Director of Federal Relations
Washington, DC, US
The Scholars Strategy Network is a membership organization of over 700 scholars at over 190 universities and research institutions dedicated to improving public policy and strengthening democracy. The network is now seeking a Director of Federal Relations. Staff members make connections, foster relationships between researchers and policymakers, and identify specific opportunities for researchers to make a difference.
The Director of Federal Relations will lead the Scholars Strategy Network’s federal policy education activities and contribute to overall organizational strategy. The Director of Federal Relations acts as the primary liaison between federal policymakers (including members of Congress and their staffs and the White House) and scholars. The Director of Federal Relations also maintains relationships with DC-based leaders in civic organizations and networks of grassroots groups. As an organizer, strategist, matchmaker, and coach, the Director of Federal Relations helps SSN researchers become powerful policy players. The Director of Federal Relations reports to the Director for Policy and Organizing who oversees SSN’s federal, state, and local policy activities.
Specific responsibilities include:
The successful candidate will be dedicated to SSN’s mission and fully understand how to make use of SSN’s structure as a voluntary, federated network of member researchers. Since SSN’s national office is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Director of Federal Relations will be based in Washington, DC, the successful candidate will be a self-starter, able to work independently – and also comfortable with frequent day trips to the Boston area. Other travel to SSN regional chapters and events will sometimes be necessary as well.
Timing: Applications are rolling. An offer will be made as soon as the right candidate appears.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Avi Green, firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Director of Federal Relations” in the subject line.