Director US Domestic Policy

26 Dec, 2021

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Director US Domestic Policy

Oxfam
Washington, DC

Company Description

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters.

Job Description

 PURPOSE OF POSITION: Reporting to the Vice President, Alliances, Policy and Advocacy, the Director for the US Domestic Programs (USDP) will be responsible for overseeing OUS programs in the United States, in existing locations and managing potential expansion into other states or extending the work in existing states. The Director will lead USDP work fighting inequality in the US through programs such as immigration reform, workers’ rights advocacy, voters rights, equal pay and workforce development in the US south including Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

A primary responsibility is collaborating with the VP, Alliances, Policy and Advocacy and other Vice Presidents to develop and then execute USDP’s program strategy. This strategy will be consistent with OUS’ mission, values, OUS 2030 strategy, and utilizing the research derived from the Best States to Work report on impact of inequality on workers as an important contributor to determine programming and advocacy focus at the state and federal levels. The USDP Director is also responsible for overseeing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the programs, verifying there is strategic alignment, and for assuring that learning from experience informs ongoing program and advocacy work. A key role is to ensure that USDP work is inextricably linked to the priorities of the greater organization and is connected with other teams throughout the organization so as to not become a siloed function. The USDP director is a key leadership role, working with other Departments to link programs and partners to Oxfam America’s donors, public, and advocacy targets, and also working with counterparts in the Oxfam International family.

In the event of a humanitarian emergency in the United States and failure of the US government to respond, Oxfam America may launch a response, most likely led by partners. Our activities may include identifying and vetting suitable partners, hiring short-term staff or consultants, providing technical and funding support to those organizations, engaging in public engagement and advocacy to the US government, and fundraising for the response, including through public appeals. In such situations, the USDP Director would co-lead Oxfam’s response with the Oxfam America Humanitarian Director.

Working with the Resource Development teams, the Director will engage in fundraising support of the Organization priorities and in some cases innovation funding to test new initiatives.

State and federal advocacy is vital to the mission. The Director will also work closely with the Advocacy, Alliances and Policy and Public Engagement departments to influence government policy in support of our domestic programming goals and to educate and generate support of Oxfam’s work in the US and globally.

The ideal candidate must have community-level experience, while also having the ability to engage with larger, national-level partners critical to any expansion strategy. The candidate will need to operate with a large degree of autonomy, and make decisions that advance the team’s overall goals, while at the same time ensuring alignment with the priorities of the organization.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

The USDP Director will inspire and energize staff through vision, leadership and results.

Create & Execute Strategy:

·       Champion the creation of an updated USDP strategy aligned with the Oxfam 2030 Strategic Framework.

·       Collaborate closely with Senior Leadership Team members to jointly develop a clear and succinct USDP strategy/roadmap while distilling the complex organization that is Oxfam. The USDP strategy must be focused on impact keeping in mind at all times, Oxfam’s vision, mission and values in fighting inequality in the US.

·       Clearly articulate the USDP strategy to constituents both internally and externally and serve as the organization’s key contact point for domestic programming.

·       Work with USDP staff and other policy, advocacy and campaign teams to ensure that the strategy is understood, and programs undertaken are in alignment with the strategy.

·       Implement a clear go/no go approach linked with priorities in determining geographical approaches, adopting new programs, expansion, etc. to not overwhelm current resources and increase opportunity to seek additional aligned resources.

·       Contribute to review of Oxfam America policy on, and approach to, responding to humanitarian emergencies in the United States, and incorporate resulting approach into USDP strategy.

 

Program Management and Team Building:

·   Ensure US programs are viable and operationally high quality.

·   Oversee ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning for all program and policy advocacy.

·   Create an inclusive work environment and ensure a diverse and motivated team is in place to sustain excellence in all program operations.

·   Serve as a coach to staff in helping them develop and excel in their individual responsibilities but at the same time understanding the greater Oxfam context of which they are a part.

·   Oversee the USDP budget development and tracking and delegating management of the budget to relevant Program Leads as appropriate. The Director will be responsible for strong hiring and retention of new staff and ensuring effective grant administration.

·   In the event of a humanitarian emergency in the US, co-manage with the Humanitarian Director new humanitarian response programs, most likely led by partners, in accordance with the Humanitarian Principles, Oxfam’s humanitarian approach, the Core Humanitarian Standard, and other Oxfam standards (e.g., safe programming).

