Senior International Policy Advocate

11 Sep, 2021


Senior International Policy Advocate

Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC

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.


Position Summary:

The Senior International Policy Advocate is a regular, full-time position reporting directly to the Government Affairs Director in the Government Affairs Department. The Senior International Policy Advocate works with and is expected to provide leadership to the team of colleagues throughout the organization, to represent HRC’s policy positions on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, in the Administration, and with foreign governments and international organizations.

The Senior International Policy Advocate coordinates all activities with HRC Foundation’s Global Partnerships Program in advocating with the U.S.government and national and international LGBTQ organizations and human rights non-governmental organizations to advance pro-LGBTQ policies and laws and combat anti-LGBTQ legislation in countries around the world. The Senior International Policy Advocate will also support the general portfolio of the Government Affairs Department as needed, and maintain relationships with Congress and the Administration.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with colleagues to develop and execute HRC’s international advocacy positions and strategies to secure fundamental human rights and legal protections for LGBTQ people around the world.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with key players across the Administration, Congress and the Executive Branch on LGBTQ issues in U.S.foreign policy.
  • Advocate with key stakeholders inside and outside of government in support of an inclusive U.S. foreign policy and to increase funding for global LGBTQ initiatives.
  • Advocate with the World Bank, OAS and other regional and global multilateral institutions to design programs to support the movement for global equality.
  • Coordinate with national and international LGBTQ organizations and human rights non-governmental organizations on advancing priorities, and represent HRC in selected coalitions and events.
  • Coordinate with Global Partnerships and all necessary HRC departments, design and execute major HRC visibility campaigns to draw attention to global LGBTQ rights crises and harness the power of the U.S. government to combat them.
  • Write summaries, communiques and other materials as needed to support advocacy initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) required.
  • Five to eight years’ of experience at the international and federal level and be knowledgeable about the U.S. administrative and legislative policy processes, particular knowledge of and relationships with the U.S. Department of State and other international departments and agencies of the Federal government and international institutions.
  • Demonstrated expertise in U.S. foreign policy, human rights and international affairs is required.
  • Must possess a commitment to bipartisanship.
  • Substantial experience coordinating successful campaigns and working with a broad variety of allies.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Be dedicated to working to bring about equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons.
  • 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 and/or the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 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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Job posted: 2021-09-11