The Global Development Policy Specialist will provide support in advancing Save the Children’s global policy and advocacy objectives. This position reports to the Senior Director, Global Health and Development Policy. In this capacity, the specialist will work closely with the Senior Director and the Associate Director, Global Development Policy on advocacy efforts targeting Congress and the U.S. Administration on global health and development issues, including advocacy on the federal budget and appropriations. This position will also contribute to other Public Policy and Advocacy areas as needed.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Advocate to the U.S. government to advance Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) 40%
Carry out legislative strategies to increase support in Congress for maintaining MNCH a key USG global health and international development priority and support outreach to USAID on global MNCH issues.
Support Save the Children’s engagement with relevant coalitions
Plan events to advance global MNCH issues such as Capitol Hill briefings, high level policy dinners or NGO roundtable discussions.
Support Budget and Appropriations Policy and Advocacy 25%
Provide support for analyzing annual President’s Budget request for the International Affairs budget and annual State and Foreign Operations appropriations bills
Gather intel on developments related to budget and appropriations
Provide Congressional outreach as needed to advance budget and appropriations advocacy
Support Policy and Legislative activities for Save the Children’s Priority International Development and Global Health issues 20%.
Provide support as needed to Congressional advocacy on other issues across the department.
Monitor and track legislative developments and other Congressional activities such as hearings and briefings on international development issues.
Represent Save the Children in coalitions as needed.
Assist with talking points and preparing materials
General Program Support 15%
• Maintain and update databases to track Congressional and administration relationships.
• Provide administrative and operational support for meetings and events
• 3-5 years of professional work experience in public policy & advocacy;
• Strong project management skills and ability to juggle multiple work streams with competing deadlines;
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Strong skills in writing and internal and external communication;
• Social media and communications savvy;
• Ability to adapt to a dynamic and fast-paced work environment with a learning mindset;
• Excellent team player with strong collaboration skills.
• Bachelor’s degree in public policy, international relations, international development or related field;
What’s In It for You
• Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
• Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
• Vision Insurance
• Life insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• Commuter Benefit Program
• Vacation and Sick leave
• Paid holidays
What makes us special!
• Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%
• Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members
• Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!
• Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.
• Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances
• Summer Fun Fridays – During the summer months, early release at 1:30 pm every other Friday!
• Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
• Ergonomic Options – Every employee at our HQ offices has the option of a sitting/standing desk
• Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
• Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development, and Leadership Development Programs
• Language learning opportunities
• Continuous Improvement skill development programs
• Lunch and Learn information sharing sessions
• Work hard/Play hard! We make sure there’s ample opportunity for fun, engagement, and celebration while you work, such as networking events, March Madness, World Cup, Dodgeball Tournaments, Take Your Child to Work Day, Founder’s Day, and our annual Day of Service
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