Director, U.S. Government Relations

06 Jun, 2021


Director, U.S. Government Relations

One Action
Washington, DC

Job Details

ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.

Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empowers citizens to hold their governments to account.

ONE’s supporters are crucial to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Abuja, Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Johannesburg, London, New York, Ottawa, Paris and Washington DC, educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives — and which every year are under threat from cuts and other priorities.

ONE is grounded in a mission, vision and set of values that provide a foundation for our work. At ONE, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about making change and who will strive to embody our values. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with our values and mission statement before submitting your application.

Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment. When you work for ONE, you will receive excellent benefits along with the opportunity to be part of an international organization and contribute to our mission to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.


The Director will serve as a key member on the US Government Relations team, working with the Senior Director and GR team to execute comprehensive strategies to promote and defend ONE’s positions on global health, agriculture, transparency, economic development, and other key policy issues. This role will represent ONE’s positions directly with government policymakers (legislative and executive branch) and maintain a robust network of contacts throughout the U.S. government. The Director will work closely with leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating ONE’s advocacy campaigns with our ONE membership and the public. The ideal candidate will bring experience and connections from the advocacy or legislative sectors, be energetic and motivated to achieve ONE’s mission work well in a team and have a problem-solving attitude. This is a full-time, exempt opportunity reporting directly to the Senior Director for Government Relations, based in our Washington, D.C. office.

The selected candidate will be required to register as a Lobbyist under the U.S. Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act.


Be a leader on the US Government Relations team executing ONE’s legislative and advocacy strategy, establishing and implementing short- and long-term organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures with other teams within the organization, and making recommendations on related policies
Work alongside the Senior Director and team to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with critical U.S. policy makers to influence and advance ONE’s policy priorities
Leverage relationships and utilize expertise to advocate directly towards elected officials and staff in the executive and legislative branches
Track relevant appropriations and authorization hearings, advocate on current or proposed legislation and amendments, and create new legislative vehicles
Represent ONE’s positions externally with other nonprofits, public interest groups and other organizations
Liaise with other teams within the organization to advise and service ONE membership on grassroots and field strategies and actions to advance legislative priorities
Lead on and participate in projects, committees and task forces as assigned
Additional duties as assigned

Bachelor’s Degree preferred; 10+ years’ professional experience that includes at least 5 years of legislative or issue-advocacy work with experience on Capitol Hill and/or the executive branch. Strong relationships a must
Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, in particular with broad, diverse audiences
Genuine interest and passion for ONE’s issues and priorities
Demonstrated track record of keen interest in and understanding of U.S. legislative process
Team-player with superior interpersonal and collaboration skills
Ability to travel as needed (minimal)
Ability to consistently apply good judgment and make good and responsible decisions
Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Demonstrated expertise in the legislative branch and/or advocacy
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite
Ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
Related work history in poverty and infectious disease alleviation, advocacy, policy, legislation and/or demonstrable interest in the causes ONE supports
Ability to work in the United States is required

An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization
Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated
Collaborative approach and strong interpersonal skills
Remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations
Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
Takes action and is results focused
Flexible and resourceful
Independent problem solver

Fluency in English required.


No travel expectations currently. Travel up to 20% international and/or domestic post COVID-19.


Remote work environment at the time of hire. In-office work options available and standard office work environment in the future when appropriate to accommodate.


Are you ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease? Please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs!

ONE is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the Contact Us page on the web; ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

ONE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oral Communication SkillsAdvanced
Relationship ManagementExpert
Critical ThinkingAdvanced

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them


Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business

Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

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Job posted: 2021-06-06