Policy Director

08 Sep, 2020


Policy Director

Eleanor Crook Foundation
Washington, DC

About the Eleanor Crook Foundation
The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) is a growing U.S. Philanthropy committed to research,
policy analysis, and advocacy to end global malnutrition. It is our goal to make global
malnutrition infamous, and in so doing, mobilize the global health and development community
to end poverty and hunger by 2030. We believe achieving this ambitious goal will require
positive disruption, innovation, and creativity to upend a status quo that fails to meet the needs
of so many. We bring dedication to creating new norms, alongside a spirit of optimism and
hope, to all of our work to end global malnutrition.

Policy Director
The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) seeks a Policy Director (PD) to join our team during an
exciting time of expansion and growth. Reporting to the Managing Director and working
alongside a dynamic team of policy, advocacy, and nutrition technical experts, the PD will be
responsible for developing a multi-year policy agenda related to global nutrition and managing a
small team of policy analysts to execute that agenda. In doing so, the PD will be required to stay
abreast of the latest trends across global nutrition policy, financing, and advocacy, understand
the latest nutrition technical developments which will inform required policy change, and explore
and anticipate emerging issues across ECF’s priority areas of focus. This policy agenda will set
the direction and priorities for ECF, establishing priority areas of focus for the entire ECF team.
This is a new position at the Eleanor Crook Foundation and the person who assumes this role
will be asked to build upon existing efforts to articulate an ambitious policy agenda for the
Foundation in their first 60 days. Applicants should be excited to roll up their sleeves and
embrace the opportunity to help build a world-class policy team by recruiting a small number of
analysts and advisors to drive forward that agenda.
A “sick-of-business-as-usual” attitude is required, and applicants should have an unrelenting
desire to dream up big ideas with the potential to have transformative impact on global
malnutrition. The potential impact of the PD role in revolutionizing the global nutrition sector is
The ideal applicant will be based in, or willing to relocate to, Washington, DC.

Policy Director Responsibilities:
● Develop and Execute an Ambitious Policy Agenda: Working across ECF’s team,
develop and implement a robust policy leadership agenda. Bring the global nutrition
community to the next level by providing high-level thought leadership, encouraging and
contributing to bold, outside-the-box thinking, and identifying and funding effective policy
analysis and research. Understand and assess ECF’s current areas of focus and survey
the broader policy landscape to evaluate can’t-miss opportunities to drive impact.
Conduct desk-based policy-related research and analysis. Produce policy briefs, articles,
blogs, op-eds, talking points, and other synthesis material.
● Lead the Policy Team: Working with the CEO and the Managing Director, recruit and
develop a small team of expert policy analysts, advisors, or other positions, to meet the
long-term objectives of the Foundation’s policy team. Lead, manage, and develop the
team to achieve an ambitious policy leadership agenda, fostering significant
collaboration across the Foundation at every level.
● Oversee and Manage ECF’s Policy Grants Portfolio & Budget: Work closely with
ECF grantees to lead and support policy analysis. Oversee an annual budget to
leverage outside expertise in support of the Foundation’s policy agenda. Development
and management of this budget will be expected to happen collaboratively and in close
coordination with ECF’s Research Director.
● Collaborate with ECF’s Leaders & Community of Partners: Consult with ECF’s
Research Director and Advocacy & Communications Director to ensure synergistic
investment across the Foundation’s program teams. Proactively identify investments that
will support the work of ECF’s Research and Advocacy & Communications Teams, and
understand the latest nutrition technical developments which will inform required policy
change. Provide expert policy advice to ECF’s community of partners, and thought
leadership to ECF’s technical or advocacy grantees, to ensure that all of ECF’s
investments benefit from the policy team’s insights, analysis, and expertise.
● Represent ECF Externally: Serve as a spokesperson for the Foundation’s policy
objectives. Skillfully represent the ECF at external convenings and events by asking hard
questions, providing thoughtful answers, and remaining restless in the fight towards
global progress in the fight against malnutrition.
Required Qualifications, Skills & Attributes:
● Mission & Values Alignment: A passion for – and commitment to – ending global
malnutrition. Restless about the status quo of global development, and eager to disrupt it
to make greater impact. Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated cultural
sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of US and internationally-based partners
and staff.
● Global Nutrition Policy Expertise: At least 10-15 years of relevant experience in a
global development policy role. Demonstrated expertise in global health and global
nutrition policy. Significant track record in designing, executing, and delivering nuanced
policy analysis related to global development, global health, and/or global nutrition.
Professional experience at relevant UN agencies, multilateral institutions, and/or bilateral
donor agencies a significant plus.
● Team Leadership: Experience building, developing, and managing high performing,
cohesive, collaborative teams. Fosters a team culture of trust and transparency, enabling
all team members to give and receive feedback, both positive and constructive. Ability to
hold staff and partners to high standards of excellence, while maintaining a positive work
environment. Ability to coordinate activities with supervisors, colleagues, and
consultants. Willingness to jump in and build a world-class team at a growing foundation,
requiring attention to details both big and small, flexibility, and an unrelenting desire to
do better, together.
● Creative Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap Setting: An ability to step back from current
practice and imagine future frontiers, in research, advocacy, and policy. Confidence to
assess opportunity – even when it stands against the status quo – and to inspire action
in others. Ability to chart medium to long term direction of global nutrition, and craft vision
for where community should be in the next five years

To Apply
This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners, a boutique executive search and talent
strategy firm which partners with social justice-focused organizations. Interested candidates
should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in our mission and qualifications
for the position to: https://www.axistalentpartners.com/current-openings.

Compensation and Benefits
The Eleanor Crook Foundation offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience,
along with a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid health, vision, and dental
insurance; unlimited paid time off; six months of paid parental leave; a flexible work
environment, including remote work opportunities; and a great team!

The Eleanor Crook Foundation is committed to fostering and celebrating diversity and inclusion,
both within our Foundation and across our global community of partners. We seek out and
welcome differences in experience, thought, and perspective. We believe that a world in which
every child receives the nutrition they need to thrive can only exist by fostering the inclusion of a
wide range of voices across our work. We hold our policies, our practices, and ourselves
accountable to this commitment in everything that we do.

Job posted: 2020-09-08