 

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:

·       Guide USDP staff work in identifying, building, maintaining, and evaluating partner relationships.

·       Work with Alliances Department to develop national partnership strategy.

·       Work collaboratively with Institutional Support staff to identify and develop opportunities for fund raising; takes a proactive role in seeking funding; balances the requirements of excellence in program work with the investment in seeking new funding.

·       Oversee compliance with the obligations of the programs to report to donors.

·       Promote partner organizational and/or capacity development as a part of the program strategy.

 

·       In a US humanitarian emergency context, identify and build new partnerships and maintain and evaluate existing and new partner relationships to carry out Oxfam’s response, including meeting Oxfam’s standards for humanitarian partnerships and response and support fundraising efforts.

 

 

 

·       Support partner organizations in their own advocacy work consistent with the state, regional and national strategies.

·       Is conversant with the advocacy strategies of OUS and OI and is proactive in developing and supporting linkages between partner experience and works closely with Policy colleagues on developing and implementing shared change agendas.

·       Identify key advocacy issues arising from partner experience; consults and informs staff in other departments as appropriate.

·       Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies to be pursued on an agency wide basis; work closely with the Government Relations and Public Policy and Private Sector Department staff to ensure that USDP work is contributing directly to the greater Oxfam Policy and Advocacy agenda.

·       Represent Oxfam externally, speaking about the organization’s approach to and success with US programming and advocacy.

·       Coordinate with the private sector team to develop a US focused private sector strategy that aligns with OUS’ broader private sector strategy.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:

 

·       Will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.

·       Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based, problem-solving work culture.

·       Will have an understanding of gender justice and diversity within areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice, racial equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.

·       Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, and beneficiaries, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace, programs, and the communities we serve.

·       Up to 35% overnight travel to Oxfam offices in the U.S. and to key target locations; occasional international travel; some evening work may be required.

 

 

Qualifications

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

 

Education:

 

·       Master’s in business and/or nonprofit administration, international development, or related subject or equivalent combination of education and work experience

 

Experience and Core Competencies:

 

·         Practical and intellectual familiarity with poverty issues in the United States and major development and humanitarian trends nationally and globally:

·       Familiarity with key development and economic and social justice issues at a practical and policy level;

·       10+ years of “hands on” work related experience dealing with issues of poverty and injustice in the United States.

 

·       A leader who is committed to changing how power operates and how to make systems and institutions fairer and just and address inequality. This person should be able to speak passionately and personally about social justice and be fluent in systems change perspectives.

·       A leader with relevant experience addressing poverty and social injustice in the U.S. and/or other parts of the world through the creation and implementation of impactful programs or successfully making/influencing U.S. federal and/or state public policy.

·       Understanding of humanitarian emergencies, nationally and/or globally, including the ways in which poverty, race, class, and geography affect both the impact of emergencies on people and the assistance that they typically receive from the US government.

·       Strong Strategic Acumen: Previously and successfully led strategy development for complex organizations that required buy-in to ensure all parts of the agency understand how to bring expertise to the US domestic programming/advocacy work.

·       Entrepreneurial Experience: This position requires someone who has the perseverance, grit and creativity to take an idea and turn it into a reality, and work with a fair amount of autonomy but remain connected with the rest of the organization.

·       Partnership Brokering & Constituency Building: Experience building alliances and partnerships with diverse organizations and people. Familiarity with brokering unexpected partnerships and being able to find unique commonality between actors is essential to success.

·       Multi-stakeholder management: The candidate should thrive in multi-stakeholder environments and be able to identify commonality that motivates people to action. Specifically, this person should have experience engaging multiple actors including governments, civil society, entrepreneurs and private sector entities towards a common goal.

·       An energizing, authentic, compelling persona that thrives on innovative collaboration, empowering others, and demonstrating courageous accountability. A leader who is willing to commit the time and energy to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and is willing to acknowledge personal and organizational biases so that their field of vision is not narrow and does not preclude them from making objective decisions.

·       A willingness to foster open dialogue, think differently, and lead with agility and decisiveness with uncommonly good listening, relationship building and communication skills across diverse audiences.

·       Strategic mindset – Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

·       Collaborative – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

·       Innovative Collaboration – Reading situations and challenges and leveraging differences to win.

·       Courageous Accountability – Holding self and others accountable in terms of impact, relationships, and ways of working.

·       Empowering Others – Reflecting with empathy and developing others with thoughtful feedback.

