Senior Vice President, Public Policy

07 Apr, 2021


Senior Vice President, Public Policy

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Washington, DC

Position Summary

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is seeking its next Senior Vice President (SVP) of Public Policy to provide strategic leadership to, and manage its, Washington, DC Public Policy Office.  The SVP will have primary focus on cultivating allies and advocates for AFSP public policy priorities, while sustaining a coherent policy agenda across multiple areas of influence.

This is a key position on the executive leadership team and will be expected to work out of the Washington, DC public policy office once past the current pandemic environment. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in building collaborations and working with federal, state and local government agencies as well as public policy arms of non-profit and for-profit organizations in the suicide prevention and mental healthcare space.


  • Lead and direct policy analysis and formulation in long and short term national and state public policy in conjunction with the Public Policy Council and CEO
  • Represent the viewpoints of AFSP on public policy to the White House, Congress, Governors, relevant federal and state agencies, AFSP Chapter organizations, grassroots advocates, print, broadcast and social media and other stakeholders
  • Represent AFSP to relevant national and state coalitions, while identifying and recruiting other national organizations at all levels to adopt suicide prevention and access to mental health services as part of their policy focus
  • Direct and manage opportunities for AFSP to collaborate with organizations inside and outside of government that further the overall goals and objectives of AFSP above and beyond the public policy realm
  • Advance AFSP’s Federal and State policy goals and objectives through engagement of AFSP chapters and the development of volunteer field advocates
  • Oversee AFSP’s annual Advocacy Forum in Washington DC and State Capitol Days in conjunction with AFSP’s chapters
  • Lead and manage the operation of the AFSP DC Public Policy Office, including supervision of professional staff and create, direct and manage office budget and operations


  • 10-15 years’ experience in public policy development/analysis, government relations, coalition and advocacy
  • Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Government Relations, or Political Science preferred
  • Proven ability to formulate policy ideas into legislative or regulatory measures
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with an array of stakeholders and third parties
  • Must have broad network of professional relationships in Washington, DC
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with print, broadcast and social media
  • Ability to recruit, manage and mentor AFSP public policy staff and volunteers

How To Apply

Click here to submit resume with cover letter.

Job posted: 2021-04-07