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Public Policy Advocate or Senior Public Policy Advocate (commensurate with experience)

Public Policy Advocate or Senior Public Policy Advocate (commensurate with experience)
Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11/20/2023

Base Pay

$60,800.00 – $99,000.00 / Year

Employee Type



We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ+ people, to join our team. Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that people from marginalized communities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At HRC, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Position Summary:

The Public Policy Advocate/Senior Public Policy Advocate is a regular, full-time position reporting directly to the Government Affairs Director in the Government Affairs Department. The Public Policy Advocate/Senior Public Policy Advocate works with a team of colleagues throughout the organization to represent HRC’s policy positions on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies and with the White House. The Public Policy Advocate/Senior Public Policy Advocate also works with the boards, coalition partners and consultants to develop, implement and coordinate legislative strategies to advance the federal policy work of HRC. Advocates have both regional and issue specific responsibilities and are expected to play a leadership role in these areas.

The Public Policy Advocate salary range is $60,800-$76,000. Those with at least 3-5 years of experience may be considered for hiring at the Associate Director level with a salary of $79,200-$99,000.

This role requires regular, on-site attendance of at least two days a week to promote the overall work culture and environment of teamwork, personal interaction, and supervision to efficiently achieve the organization’s mission of ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Government Affairs team to develop and execute comprehensive strategies to lobby members of Congress, both Republican and Democratic, to secure pro-equality protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with offices on Capitol Hill, particularly within their assigned region, to advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with executive branch officials in assigned issue areas.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and other Congressional caucuses.
  • Work closely with Vice President of Strategic Initiatives to develop key partnerships, including with racial justice groups.
  • Work closely with external partners in coalitions and help manage and strengthen coalition relationships, including providing leadership in HRC-led coalitions.
  • Track legislative and administrative developments in assigned issues areas.
  • Plan events and briefings for Members of Congress and congressional staff.
  • Communicate to, and coordinate with, other Policy and Political Affairs Division staff, Communications and other divisions of HRC.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation programs to leverage support for HRC’s public policy goals.
  • Collaborate with Policy and Political Affairs field staff and Project One America staff to build support for priority legislation.
  • Attend events, including events on behalf of the HRC Political Action Committee.
  • Additional duties/responsibility as requested in accordance with the overall legislative and administrative strategy of HRC.

Position Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of experience at the federal and/or state level and demonstrated knowledge about the legislative process required.
  • Those with at least 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for hiring at the Associate Director level.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the major issue areas on HRC’s legislative agenda, particularly health care policy.
  • Must be a team player and have outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to and interest in the rapidly changing LGBTQ+ equality movement and a working knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues and racial justice issues.
  • Must be dedicated to the values of HRC: responsibility; equity and intersectionality; learning and openness; boldness; resilience; heart; respect; and community and teamwork.

All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

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