Washington D.C. Policy Assistant
The one-year Policy Assistant position is designed as an opportunity for motivated individuals with strong interest in policy advocacy and grassroots organizing to build hands-on experience in national advocacy work with the American Friends Service Committee. The role will include research, writing, coalition engagement, and providing support for grassroots policy engagement by AFSC’s U.S. constituencies.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
The Policy Assistant will serve as an integral part of AFSC’s Public Policy and Advocacy team, coordinating closely with the Director, for Public Policy and Advocacy and staff to impact national policies affecting AFSC priorities. Regular activities and expectations may include the following:
- Gather and interpret information from congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and other sources; research and analyze documents and reports and summarize key findings for staff engaged in related program work nationwide and internationally;
- Support organization-wide efforts to improve AFSC’s capacities to engage grassroots constituencies in policy advocacy;
- Draft legislative updates, letters to congress, and background reports on priority issues;
- Schedule and support congressional and agency meetings for Public Policy and Advocacy Office staff and visiting experts from the field on a range of issues relevant to AFSC experience and policy concerns;
- Coordinate events and provide support to visiting groups;
- Field public inquiries and provide effective interpretation and referral on AFSC Policy positions and programs;
- Attend occasional meetings at the AFSC central office in Philadelphia and AFSC regional offices related to issues/concerns of special relevance to the Fellow;
Education: Bachelor’s degree in public policy or a related field.
Other Required Skills and Abilities
- Strong writing, research, and communication skills;
- Knowledge of and experience with issues related to peace and social/economic justice concerns;
- Prior involvement in policy analysis and advocacy;
- Experience relating aspirational work for peace and social justice to the realities of U.S. legislative process;
- Familiarity with Quaker values and concerns and with AFSC programs;
- Willingness to work in a highly consultative style with immediate colleagues and other AFSC staff;
- Comfort with working independently, seeking support as needed;
- Ability to relate positively to a wide range of people including public officials at all levels;
- Good judgment, imagination, initiative, and sensitivity.
Compensation: Annual compensation of $20,000. AFSC will provide comprehensive coverage for health/medical insurance.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Director for Public Policy and Advocacy