Government Relations Director

15 Dec, 2021


Government Relations Director

Win Without War
Washington, DC

About Win Without War 

Win Without War is a diverse network of activists and organizations working for a more peaceful, progressive U.S. foreign policy — and that’s put us on the forefront of the fight against some of the most frightening and inhumane foreign policies of the past two decades.

We believe that by democratizing U.S. foreign policy and providing progressive alternatives, we can build a more peaceful, just world where all people — regardless of race, nationality, gender, religion, or economic status — can feel secure and find and take advantage of opportunity equally and equitably around the globe.

It’s a big, ambitious agenda, and our team is small, but mighty: organizers, advocacy and issue experts, and political strategists. Every day we bring our activists into Washington’s foreign policy debates and support a network of partner organizations as we advance progressive solutions. We’d love for you to join us.

The Position

We are seeking a dynamic leader to join our team as our Government Relations Director. Are you passionate about making U.S. foreign policy more progressive? Do you want to work with policymakers to not just champion causes but change policy? Are you excited by building power and community around our champions in Congress, passing progressive legislation, and fighting DC’s war hawks in the halls of Congress? If so, we want you to join us!

Win Without War’s government relations program is focused on engaging directly with policymakers and working to enact meaningful change to U.S. national security and foreign policy. We work closely with Congress (and the Administration when possible!), bringing the voices of hundreds of thousands of activists into the heart of policymaking, all while partnering with like-minded partners to build powerful movements.

Here’s what you’d do in the job:

  • Lead the government relations program by engaging in regular, sustained advocacy and public education efforts with policymakers and staff in Congress and across the Administration
  • Manage the government relations team and collaborate closely with policy and digital campaign programs in support of WWW mission and goals
  • Lead and/or assist with advocacy campaign design to shift foreign policy outcomes both individually and with key stakeholders.
  • Design and lead advocacy-related events, including congressional briefings, strategy calls, partner convenings, webinars, and other events in ways that democratize foreign policy and center impacted community voices.
  • Oversee communications to Congress and other officials, including vote recommendations, hearing questions, policy recommendations, and other communications as needed
  • Use government relations software to oversee and track communications w/ Congress and administration, and inform programmatic goals. Provide writing, editing, and copyediting assistance for cross-functional team products, such as organizational sig-on letters, policy memoranda, research backgrounders, talking points, fact-sheets, and other resources with a clear equity lens.
  • Assist with the digital team’s strategic development, drafting, and publication of grassroots advocacy and educational resources, as well as netroots actions, such as petitions and social media content.
  • Manage staff in helping lead and execute on fulfilling the goals of the program. Provide mentorship and support for junior staff outside of your team.

You could be great for this job if you have:

  • A vision and passion for direct engagement with policymakers, particularly in the U.S. Congress
  • 5+ years of combined, relevant work experience in Congress, congressional relations, organizing, project management, or issue campaigning on U.S. foreign policy or international relations
  • A strong track record of working with Congress, either as a congressional staffer or an advocate
  • Project management experience and superior organization skills
  • A passion for developing creative ideas and a dedicated interest in reshaping U.S. foreign policy
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize among multiple possible workstreams and effectively triage to align with capacity
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to learn new concepts quickly and connect the dots across silos of U.S. foreign policy and between domestic issues
  • Strong relationship management and verbal communication skills

Everyone at Win Without War has:

  • A passionate commitment to progressive values, and to our vision of a U.S. foreign policy rooted in those values
  • A willingness to be nimble and work without ego as part of a proactive team of leaders
  • A commitment to the necessity of equity and working to dismantle systems of oppression
  • The ability to rapidly develop a working understanding of the politics of national security as it involves Congress, the Executive Branch, civil society, the media, social justice movements, material forces, ideology and U.S. political culture
  • The ability to work independently when necessary, manage projects, and execute multiple simultaneous tasks on tight deadlines
  • A healthy sense of humor
  • Fluency in written and oral American English

Expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas isn’t required, but is a plus:

  • Existing relationships with offices in Congress, particularly progressive members
  • Familiarity with Quorum or similar government relations software
  • Staff management and mentorship
  • Coalition management and/or political organizing
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Professional experience or academic expertise in U.S. foreign policy, peacebuilding, or defense and national security

Location: Washington, DC — due to COVID-19, all Win Without War staff have been working remotely since March 2020. Our primary office is based in Washington D.C. (Thomas Circle) and we have a very flexible office policy.

Win Without War is part of a network composed of organizations representing a diverse and inclusive movement to radically shift U.S. foreign policy away from a violence-first approach. We want our team to include leaders at every level who recognize the communities and movements our policies impact and reflect the diversity of the United States. Communities disproportionately harmed by the militaristic nationalism driving U.S. foreign policy and underrepresented in the broader field of foreign policy — including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates — are strongly encouraged to apply.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

How to Apply 

Please submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter that specifically emphasizes why you think you’d be excellent in this particular role, including why a more peaceful progressive U.S. foreign policy is important to you, in the fields at the bottom of the listing on our site.

This position will remain open until filled, but we anticipate closing applications on December 20th.

If you have questions about this role or the application process, please direct them to Applications sent by email will not be accepted; all applications must be submitted through the form on our website.

Job posted: 2021-12-15