The Senior International Policy Advocate is a regular, full-time position reporting directly to the Government Affairs Director in the Government Affairs Department, and is covered by the collective bargaining unit agreement between HRC and the Service Employees International Union. The Senior International Policy Advocate works with and is expected to provide leadership to the team of colleagues throughout the organization, to represent HRC’s policy positions on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, in the Administration, and with foreign governments and international organizations.
The Senior International Policy Advocate also works with national and international LGBT organizations and human rights non-governmental organizations on advancing pro-LGBT policies and laws combatting anti-LGBT legislation in the countries around the world and coordinates closely with HRC Foundation’s Global Engagement Program. The Senior International Policy Advocate will also support the general portfolio of the Government Affairs Department as needed, and maintain relationships with Congress and the Administration.
• Work with team to develop and execute HRC’s positions and strategies around our international advocacy efforts to secure fundamental human rights and legal protections for LGBT individuals and families in countries around the world.
• Communicate with offices on Capitol Hill and the Administration, particularly within assigned region and policy areas, and in coordination with the Global Engagement Program, to international LGBT and allied leaders, to advocate on behalf of the LGBT community.
• Communicate to, and coordinate with, other Policy and Political Affairs Division team members and across all departments of HRC.
• Senior International Policy Advocate is also expected to work with and play a leadership role in representing HRC within coalitions and at various events.
• Other duties as requested.
• Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
• Candidates should have five to ten years of experience at the international and federal level and be knowledgeable about the U.S. administrative and legislative policy processes, in particular knowledge of and relationships with the U.S. Department of State and other international departments and agencies of the Federal government.
• Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in U.S. foreign policy, human rights and international affairs.
• Have a demonstrated commitment to bipartisanship.
• Possess substantial experience coordinating successful legislative campaigns and working with a broad variety of allies.
• Have a demonstrated expertise in one or more of the major issue areas on HRC’s legislative agenda.
• Be a team player with outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
• Be dedicated to working to bring about equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.