Policy Advocate

17 Jul, 2022


Policy Advocate

Protect Democracy
Washington, D.C.

Protect Democracy seeks Policy Advocates who are passionate about protecting our democracy to rebuild and strengthen democratic norms and institutions by advancing policy solutions and organizing strategic coalitions. They lead our efforts to influence congressional offices, candidates for elected office, executive branch officials, and similar decisionmakers through direct engagement and coalition building. They also lead efforts within Protect Democracy to develop and refine policy solutions that would strategically advance our mission.

Ideal candidates for this role will have significant Hill experience, with demonstrated experience and interest working in cross-ideological coalitions and the ability to engage with Hill offices and partners on the right, center, and left of the political spectrum.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds and with policy views across the political and ideological spectrum are strongly encouraged to apply. Our team values diversity of viewpoints and includes people who have Republican, Democratic, and independent backgrounds.  Given the nature of Hill advocacy, this role requires living in proximity to the Washington, D.C., metro area.

We plan to hire multiple candidates, and as a result, we do not expect that any one candidate will have all of the experiences and requirements listed below.

Policy Advocates will:

  • Develop, propose, and lead strategic campaigns aimed at influencing political leaders at the federal level, as well as civic organizations, to rebuild and strengthen our democratic norms and institutions.
  • Build trusting and productive relationships with Hill offices and partners across the political spectrum and advocacy ecosystem to advance our legislative priorities.
  • Build and manage coalitions in support of strategic pro-democracy campaigns.
  • Work with members of Congress, their staffs, agency leaders, experts, and coalition partners to advance pro-democracy policy reforms into law.
  • Generate and sharpen creative policy proposals to strengthen American democracy, such as the Protecting Our Democracy Act or the Electoral Count Act, and work with legislators, agencies, experts, and coalitions to advance them.
  • Partner with colleagues to develop integrated advocacy campaigns that combine legal, policy, and communications strategies to bring about change.
  • Write, publish, and speak publicly to highlight the need for specific pro-democracy reforms and to build support among other nongovernmental organizations, academia, and target media audiences for the theories of change to achieve such reforms.
  • Brief reporters and provide expert commentary on complex policy issues and solutions.

The ideal candidate will bring:

  • For mid-career candidates, seven or more years of relevant professional experience, or four or more years of relevant experience and a relevant advanced degree. For more experienced candidates, 12 or more years of relevant professional experience, or 10 or more years of relevant experience and a relevant advanced degree.
  • A passionate commitment to rebuilding democratic norms and institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting and productive relationships with partners across the political spectrum and advocacy ecosystem.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead federal policy development, campaigns, or advocacy initiatives at a high level of excellence.
  • Strong commitment to a cross-ideological advocacy approach and awareness of potential blindspots and how to mitigate them.
  • Ability and experience managing projects and teams, i.e., designing and implementing step-by-step plans to get from A to B and leading a project team in execution.
  • Ability to generate ideas and creative policy solutions.
  • Ability to draft concrete legislative proposals, including legislative text and supporting policy documents, and supervise team members to produce the same.
  • Ability to persuasively present policy proposals to high-level decisionmakers, potential coalition partners, or think tanks/symposia through oral presentations and written products.
  • Ability to write convincing and accessible policy analysis, articles, memos, and reports.
  • Excellent judgment about political activism and legislative dynamics, including what levers can make change happen with limited resources.
  • Comfort working in a collaborative start-up environment and partnering with team members from across disciplines.
  • Comfort with an open and transparent culture with constant feedback up, down, and sideways.

Candidates who do not meet all listed requirements should still apply. Our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.


The starting salary range is $101,792 – $119,756 for mid-career candidates (typically seven or more years of relevant professional experience, or four or more years plus a relevant advanced degree), and $126,116 – $148,373 for more experienced candidates (typically 12 or more years of relevant professional experience, or 10 or more years plus a relevant advanced degree), commensurate with the candidate’s relevant experience, capabilities and skills, and in alignment with internal equity.

About Protect Democracy

  • Open to applicants within proximity to the Washington, D.C., area. We offer shared workspaces for staff members who enjoy working in an office environment.
  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. This position is full-time and offers a salary and benefits commensurate with experience and designed to be at the leading edge of competitiveness for the social justice and non-profit sector. While we cannot match for-profit sector salaries, our intent is to not make finance a bar to people who want to do this work on the theory that paying for top talent will result in greater impact towards our mission. For example, our benefits package includes: three months of paid parental leave, a 401k plan in which we match employee contributions dollar for dollar up to 6% of salary, and full coverage for an excellent health care plan.
  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.

To apply for this position, please fill out the application here. You will be asked to upload your resume and cover letter as a single PDF. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please contact hiring@protectdemocracy.org if you require accommodations at any point in the application process. 

Job posted: 2022-07-17