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Director, Policy Development and Analysis

Independent Sector is the leadership network for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Their nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the charitable community in order to fulfill their vision of a just and inclusive society, as well as, a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions and vibrant communities.

Position Description
Independent Sector is seeking a new Director, Policy Development and Analysis. This individual will support IS’s advocacy work and will direct the conception, development, analysis and advancement of national policy initiatives, including legislative and regulatory, that impact the ability of non-profit and philanthropic organizations to pursue their charitable missions. S/he will work closely with the Vice President, Public Policy and the President/CEO to manage the work of IS’s Policy Department.

Key Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Vice President, Public Policy and the President/CEO, identify policy priorities and set agendas for policy discussion by the IS Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee and other appropriate groups. Prepare in-depth background papers and analyses of these issues for members prior to meetings, and subsequently participate in those conversations.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends and/or challenges facing the non-profit sector, and proactively general policy proposals to address those issues.
  • Guide IS’s response to outside policy proposals by thoroughly analyzing the impact of proposed legislation and regulations on non-profit organizations, their donors, and the communities they serve.
  • Draft policy statements, position papers, briefing books, fact sheets, reports, and Congressional testimony that present the IS’s position on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Develop and maintain strong contacts with key experts from think tanks, law firms, academic institutions, and other organizations who have expertise in areas of importance to IS and its member organizations.
  • Proactively identify and engage appropriate experts on relevant financial, legal and advocacy issues. Lead these experts in the examination of IS-generated and outside policy proposals, as well as other issues facing the non-profit community. Consult with outside counsel as required.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key federal agency officials responsible for oversight and regulation of the charitable sector or those who are engaged in developing, implementing or informing policies that affect the charitable sector.
  • Conduct or commission research needed to support IS policy positions and/or to develop legislative and regulatory proposals designed to enhance the ability of non-profit organizations to pursue their charitable missions.
  • Represent IS in meetings and conferences on issues relevant to IS’s public policy work.
  • Some travel and public speaking required.
  •  Other duties as assigned.

Ideal Experience

  • 10+ years of experience working on public policy issues facing the non-profit sector.
  • Advanced degree strongly preferred in public policy, political science, public administration, law or other relevant area of study.
  • In depth understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process; of particular value are federal budget and tax issues as related to philanthropy.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate the impact of legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with coalition members and advocates.
  • Knowledge of public policy affecting the charitable and philanthropic sector, laws applicable to non-profit organizations under IRS code 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) and familiarity with advocacy and tax policy issues related to philanthropy and non-profits desired.
  • Experience preparing materials for use by policymakers, in Congress and the executive branch, preferred. Capitol Hill experience is a plus.
  • Must be a flexible collaborative team player with a passion for public policy and the political process.
  • Excellent track record working collaboratively with peers both in and outside an organization.
  • Proficient in web-based research and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook).

Personal Characteristics

  • Strongly committed to the mission and vision of IS; able to serve as a compelling ambassador for the organization.
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Superior communications skills are essential, in particular outstanding writing capabilities. A skilled professional who shares information readily and concisely; listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others.
  • Advocacy skills and excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills required. Must be very articulate and able to communicate IS policy positions clearly, both verbally and in writing, to IS members, board members and other relevant parties.
  • A self-starter who thrives in a rapidly changing environment and excels at working with a diverse team of colleagues and members.
  • Able to juggle multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a demanding fast moving work environment.
  • Articulate and sophisticated individual who presents well and can interact comfortably with high-level individuals and groups.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • A proven ability to work collaboratively and thoughtfully as part of a committed, integrated team.
  • Well-organized with exceptional attention to detail, but adaptable and flexible enough to meet evolving priorities.
  • Possess professional maturity, credibility, patience, good judgment, honesty, integrity and trust; able to motivate others in a similar vein.
  • Ability to solve problems, work independently and excel in a high performance culture.
  • Willing to travel and work non-traditional hours as necessary.

To Apply

Questions, resumes and CVs should be sent to: search@driconsulting.com.

All first round interviews for the Director, Policy Development and Analysis will take place at Development Resources, inc. or via telephone: 1601 N. Kent Street, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22209, (703) 294-6684.

Independent Sector is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Independent Sector encourages applications from qualified persons of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

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