The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is seeking a Director of Government Relations (DGR) who will: (1) further develop and maintain relationships with government offices and other key stakeholders to advance HAF’s policy priorities; (2) monitor legislation and initiatives relevant to Hindu Americans and work closely with the policy team to create and implement advocacy strategies and campaigns; and (3) oversee coordination of advocacy events on Capitol Hill, including Briefings, DC Advocacy Days, and other events. The position reports to our Managing Director, Policy & Programs.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Develop and maintain relationships with relevant Congressional offices, federal agencies, other advocacy and lobbying organizations, and embassies to advance HAF priorities.
Maintain attendance at key fora including issue-based coalitions, inter-agency meetings, briefings, hearings, and other events.
Monitor domestic and international legislation and initiatives relevant to Hindus; develop advocacy strategies and campaigns in conjunction with policy team.
Maintain and update policy records on key issues for Congressional offices, agency officials, and NGOs.
Work with policy team to develop and implement short- and long-term, tangible goals for foreign and domestic policy.
Oversee coordination of large-scale advocacy events on Capitol Hill, including Briefings, events, and DC Advocacy Days.
Work with local chapter leaders to build relationships with local and state elected officials and the local offices of Members of Congress
Required Skills and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, south Asian studies, human rights, or related field. Master’s or graduate degree, or law degree preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in government relations, policy advocacy, lobbying in a government office required.
Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
Ability to communicate effectively to advance the organization’s positions in meetings and other settings.
Organized and able to work on and complete multiple projects simultaneously.
Deep, working knowledge of domestic and foreign policy issues of concern to Hindu Americans, such as human rights in South Asia, U.S. - India relations, immigration, and hate crimes.
Works well in a close-knit team environment, but can complete tasks independently when necessary.
Demonstrated fluency in online productivity (G Suite), social networks, and communication platforms (Google Meets and Chat, Zoom).
Ability and willingness to travel, as necessary, to support of local and state advocacy initiatives.
In addition to a completed application, also include the following:
Two professional references, including length and nature of relationships.
Two writing samples up to 500 words. Prior publications acceptable.
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