Senior Policy and Advocacy Associate via Idealist


Washington, DC, US

InterAction seeks a Senior Policy and Advocacy Associate for our Public Policy Team. This entry level position provides administrative and technical support for InterAction’s Public Policy Team including advocacy efforts focused on budget, appropriations, grasstops and other issue specific advocacy as needed and appropriate. In addition, the Senior Associate will assist with the scheduling and logistics for convening meetings, writing and editing materials for team publications, constructing and maintaining various databases, and assisting in the hiring and supervision of team interns. The Senior Policy Associate works closely with the Senior Director of Policy & Government Relations and the Public Policy Team’s staff.


Work with the Senior Director of Policy & Government Relations to:

  • Provide support for Public Policy Team meetings and briefings by maintaining working group databases, coordinating RSVPs, reserving locations, ordering food and supplies, and setting up and breaking down rooms after meetings;
  • Maintain InterAction’s budget and appropriations tables, working in Excel to track funding levels for relevant appropriations accounts and subaccounts and present those numbers in readable tables and graphs for internal and external use;
  • Provide research and support to Public Policy team’s grasstops outreach and education;
  • Maintain a lobbying database to track key votes, co-sponsorships, letter signatures, and contacts;
  • Manage the team’s subscriptions to publications and resources;
  • Interview and supervise team interns;
  • Respond to informational inquiries from InterAction members; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director and managing staff of the Public Policy Team

Work with Public Policy Team members to:

  • Develop common messaging and facilitating and strengthening coalition building with key stakeholders on a range of issues including administration and congressional transition; food security and agriculture; democracy, human rights and governance; and water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Develop champions on a range of InterAction advocacy issues in Congress, the private sector, the academic and research community and civil society organizations
  • Organize and support the Public Policy Team’s Working Group meetings, high-level events and Capitol Hill advocacy and education efforts
  • Provide research, technical and administrative support to the Public Policy Team including writing and editing materials , and taking and circulating notes and other materials to the broader coalition

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs/relations, public policy, international development, economics or a related field
  • The ability to work well under pressure, remain focused in a rapidly changing environment and be responsive to needs of members of InterAction;
  • Demonstrated experience taking initiative to solve problems;
  • Experience planning and executing logistics for internal and external meetings;
  • Highly motivated, team player, with excellent organizational skills, and strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Strong quantitative skills and attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; strong Microsoft Excel skills;
  • Ability to speak, write and edit clearly and succinctly in English; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to InterAction’s core values and mission.

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Work experience on Capitol Hill and/or legislative advocacy for a non-profit organization;
  • Advocacy experience related to budget and appropriations processes;
  • Demonstrate experience producing research products and other written materials;
  • Knowledge and experience working on global development related issues


InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. The U.S. public, foundations and others support the efforts of our membership through funding totaling more than $9 billion a year, according to 2009 estimates. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture.


There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


InterAction provides competitive salaries and excellent benefits.


Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected], with Sr. Policy & Advocacy Associate in the subject line of your transmitting email.

Position is open until filled, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period of time. No phone calls please.