Policy Advocate for Health and Children

09 Oct, 2020


Policy Advocate for Health and Children

Futures without Violence
Washington, DC

Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) is a national non-profit and social change organization that works to end
violence against women and children in the United States and around the world. We seek a creative, energetic
individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a senior policy staff person working to improve the
capacity of the health, early childhood and education sectors to address and prevent domestic and sexual
violence and help children and youth exposed to violence heal and thrive.
The Policy Advocate for Health and Children will serve as the primary staff person leading advocacy, legislative
and policy analysis, coalition-building and policy research on children exposed to violence and trauma, and
advancing solutions that promote health and education equity and prevent violence. This position will focus on
promoting policies that strengthen the response of schools, health care providers, child welfare and early
childhood programs, domestic violence agencies and community-based organizations to recognize and address
the needs of children and and their families who have been victimized by or witnessed physical, sexual or
community violence. The person will be expected to:
• Track, analyze and seek to strengthen legislation and Administration policy on preventing violence against
women and children and intervening early with children exposed to violence and trauma, in the
education, health and early childhood space.
• Strengthen and eventually lead an organizational advocacy coalition to advance policy and public
awareness around the effects of trauma and violence on children’s achievement and health and the best
practices for helping children and their families heal from and prevent future violence;
• Advocate for state and federal policies to help K-12 educational institutions and school-based health
programs to better address trauma and violence experienced by students and their families;
• Plan and execute high level public and policy-maker education events;
• Compose, edit and produce reports, white papers and other written materials;
• Work with communications and programmatic staff to increase public support for innovative prevention
and early intervention programs;
• Work closely with other organizations and coalitions to advance comprehensive approaches to prevent
violence and promote healthy relationships among teens and youth.
• Advocate with Members of Congress on key legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act and
• An advanced degree or JD is preferred;
• A minimum 5 years experience, including at least 3 years working in policy advocacy at the national level
or on Capitol Hill. Work in or with federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human
Services, Department of Education or Department of Justice may be substituted for a portion of the Hill
• Knowledge of federal funding streams and policies that can be used to prevent violence and abuse and
help those harmed by it heal is rquired;
• Experience with education, health and early childhood, child welfare or child care agencies and advocacy
coalitions will prove particularly helpful;
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skils;
• A commitment to ending violence against women and children and racial justice are essential;
• Be able to work independently
This is full-time, exempt position with a pay range of $60,000-90,000/year, commensurate with experience and
expertise. FUTURES offers a competitive benefits package.
PLEASE SEND RESUME & COVER LETTER TO: policy1@futureswithoutviolence.org, with “Children and Health
Policy Advocate” included in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
FUTURES welcomes applications from people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ individuals, and other communities
that have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted by violence and abuse. FUTURES maintains a diverse
and dynamic workforce and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and
applicants for employment and promotions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
gender identity, marital status, veteran status, age, national origin, disability, or any other basis protected by
federal, state or local law.

Job posted: 2020-10-09