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Hindu American Foundation

Director of Public Policy

– Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Director of Public Policy (DPP) will primarily be tasked with providing research, writing, and analysis support for HAF’s policy priorities and initiatives, both nationally and in select states.  The DPP will build relationships with other advocacy and lobbying organizations, strategically assess various congressional offices, committees, and caucuses and continue established initiatives with federal and state agencies.  The DPP will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Government Relations, and senior staff in developing advocacy strategies for HAF’s foreign and domestic policy issues.

Research, Analysis, and Writing

  1. Research and analyze key domestic and foreign policy issues, ranging from human rights and religious freedom to immigration and the environment
  2. Research and analyze key state-level issues in select states pertaining to hate crimes prevention, religious liberty, education, and commemorative opportunities
  3. Develop clear, well-reasoned positions and recommendations both in writing and verbally
  4. Draft policy briefs and position papers on a range of foreign and domestic issues
  5. Draft and send press releases as needed
  6. Regularly write blogs and op-eds in support of various initiatives

Policy Strategy

  1. Work with Senior Directors and Director of Government Relations to develop long term, tangible goals for foreign, domestic, and state-level policy priorities
  2. Create and regularly update tiered lists of Congressional offices that HAF should “target” for both foreign and domestic priorities goals
  3. Maintain and regularly update policy records for Congressional offices on key issues

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Maintain attendance at key fora including issue-based think tanks, coalitions, interagency meetings, federal agencies, and relevant government offices.
  2. Assist in development of issues, briefs, and fact-sheets for advocacy events
  3. Works with other senior staff to manage and delegate follow-up from advocacy events
  4. Enter contacts into Salesforce
  5. Assist on various projects as needed

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree (required), Master’s or graduate degree (a plus).  Degree in Political Science, South Asian studies, International Relations, Human Rights, Law, or related field preferred but not required
  2. 2-4 years work experience required
  3. Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  4. Ability to communicate effectively and advance the organization’s positions in meetings and other settings
  5. Strategic thinker with experience developing and implementing policy and advocacy plans and initiatives
  6. Organized and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  7. Flexible and willing to provide input and/or assist with projects and initiatives that are not necessarily within the public policy arena
  8. Works well in a close-knit team environment, but can complete tasks independently when necessary
  9. Ability to build strategic relationships and work collaboratively with NGOs and coalition partners on a range of issues
  10. Legal background a plus

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