Lead Lobbyist for Nuclear Disarmament & Pentagon Spending
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The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) seeks an experienced lobbyist to lead the Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending portfolio. The Lead lobbyist will guide our congressional advocacy for reductions in Pentagon spending, for strengthened arms control regimes, and for the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. The successful candidate will join our team of lobbyists who develop and lead strategies to advance our legislative priorities in Congress and with the administration.
We’re looking for someone who shares our Quaker community’s fierce commitment to a world free of war or the threat of war and is passionate about shrinking nuclear arsenals. The Lead Lobbyist must also have a clear-eyed understanding of what is possible with Congress and the administration, a demonstrated ability to focus and achieve legislative success and an ability to work collegially with a large, faith-based advocacy community around the country.
At FCNL, we embrace having a multitude of voices and talents working together to strengthen our impact in the world. In keeping with the Quaker testimony of equality, we strive to be an organization that welcomes, values and respects the different perspectives of every individual. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious backgrounds.
FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better, playing a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on racial and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and election integrity.
FCNL’s lobbyists build extensive connections with congressional offices and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following current priorities: peacebuilding, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, curtailing endless war, cutting Pentagon spending, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, solutions to climate change, economic justice and Native American issues. FCNL and Friends approach each of these priorities by identifying, exposing and working to eliminate institutional racism, sexism, and militarism in order to promote genuine equality of opportunity and communities in which everyone can safely live, learn, work, worship and love.
FCNL’s dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both in Washington at two major lobbying events each year, and in local district offices. FCNL informs and educates its network through newsletters and collateral materials and activates its grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach.
FCNL’s national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. The organization is dedicated to growing the network with a particular emphasis on building effective relationships as a path to policy change. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of about 50, including 18 registered lobbyists.
FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout its 76-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Its strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through its growing and vibrant network of activists.
Working as part of the foreign policy team, the Lead Lobbyist for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending identifies specific, achievable steps that Congress can take to cut Pentagon spending, dismantle nuclear arsenals, strengthen arms control regimes, and reduce the risks of nuclear war. The lobbyist maintains and oversees distribution to over 3,000 recipients of FCNL’s weekly Nuclear Calendar of nuclear-related congressional actions and public events.
The lobbyist will spend the bulk of their time on Capitol Hill, working with members of Congress and their staff to pave the way for the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. The lobbyist will also help to mobilize FCNL’s constituents around the country to conduct grassroots lobbying of their senators and representatives.
The Lead Lobbyist for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending is a vital member of FCNL’s legislative team, reporting to the Legislative Director for Foreign Policy. The lobbyist will also work closely with the Strategic Advocacy team to develop focused campaigns in the states of senators and districts of representatives who are key decision-makers on nuclear weapons policy and defense authorizations and appropriations.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
· Lobby Congress and the Executive Branch: Develop and expand FCNL’s contacts with key legislative and executive branch officials to advance FCNL’s lobbying priorities on nuclear disarmament, arms control and Pentagon spending. The employee crafts and advances legislative actions advancing the goal of eliminating nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, recognizing that in the current legislative policy environment, such actions may be focused initially on constraining or reducing new nuclear weapons-related spending and on securing legislative backing for less-than-comprehensive nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements.
· Develop a focused change strategy: In consultation with other designated staff, develop and implement change strategies and articulate these change strategies in a manner that is transparent and accessible to our staff, governors and fundraisers and arrange for periodic assessments and evaluations.
· Coordinate with other FCNL lobbyists: Meet regularly with other FCNL staff lobbyists to coordinate on lobby visits, intersecting programs (particularly budget/appropriations and arms transfers) and communications with the Hill and the Administration.
· Work with our colleague organizations: Participate in and provide expertise to coalitions working on reducing Pentagon spending and constraining nuclear weapons.
· Provide and expand expertise: Serve as FCNL’s staff expert on arms control, military budgets, and nuclear weapons policy. This includes monitoring legislative and policy developments; preparing and distributing fact sheets, background papers, editorials, newsletter articles, and other educational materials for general distribution; and overseeing maintenance of web pages on assigned legislative issues.
· Correspond with Congress: Draft letters to and for members of Congress, sign-on letters for relevant coalitions, legislative action messages to grassroots, and sample email texts and phone scripts for use by local advocates.
· Represent FCNL positions in the media: Conduct media outreach and produce public content to inform FCNL stakeholders, policymakers, and the broader public about the status and potential consequences of nuclear weapons proliferation, testing, production and use, as well as of an excessive Pentagon budget. The incumbent is expected to research and draft op-ed columns, letters to the editor, and reports, in coordination with the other designated staff to have the same published, distributed, or posted in a timely way and as appropriate.
· Produce the Nuclear Calendar: Oversee production of and distribution of the Nuclear Calendar, a weekly update of national and international events related to nuclear weapons and proliferation issues produced by the FCNL Education Fund.
· Advance Friends policy and practice: Work with other FCNL staff and committee members and other Quaker organizations to address the challenges to the Friends Peace Testimony presented by nuclear weapons and a militarized foreign policy.
· Manage and report on grants and assist with fundraising: Ensure that promised grant deliverables are carried out and assist the FCNL Development Team in reporting on and securing additional grant funding for FCNL and the FCNL Education Fund.
· Manage Young Fellows: Supervise and guide the program assistant, ensuring that the assistant has appropriate and meaningful work, opportunities for professional growth, and constructive oversight and direction.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience and Attributes
- Three or more years’ legislative experience, either as a congressional staff member or as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill, and a solid familiarity with congressional process.
- Understanding of nuclear weapons technologies and policies, and Pentagon spending issues.
- Bipartisan Congressional contacts, particularly focused on armed services, foreign relations, intelligence and/or appropriations committees.
- High motivation and demonstrated ability to design and lead effective change-strategies.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, editing, public speaking and media skills.
- Flexibility and organization to manage numerous tasks and deadlines and adjust to rapid and unpredictable change.
- Collegial and consultative approach to preventing and solving problems. Readiness to take initiative and responsibility.
- Comfortable working in an office environment that reflects the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, and truth; and working within the Quaker process of FCNL.
- Commitment to involving, promoting and respecting participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
- Experience managing staff, including providing mentorship and guidance to entry-level staff.
Salary: This position may be filled at the level of Director, Manager, or Representative, depending on the level of experience and demonstrated skills of the candidate, with a starting salary ranging from $65,000 at the Representative level up to $95,000 at the Director level.
Benefits: Health/dental/vision insurance; disability and life insurance; paid leave plus holidays; parental leave; generous employer contribution to a retirement plan; public transit benefit, and more.
Work Week: This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5-hour work week, with occasional travel. Because of the focus on Congress, we expect this individual to work out of our Washington, DC office once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and it is safe to do so. Some compensatory time will balance evening and weekend work and travel.