Global Advocacy Director

26 Apr, 2022


Global Advocacy Director

Institute of Internal Auditors
Washington, D.C.


The IIA’s Global Advocacy Director will operate as a lead advocate in advancing the organization’s public policy and thought leadership goals around the globe.  This is a two-year renewable contract and the position is primarily remote.  The Director will report to the Vice President of Global Advocacy, Policy, and Government Affairs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


  • Build and maintain strong, trusted relationships with key global stakeholders, including IIA affiliates, as well as with other public policy stakeholders and influencers (e.g., NGOs)
  • Provide frontline support to our affiliates as they educate policymakers in their countries/regions about internal auditing, The IIA, its certifications and standards, and various relevant policy issues
  • Position both The IIA and our affiliate(s) as highly trusted expert resources and thought leaders
  • Track relevant legislative proposals, hearings, rules, regulations, public comment periods, and other various government policy proposals across the globe
  • Identify emerging political risks and opportunities around the globe and formulate appropriate responses to advance the best interests of The IIA, its members, our affiliates, the internal audit profession, and the public
  • Collaborate in the design of campaigns to assist our global affiliates in advancing the profession’s public policy goals in their countries, including overseeing the drafting of legislative recommendations, suggestions on the building of coalitions, and coordinating with The IIA’s Communications/Media team to develop strategies to drive and manage media coverage and social media engagement
  • Create lobby packets, position papers, testimony, public comment letters, briefing memos, multimedia, PowerPoint presentations, web content, and social media which advance the organization’s advocacy goals
  • Develop strategies with affiliates to build goodwill and IIA brand recognition among public policymakers in their countries/regions
  • Engage members, chapters, and other stakeholders for advisory feedback through various volunteer councils, committees, and other channels
  • Support the Advocacy Team’s various North American initiatives, ensuring alignment and identifying synergies between The IIA’s global advocacy and North American activities and strategies


Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in political science, economics, accounting, or public policy; a Master’s degree or J.D. is a plus
  • At least eight years working for an elected official, a legislative body, a regulatory or government agency, and/or a membership organization or corporation, while actively engaged in public policymaking, lobbying, or government relations
  • The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, while demonstrating a high level of cultural and political sensitivity
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing and balancing multiple, on-going high-profile projects with the ability to meet critical deadlines.
  • Strong management skills with a proven ability to lead by influence and consensus.
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work independently. Demonstrated significant attention to detail.
  • Subject matter familiarity with internal auditing, ESG/climate, cybersecurity, fraud, governance, risk, internal controls, data privacy, and blockchain policy is a plus


Writing and Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common professional and technical documents.  Ability to respond to various inquiries from key internal and external stakeholders.  Strong writing skills with the ability to explain technical concepts in language readily understood by a layperson. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, elected officials and their staff, and/or boards of directors. Multiple language skills are an asset to any role within The IIA.


Computer Skills 

  • Intermediate to expert level of competency with all Microsoft office products, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the individual is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit. Persons in this role must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
  • Regular, in-person meetings will be required, subject to any COVID or other governmental health restrictions.
  • Regular travel (US and international) as warranted, including periodic travel to our headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida.

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Job posted: 2022-04-26