Policy Director

03 May, 2022


Policy Director

American Humanist Association
Washington, D.C.

About us:

The American Humanist Association (AHA) advocates for progressive values and equality for humanists in the United States. Our motto is: Good Without a God. Based in DC, we conduct our work through legal and government advocacy, education initiatives, and by supporting our membership including more than 240 local humanist groups.

Humanism is an outlook on life that focuses on human potential and goodness within all of us. We are a community of activists and individuals who aspire to the greater good without the need for theism to guide us. We encourage anyone interested in working with us to explore our website to learn more: americanhumanist.org

About the role:

The Policy Director leads the AHA’s extensive work to advance humanist values in federal policy—ranging from preserving the secular nature of our democracy and reproductive justice to reparations and LGBTQ equality. The person in this role will understand that realizing a multi-racial democracy is the intersectional issue of our time. They will have the ability to apply a political analysis to policy and advocacy that is anti-racist and in alignment with justice-centered values. A successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the federal legislative and rule making processes, and be able to effectively intervene in those processes to enact humanist policies and build greater influence for our movement.

What you will do:

  • Manage the development and implementation of the department’s goals, objectives, and strategies to advance humanist values in Congress and the administration
  • Ensure all advocacy and policy priorities are equitable and justice-centered
  • Lobby Congress and executive branch agencies on policy related to the separation of church and state, religious freedom, civil rights, reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ rights, education, scientific research, and other topics
  • Build and maintain relationships with policy makers, their staffs, and coalition partners to ensure the AHA maintains its position as a resource for policy making
  • Organize congressional briefings, receptions, and lobby days to educate congressional staff and members of Congress on pending legislation and our policy priorities
  • Author legislation, testimony, comments for the public record, issue briefs, etc.
  • Manage AHA’s involvement in and serve as the representative to various coalitions
  • Author and deliver presentations on behalf of the AHA to partners, chapters, and at other events
  • Propose and draft organizational policy statements to keep AHA’s portfolio up to date with progressive policy
  • Produce Action Alerts to involve the AHA community in specific legislation and rule-making activities
  • Write and edit content for organizational publications
  • Advise and assist staff across departments on policy issues
  • Supervise the Policy Coordinator, manage department’s intern program, and assist in supervision of the Center for Freethought Equality intern
  • Oversee AHA’s participation in partner conferences and events, and involvement in the United Nations
  • Prepare and monitor performance of departmental program plans and budgets

What you bring to the role:

  • A progressive political analysis of race, class, and gender
  • A passion for building power for communities historically excluded from policy implementation and outcomes
  • 5+ years of professional work experience working in a management capacity
  • 5+ years of experience in federal policy, either through working in government or as an advocate
  • Understanding of humanism and willingness to support the mission of the AHA
  • Demonstrated time management skills with the ability to prioritize work effectively
  • Ability to work independently to further the aims of the AHA
  • Strong verbal, written, listing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to resolve conflicts, and balance criticism and praise
  • Commitment to creating and sustaining a positive, respectful and inclusive work environment
  • The ability to provide mentorship and professional development to the Policy Coordinator and Summer Interns.


$80,000 – $90,000 with a generous benefits package that includes:

  • 18 days of PTO in the first year, with an additional day for each year of service to the AHA, 11 scheduled paid holidays, and one week off for winter break
  • Employer-paid health/dental/vision; short-term and long-term disability, and basic life insurance for the employee, and 1/2 employer-paid coverage for partner and dependents
  • Flexible Spending/Dependent Care Accounts, DC Commuter Benefits, and 2% 403(b) match
  • Flexible hybrid schedules (with supervisor’s approval) including 2 hours of personal time each week

We are currently operating under a flexible/hybrid in-office and remote work plan. The ideal candidate is based in the DC area, but if you are outside of the DC area we are willing to offer a reasonable relocation package. To apply, please submit PDF copies of your resume, cover letter, and a 1-4 page writing sample for which you are the sole author and editor (preferably one that argues a policy position, but a business letter/academic essay will suffice) to policydirector@americanhumanist.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and must be complete to be considered.

The AHA takes a holistic approach to diversity and is intentional about building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive staff. We strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Job posted: 2022-05-03