·       Awareness & Clarity – Identify one’s own motivation, privilege and acumen and fostering open dialogue.

·       Values differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

·       Instills trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

·       Coaching mindset – Trust in people’s abilities and potential; believing that all people have their own unique abilities and have the possibility to grow by developing their potential.

 

Additional Information

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

The USDP Director will inspire and energize staff through vision, leadership and results.

Create & Execute Strategy:

·       Champion the creation of an updated USDP strategy aligned with the Oxfam 2030 Strategic Framework.

·       Collaborate closely with Senior Leadership Team members to jointly develop a clear and succinct USDP strategy/roadmap while distilling the complex organization that is Oxfam. The USDP strategy must be focused on impact keeping in mind at all times, Oxfam’s vision, mission and values in fighting inequality in the US.

·       Clearly articulate the USDP strategy to constituents both internally and externally and serve as the organization’s key contact point for domestic programming.

·       Work with USDP staff and other policy, advocacy and campaign teams to ensure that the strategy is understood, and programs undertaken are in alignment with the strategy.

·       Implement a clear go/no go approach linked with priorities in determining geographical approaches, adopting new programs, expansion, etc. to not overwhelm current resources and increase opportunity to seek additional aligned resources.

·       Contribute to review of Oxfam America policy on, and approach to, responding to humanitarian emergencies in the United States, and incorporate resulting approach into USDP strategy.

 

Program Management and Team Building:

·   Ensure US programs are viable and operationally high quality.

·   Oversee ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning for all program and policy advocacy.

·   Create an inclusive work environment and ensure a diverse and motivated team is in place to sustain excellence in all program operations.

·   Serve as a coach to staff in helping them develop and excel in their individual responsibilities but at the same time understanding the greater Oxfam context of which they are a part.

·   Oversee the USDP budget development and tracking and delegating management of the budget to relevant Program Leads as appropriate. The Director will be responsible for strong hiring and retention of new staff and ensuring effective grant administration.

·   In the event of a humanitarian emergency in the US, co-manage with the Humanitarian Director new humanitarian response programs, most likely led by partners, in accordance with the Humanitarian Principles, Oxfam’s humanitarian approach, the Core Humanitarian Standard, and other Oxfam standards (e.g., safe programming).

 

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:

·       Guide USDP staff work in identifying, building, maintaining, and evaluating partner relationships.

·       Work with Alliances Department to develop national partnership strategy.

·       Work collaboratively with Institutional Support staff to identify and develop opportunities for fund raising; takes a proactive role in seeking funding; balances the requirements of excellence in program work with the investment in seeking new funding.

·       Oversee compliance with the obligations of the programs to report to donors.

·       Promote partner organizational and/or capacity development as a part of the program strategy.

 

·       In a US humanitarian emergency context, identify and build new partnerships and maintain and evaluate existing and new partner relationships to carry out Oxfam’s response, including meeting Oxfam’s standards for humanitarian partnerships and response and support fundraising efforts.

 

Policy and Advocacy:

 

·       Support partner organizations in their own advocacy work consistent with the state, regional and national strategies.

·       Is conversant with the advocacy strategies of OUS and OI and is proactive in developing and supporting linkages between partner experience and works closely with Policy colleagues on developing and implementing shared change agendas.

·       Identify key advocacy issues arising from partner experience; consults and informs staff in other departments as appropriate.

·       Contribute to the development of advocacy strategies to be pursued on an agency wide basis; work closely with the Government Relations and Public Policy and Private Sector Department staff to ensure that USDP work is contributing directly to the greater Oxfam Policy and Advocacy agenda.

·       Represent Oxfam externally, speaking about the organization’s approach to and success with US programming and advocacy.

·       Coordinate with the private sector team to develop a US focused private sector strategy that aligns with OUS’ broader private sector strategy.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:

 

·       Will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.

·       Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based, problem-solving work culture.

·       Will have an understanding of gender justice and diversity within areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice, racial equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.

·       Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, and beneficiaries, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace, programs, and the communities we serve.

·       Up to 35% overnight travel to Oxfam offices in the U.S. and to key target locations; occasional international travel; some evening work may be required.

 

 

 

Oxfam America is a Gender Just organization and an equal opportunity employer. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sexual harassment, exploitation, and/or abuse. We welcome all persons to apply and do not discriminate. We take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Job posted: 2021-12-26