Organization: PEN America
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 10/30/2023
Reporting To: Managing Director, Washington and Free Expression Programs
Advance PEN America’s foreign policy priorities with USG officials
Support PEN America’s foreign policy efforts on Capitol Hill
Create briefing materials, testimony, and talking points
Act as a focal point for Washington-focused international advocacy across PEN America’s free expression programs, ensuring alignment and coordination across advocacy efforts including engagement with legislative offices and protection of writers and artists at risk abroad
Identify and push forward opportunities for targeted policy initiatives to advance free expression, in coordination with relevant staff from PEN America’s free expression programs, and particularly in the areas of support for writers and artists; countering digital and/or transnational repression and addressing oppression against writers, artists, and other creatives in areas including Iran, Egypt, and other MENA countries, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, China, Myanmar, and Eurasia
Lead PEN America’s efforts to promote accountability for human rights abuses via targeted sanctions programs; prepare recommendations to the U.S. government identifying Global Magnitsky sanctions targets
Inform, research, and/or draft policy position papers, research reports, and briefing papers on priority issues
Maintain, build, and leverage relationships with policy staff and key officials across the executive branch, at diplomatic missions, and in international organizations
Develop and advance strategic alliances with counterpart organizations, including think tanks, civil society organizations, and cultural organizations
In coordination with PEN America’s communications team and other relevant staff, work to build PEN America’s credibility, visibility and influence in the international advocacy arena through targeted interventions, effective campaign messaging, events, delegations and media outreach
Support and advance PEN America’s mission to safeguard free expression in the United States and abroad
Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of six years of relevant professional experience, including experience working on or within the executive branch in a foreign affairs capacity
Experience crafting and delivering policy recommendations to government officials
Experience preparing recommendations to the U.S. government identifying Global Magnitsky sanctions targets
Polished, meticulous, and impeccably courteous written and verbal communication skills
Strong project and time management skills
Ability to engage an ideologically varied set of stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and coordinate with colleagues across an organization
Demonstrated effectiveness with building relationships and coalitions
Energetic, responsive, and skilled at multitasking and managing a fast-paced environment
Salary and Benefits:
PEN America offers competitive compensation and full benefits. The starting salary range for this position is $90,000 – $103,000 commensurate with experience. Candidates whose expectations are outside this range are welcome to apply, as PEN America is open to considering talented individuals at varying stages of their careers. PEN America’s benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision health insurance, paid time off, 10 paid holidays, pre-tax commuter benefits, and a 403b retirement plan.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and unedited writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “Lead, Government and International Affairs, Washington” with your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Lead, Government and International Affairs, Washington – Jane Doe”). Please also share where you heard about this position in the body of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
No phone calls, please.
About PEN America:
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.