Position Title: Policy and Government Relations Director

Exempt or Non-Exempt: Exempt

Reports To: Chief Strategy Officer

Location: Washington, DC, area; this position could include limited travel

Salary Range: $105k-125k

Starting Date: August 5, 2024

About Faith in Public Life/FPL Action: Faith in Public Life (FPL) and Faith in Public Life Action (FPLA), our sister organization, advance the moral imperative for a just, inclusive, and equitable country that allows each of us to live into our full humanity and advocate for policies that protect and advance our sacred human rights. Our national coalition and state cohorts of influential faith leaders – who reflect the diversity of the nation – collectively discern the direction of their work, set faith-forward strategy, and take transformative action. Our coalition and cohorts help move our two core campaign focus areas: promoting/expanding reproductive health & equity and preventing/combating political violence. By building cultures of belonging, leveraging the collective power of our multi-faith and multi-racial coalition and cohorts, and advocating for policies that protect the full humanity of each of us, FPL/A seeks to move us all closer to realizing a healthy and equitable democracy.

Position Description

Faith in Public Life and Faith in Public Life Action are seeking a Policy and Government Relations Director to lead FPL/A’s work to enact policy aligned with our mission and to build relationships with elected leaders and their staffs. This role will be crucial in implementing FPL/A’s federal and state policy agenda to advance the moral imperative for a just, inclusive and equitable country so everyone is able to live into their full humanity. FPL/A utilizes a grasstops theory of change that engages, mobilizes, and amplifies influential faith leaders to move our campaign strategies – so the person in this position will work closely with our organizing and communications teams, in addition to holding their own body of work. We eagerly seek an experienced, entrepreneurial, and collaborative colleague to envision and lead our work in policy and government relations at the federal and state level.

Job Responsibilities

Develop and Execute the Organization’s Policy Strategy

Oversee and manage the organization’sorganizations’ federal and state policy agenda, from conception to implementation, in support of and aligned with FPL/A’s strategic objectives
Work closely with the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team to develop/envision truly comprehensive approaches to policy in line with FPL/A’s theory of change
Provide leadership in navigating federal and state legislative and regulatory landscapes, identifying opportunities, monitoring shifts and changes, and mitigating risks related to relevant policy changes
Represent FPL/A’s viewpoints and positions with lawmakers and legislative staff through effective communication with diverse audiences
Cultivate and maintain strong partnerships with government officials, policymakers, and stakeholders to influence decision-making and promote the organization’s interests
Develop and execute comprehensive government relations and policy advocacy strategies aligned with FPL/A’s objectives and priorities
Lead and/or coordinate coalitions or partnerships with sector peers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to amplify FPL/A’s voice and impact within organizational policy priorities
Prepare and present compelling advocacy materials, including policy briefs, white papers, presentations, and testimonies for legislative hearings or public forums as needed/invited
Represent the organization at relevant events, conferences, and public forums to advocate for our positions and build strategic partnerships
Provide strategic guidance to senior leadership on government relations strategies and potential implications of policy changes on the organization
Ensure FPL/A’s commitment to DEIA is reflected in our policy and government relations strategy

Collaboration and Management

Manage program budget
Act as a feedback loop among various internal and external stakeholders
Collaborate cross-functionally with internal teams to align advocacy efforts with organizational goals/strategies – particularly with organizing and communications teams
Collaborate with development team to help funders understand FPL/A’s policy agenda and to help develop proposals/reports for funders as needed
Ensure and maintain FPL/A’s compliance with all lobbying requirements, in partnership with Chief Operating Officer and external counsel
Organizational Responsibilities

Demonstrate significant leadership in internal organizational initiatives and group settings as they arise
Attend regular program director huddles, which promote and encourage clear processes and procedures, strong project management (including adherence to goals and deadlines), leadership development, staff autonomy and creativity, and overall organizational culture
Actively participate in staff meetings, retreats, caucuses, and social activities to build strong relationships across the organization

Job Qualifications

At least seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, at least five of which have been directly in policy and/or government relations
Proven track record of successful advocacy and relationship-building efforts in reproductive health & equity, democracy, civil rights, and/or similar policy areas
In-depth understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes and working familiarity with state and local processes
Strong network and established relationships with key stakeholders, policymakers, and government officials in reproductive health & equity, democracy, civil rights, and/or similar policy areas
Understanding of the complex landscape of American religious life and how it intersects with reproductive health & equity, democracy, civil rights, and/or similar policy areas
Familiarity with activities conducted by legal frameworks for 501c3 and 501c4 organizations and an ability to understand the legal and compliance frameworks that govern this work
Proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences – including faith-based and secular partners, stakeholders in federal and state legislatures, and federal agencies – with the ability to articulate complex issues persuasively and effectively
Strategic thinker with strong project management skills
Highly relational work style with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, independent thinking and problem solving
Ability to engage and respond on a professional level to a broad range of stakeholders
Passion for the mission of the organization and to our two core campaign focus areas of promoting/expanding reproductive health & equity and preventing/combating political violence
Demonstrated commitment to FPL/A’s organizational values (found here) and to applied diversity, equity, and inclusion
Appreciation and enthusiasm for cross-team collaboration
Ability to travel as needed to support organizational needs
A Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Law, or a related field is very strongly preferred; a Master’s or JD degree is preferred but not required
Location in the Washington, DC, area (DMV), in a hybrid working context

Approach to the Job

Continuous learning: There’s always more to know out there, and you’re hungry for it. You absorb information from your colleagues, your work, and from keeping up with your field. If something doesn’t make sense, you ask questions until it does, and you apply what you learn in your work.
Initiative and ingenuity: You leverage resources creatively to solve problems and dive right in to take a concept from idea to implementation. You often consult with others, but you can also propose solutions in the best interest of the organization and get things rolling without much guidance.
Ownership and resilience: You care deeply about getting results. You gather information, seek input, and drive work forward to the finish line. You think 3 (or 30) steps ahead to develop solutions, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed. You hold a high bar even when things are hectic and bounce back from setbacks by turning each hurdle into a learning opportunity.
Relationship-building: Part of your job is connecting with people from many different backgrounds. You find (and even create) opportunities to deepen connections and build authentic, mutual relationships with legislators, legislative staff, organizers, and grasstops faith leaders across lines of difference, such as race or other identities. You truly welcome viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you.
Adaptability and problem solving: You are always ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and address obstacles. You look for the root of both simple and complex problems, so you can seek solutions. You approach work with a spirit of “yes” and adapt as things change, which they often do.
Strategist’s mind: You quickly grasp the subtleties of complex issues and identify patterns in challenges. You don’t stop at diagnosing problems, though; you come up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to produce positive change.
Compensation and Benefits


We offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package including full medical, dental, and vision premium coverage, life insurance, and an FSA/DCA savings plan. Faith in Public Life provides a 401k benefit that offers a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 3% of an employee’s contribution. In addition to that, Faith in Public Life offers stipends for mobile phone/internet use and professional development. We provide 4 weeks of vacation paid time off, 10 paid sick days, 13 paid federal holidays, paid religious holidays, paid parental leave, and additional paid leave including the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.


Equal Opportunity Statement

Faith in Public Life provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

To Apply


The desired starting date for this position is August 5, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. All applications should be submitted through our online portal on Bamboo HR. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this job email your details to vwinters@faithinpubliclife.org