforts. Effectively represent organization positions to Executive branch and Congress through advocacy letters, messages, calls, testimony, and visits. With other organization staff, draft and review advocacy and sign-on letters for U.S. Congress and Administration. Monitor, track, and analyze priority issues and their progress in Congress and the Executive branch. Attend, monitor, and report on relevant briefings and committee hearings. Analyze legislation related to those positions. Communicate policy and legislative developments and opportunities on those issues within organization, especially to other Advocacy Team members. Monitor, and report on other policy and legislative developments of significance to organization and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Contribute to issue planning meetings, working groups, and strategy sessions with the USCCB, Interaction, and other partners. Collaborate with such partners in implementing effective advocacy strategies. Initiate and arrange Administration and Hill meetings for organization board members, executives, senior managers, and visiting organization field staff and partners as part of advocacy strategy. Plan and coordinate organization participation in congressional briefings and hearings. Solicit, analyze, and synthesize organization experience overseas as input to development of policy positions and evidence-based advocacy, alone or with Deputy Director for Policy. Monitor, review, analyze and discuss perspectives on issue areas from think tanks, academics, NGOs, and other issue experts. Discuss organizationâ€™ perspective with USCCB, inform Bishopsâ€™ policy-making process, and dialogue with USCCB about policy positions. Write or participate in writing position papers, white papers, policy papers and other documents to summarize organization experience and analysis for priority issues. Educate and inform overseas programs and staff about relevant elements of issue area, identifying connections with programming and partners. Present organizationâ€™ positions in public, especially at Ministry Gathering, University and Diocesan events, as needed.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Masterâ€™s degree in international relations, economics, or public policy/administration or a law degree strongly preferred. 5+ years of successful Hill experience, coupled with other significant advocacy and/or legislative strategy experience required. Demonstrated performance in developing and implementing issue advocacy strategies, including constituency and media components. Strong knowledge of foreign policy and foreign assistance issues. Demonstrated working knowledge of: (1) Catholic Church organizational structures and (2) Catholic Social Teaching. Overseas economic development/humanitarian relief experience helpful. Accomplished advocacy skills including working effectively in a bi-partisan manner. Demonstrated excellent writing skills for advocacy. Accomplished verbal communication and representation skills. Accomplished interpersonal skills, especially the ability to work in teams and collaborate effectively and proactively in a complex organization. Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative. Ability to respond flexibly and with perseverance to challenges of advocacy. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and willingness to work according to the Congressional calendar and schedule. Strong knowledge of the workings of the U.S. Congress and political environment. Demonstrated judgment in strategic relationship management. Effective representation of Catholic teaching in all public settings. Excellent computer skills including fluency in MS Office, list-serve creation, Constituency-Relationship Management database, as well as such web-based research tools. Knowledge/familiarity with social networking for advocacy.
Catholic Relief Services
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-3443