Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy

09 Aug, 2019


Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy

Girl Scouts of the USA
Washington, DC

Girl Scouts of the USA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office works to build strategic relationships with Members of Congress, the administration, executive branch agencies, and state legislators. Through our advocacy efforts, we inform and educate key representatives of the government’s legislative and executive branches about issues important to girls and Girl Scouting and lobby for increased program resources. As the nation’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated solely to girls, Girl Scouts is the leading voice for girls. Throughout our rich history, Girl Scouts has accumulated a strong knowledge base and significant expertise on girls and their growth and development. This uniquely positions us to address those issues affecting girls and Girl Scouting with all levels of government. Each year, the Public Policy and Advocacy Office develops, with input from GSUSA departments and councils, a Girl Scout Legislative Agenda that highlights those priority issues the organization will focus on at the federal and state level.


The Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy will serve as the lead for the organization’s government relations and advocacy efforts reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer. The Vice President will oversee the vision, leadership and direction to advance the Girl Scout Movement in all aspects of advocacy in the public and government sectors. The ideal candidate must be a motivational leader who can both inspire a performing team and work cross-functionally across many teams at GSUSA to support a competitive marketplace and promote Girl Scouts as the best leadership development organization for girls.


In this role the individual will plan and execute strategies for enhancing the Girl Scout brand by building strategic relationships with the White House, Executive Branch Agencies and Members of Congress to garner support of programmatic initiatives and advance the Girl Scout movement.




You Will


  • Advance the Girl Scout Legislative Agenda at the local, state and federal levels and to monitor regulatory actions that impact girls and Girl Scouts.
  • Oversee the work of the Public Policy Manager and the Federal Relations Manager in developing strategies to educate representatives of the legislative and executive branches of government and advocate for public policy issues important to girls and Girl Scouts.
  • Oversee the State Advocacy Manager and the work with our 111 local Girl Scout councils in building capacity for advocacy to support them in advancing the Girl Scout State Legislative Agenda on issues that impact girls and Girl Scouts. Manage the development of tools and resources and look for opportunities to promote and share best practices on how councils educate their state public officials about our mission and impact on girls in their communities to increase the organizations visibility, funding, membership, volunteers and broad support for Girl Scouts.
  • Manage any contract lobbying firms hired to support GSUSA in developing the necessary and established connections with law makers and influencers in a lobbying effort that results in the identification and cultivation of an increase in GSUSA’s profile in Washington D.C., and with state and local governments.
  • Partner with the GSUSA Fund Development office in developing strategies to identify and support Government funding opportunities. She/he will support the Fund Development’s Government Funding team to leverage increased public sector awareness and enhanced public profile of Girl Scouting to increase governmental funding for GSUSA and its councils.
  • Lead the efforts to build and strengthen relationships with Washington, DC thought leaders and influencers and partner with organizations and coalitions in the nonprofit sector to help us achieve our mission and ensure a healthy, vibrant nonprofit sector.
  • Work closely with organizations executive team leadership such as the CEO, CAO, CFO as well as other GSUSA teams to include: Communications and Marketing, Fund Development, Girl Experience/Programming, GSUSA’s Board of Directors, and other GSUSA’s Operating Team members, and governmental staff members to build a greatly enhanced strategy that strengthens the organizations’ capacity to serve girls everywhere in the spirit of advocacy as the preeminent organization for girls.

You Need

  • Minimum of 10+ years’ demonstrated and highly productive experience in Advocacy Policy Development, influencing and funding.
  •  8+ years’ senior level management experience directly managing individuals from a variety of constituencies
  • Decisive leadership, with the ability to coach a high performing team to execute and perform at high levels on priority work impacting the organization.
  • Strong relationship building skills that foster collaboration and establish effective working relationships across GSUSA and 111 local councils.
  • Expertise in the planning and implementing special initiatives and/or leverage support of advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience in acquiring public sector and governmental funding, as well as having pre-established relationships with members of government at federal and state levels
  • Solid experience in strategic and tactical planning
  • Proven experience supervising, coaching and motivating teams and individual staff members.

Girl Scouts of the USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Job posted: 2019-08-09