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Associate/Senior Associate, Policy and Communications
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a nonpartisan network of 110+ organizations working in 153 countries to end conflict, reduce violence, and build sustainable peace. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and most influential humanitarian and faith-based groups. We build coalitions in key areas of strategy and policy to elevate the entire peacebuilding field, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone.
AfP seeks a dynamic and ambitious Associate for Policy and Communications to elevate AfP’s policy outreach and public communications among relevant U.S. and global decisionmakers, while also leading AfP’s Congressional advocacy and education and supporting Executive Branch and global network engagement. S/he will strengthen the unity and effectiveness of the peacebuilding community’s policy voice by building strong and active relationships with policymakers and civil society allies. The Associate reports to the AfP Vice President.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Associate will have the following duties and responsibilities:
- Lead AfP’s non-partisan advocacy and education efforts with the U.S. Congress and cultivate strong relationships with Congressional offices;
- Respond to general advocacy requests from AfP members, such as joining meetings, sharing information, and organizing and taking part in speaking engagements;
- Support Vice President and CEO in consulting with the U.S. government, such as the State Department, USAID, and Department of Defense, on key initiatives;
- Work with AfP leadership to develop and implement cohesive, ambitious, communications and marketing strategies for AfP;
- Draft, edit, and review content for media, website, social media, policy makers, and related audiences;
- Strong research, analytical, and writing skills, including drafting press releases, op-eds, policy briefs, and other substantive content;
- Coordinate activities of Working Groups with relevant partners and AfP leadership;
- Support AfP’s annual conference through assisting with logistics, taking lead on panel management, covering the event on social media, and organizing photos;
Required Skills and Experience
- Passion for public policy, international affairs, peacebuilding, and/or nonprofit work;
- At least one (1) year of experience in legislative or public policy, ideally as a Congressional staff member, lobbyist, or policy advocate, with a solid familiarity with Congressional process;
- Exceptional writing and analytical skills and ability to translate research into compelling narratives;
- Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to learn from constructive feedback;
- Experience with issue-based campaigning and political advocacy, preferably on U.S. foreign policy issues;
- Demonstrated ability to write high quality, compelling content, for a range of audiences;
- Experience in crafting posts and managing communications for online and social media platforms, including FB, Twitter, and Instagram, in service of an organizational mission;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment;
- Highly organized and able to multi-task and meet deadlines;
- Strong attention to detail and ability to deliver quality work; and
- Bachelor’s degree;
Desirable Skills and Experience
- A robust Washington policy network, with strong bipartisan Congressional contacts, particularly in the Foreign Affairs/Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees;
- Prior strategic communications experience, including networks with U.S. and global media outlets;
- Basic graphic design experience and familiarity with Canva, or similar design tools, and video editing.
- Master’s degree in public policy, international relations, peace or conflict studies, or a related field.
Please send a cover letter (citing PCDN as the source of the posting), resume, and list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN: Associate, Policy and Communications. Each attachment should be labeled “Last name, First name – [Document type].” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified.
Only applicants meeting required qualifications for the position will be considered. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities but must be eligible to work in the United States. The Alliance for Peacebuilding does not sponsor work visas. The Alliance for Peacebuilding does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, race, or persons with disabilities.
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