Managing Director, Advocacy and Government Relations (0314)

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    Advocacy, Policy and Research
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    Washington DC
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Amnesty International USA seeks a sophisticated and dynamic team player with lobbying and issue campaign experience to fill the position of Managing Director for Advocacy and Government Relations.  AIUSA is currently undertaking to grow the organization’s advocacy infrastructure, and this person will play a key leadership role in that effort.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement for human rights, with 7 million supporters worldwide—including 1.2 million in the United States. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. We investigate abuses, lobby governments to make sure they respect international law, and mobilize millions of supporters to campaign for change. We speak out for anyone and everyone whose freedom and dignity are under threat.

The Managing Director of Advocacy and Government Relations (MD) is responsible for developing and driving Amnesty International USA’s legislative and policy agenda to protect and advance human rights at the federal and state levels of government. Supervising a staff of four, the MD also works in partnership with AIUSA’s volunteer leaders and partners to craft and implement strategies for blocking harmful legislation and advancing legislation that reflects the organization’s priorities. The MD will bring issue expertise on human rights issues and will identify legislative and policy actions that impact human rights in the U.S. and globally; there will be frequent collaboration with colleagues across the global Amnesty movement. The MD will build and maintain strong relationships with agency staff, congressional staff, and Members of Congress, and will help strengthen a culture of excellence among AIUSA’s talented legislative staff and volunteer leaders. The Managing Director will work closely with the senior leadership team and will be based in Washington, DC.


  • In consultation with key stakeholders, develop and implement short- and long-term strategies and plans to influence legislation and policy on AIUSA’s key priority issues and programs (refugee rights, human rights defenders, police accountability, gun violence, national security). Work collaboratively with other staff to implement effective advocacy campaigns, including communications and field strategies.
  • Manage federal legislative advocacy, instituting best practices for staff and volunteer leaders, setting clear goals and benchmarks, reporting on progress, and adjusting strategies as warranted. For priority campaigns, identify key states and members of the House/Senate, and develop plans for deepening relationships with relevant staff and members.
  • In consultation with key stakeholders, develop state legislative strategies for AIUSA priority campaigns. Create systems and tools for volunteer leaders to engage in state legislative advocacy effectively, and create systems for tracking and reporting state legislative work.
  • Regularly draft or edit letters, briefing materials, and other campaign-related materials with a lens for what will effectively advance AIUSA’s legislative agenda.
  • Ensure that requests from Amnesty International’s global office and other country sections are responded to appropriately and that work flowing from them advances key priorities. Identify opportunities to advance Amnesty’s broader global agenda while continuing to focus primarily on AIUSA’s priorities and programs.
  • Serve as a spokesperson in the media and on the Hill.
  • Manage a staff of four advocacy directors who bring deep expertise in human rights issues and regions of the world.
  • Contribute to the growth of AIUSA’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy network, engaging members directly in online and offline activities and through social networks.
  • Build trusted relationships with key elected and appointed officials, staff, policy makers, related governmental bodies and leaders, and stakeholders. Work in partnership with other organizations and build coalitions with varied and diverse stakeholders.


  • Demonstrated experience and success developing and driving legislative strategies at the federal level. Experience in advocacy at the state level is a plus.
  • At least 10 years of advocacy-related experience, including substantial work in legislative and policy areas.
  • Significant experience managing staff, including senior staff members.
  • Experience working with affiliates, chapters, and/or volunteers on legislative advocacy is strongly preferred; an interest and passion for engaging grassroots in federal advocacy is essential.
  • Experience working on human rights and social justice issues is strongly preferred; a commitment to Amnesty International’s vision and mission is essential.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain and nurture strong relationships with members of Congress, their staff, agency staff, and coalition partners.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse coalitions and community groups and valuing differences of race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree or JD preferred.

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AIUSA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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