Associate Director, Economic Policy Project

16 Nov, 2020


Associate Director, Economic Policy Project

Washington, DC

About UnidosUS
UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil
rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy,
programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United
States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers
that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united
communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a
desire to make our country stronger.
For more information on UnidosUS, please visit
The Opportunity
The Associate Director of the Economic Policy Project (Associate Director) is responsible for working in
consultation with senior leadership in the Policy and Advocacy component to set overall strategic goals
and objectives for UnidosUS economic policy analysis activities.
The Associate Director will be responsible for ensuring the production of highly-skilled, timely, and
relevant policy documents/materials in support of UnidosUS’s goals. This individual will work to build
substantive depth in a range of economic policy issues; analyzing new and emerging economic policy
issues that affect the Latino community and develop policy recommendations and solutions. In addition,
the Associate Director will coordinate, develop, and participate in public policy forums, summits,
briefings, and other events where relevant economic policy matters are discussed. This will include
serving as a spokesperson on Latino policy priorities and representing UnidosUS priorities in internal and
external meetings and before congressional staff, policymakers/experts, and issue stakeholders. This is a
supervisory position and s/he will be expected to provide support to Policy and Advocacy staff.
In addition the Associate Director will contribute to the following essential functions:
• Work with senior leadership team to set overall goals and priorities for the Economic Policy
• Conduct and publish independent policy analysis on relevant economic policy issues.
• Provide support and guidance on economic policy documents, including issue briefs, policy
memoranda, regulatory comments, public testimony, and journal articles developed by the
economic policy team.
• Supervise and provide support for staff conducting policy analysis work.
• Serve as a spokesperson on Latino economic policy priorities, representing UnidosUS priorities in
internal and external meetings, and before congressional staff, policymakers/experts, and issue
• Participate in external economic policy advisory groups, boards, or committees as appropriate.
• Work with media as appropriate.
Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
Project Management
Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects
on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
Interpersonal Skills
Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without
interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication
Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds
well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
Written Communication
Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet
needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives
and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own
interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s
efforts to succeed.
Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively
influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition
to others.
Managing People
Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility
for subordinates’ activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback;
Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal
and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually
works to improve supervisory skills.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:
• Master’s degree required and eight to ten years of relevant experience.
• Must demonstrate strong written, analytical, editorial, and oral communication skills.
• Must demonstrate understanding of economic issues facing Latino and immigrant communities.
• Must have experience developing economic policy solutions.
• Must be able to demonstrate prior experience communicating policy ideas in public settings such
as congressional hearings, major conferences, or written materials such as reports or issue briefs.
• Must have experience supervising staff.
• Must have ability to work as part of a team as well as execute collaborative projects
independently, and the ability to take initiative, work effectively under tight deadlines, and
coordinate multiple projects.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Outlook, statistical software, data
sources, and internet queries required.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills a plus.
Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been
exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan, Founding Partner and Turner Delano, Vice
President are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role
please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly
UnidosUS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political
affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.

Job posted: 2020-11-16