Annual salary range: competitive
22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
Company Sponsored Medical Employee Reimbursement Plan (MERP)
10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
Flexible Summer Fridays
4 Year Degree
Supervisor: Chief Policy Officer
Location: Washington, D.C.
Position Summary: The Senior Director will direct AFSP’s federal policy staff and carry out our advocacy agenda. This position will enhance AFSP’s advocacy presence in Congress, the Administration and relevant federal agencies.
Direct federal policy agenda and engage in federal advocacy; make recommendations on organization’s short and long-term advocacy and public policy goals and objectives
Represent organization at conferences, events, meetings, and webinars; present policy material to expert and layperson audiences to educate, engage, and mobilize action
Build and maintain relationships with members of Congress and federal agency staff and support the development and delivery of federal advocacy trainings to grassroots network
Provide staff support for the development of advocacy communications
Oversee the research and analysis of federal legislation and laws, and support the development of federal advocacy documents, including testimony, fact sheets, and issue papers
Build coalitions and partnerships with like-minded organizations
Oversee the planning and execution of the annual Advocacy Forum
Direct and manage contracted advocacy/policy consultants in collaboration with Chief Policy Officer
Contribute to the budget development process annually
Support the development of advocacy grant funding proposals
Application Instructions: Submit resume and cover letter with a compelling reason why you should be considered for this position. Please include your salary requirements. Applications without cover letters may not be considered.
No phone calls please.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s in public policy/related field or Law degree preferred
8-10+ years government relations, federal legislative, Capitol Hill, or public policy experience and proven record of accomplishments
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of suicide prevention, mental health/health policy issues preferred
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of programs
Ability to think strategically and make decisions weighing potential impact, organizational mission and vision, and budget constraints
Ability to effectively communicate complex policy issues to decision-makers and advocates, and to mobilize and inspire action
Comfortable giving formal presentations to large and small audiences, in-person and virtually
Ability to work collaboratively with and lead coalition work with other organizations
About The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
"Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide"
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission