Associate Vice President, Government Relations

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As head of government relations for Save the Children U.S. (SCUS) and its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), this position will oversee the agency’s international and domestic advocacy agendas at the federal level, ensuring policy priorities advance in Congress and the Administration and feature prominently on the national agenda.

You will be responsible for leading a department of policy and advocacy staff and will be accountable for producing measurable results for Save the Children’s mission in the U.S. legislative and executive branches. You will play an external relations role with U.S. government stakeholders and staff, and with senior policy staff of peer NGOs, to build consensus around legislative efforts and advance priorities, and will manage SCUS’s and SCAN’s participation in coalitions on priority issues, coordinating with senior leadership as needed.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

 Oversee federal government relations strategy on domestic and international priority issues (65%)

  • Develop and implement effective lobbying strategies to advance SCUS and SCAN’s agenda at the federal level.
  • Oversee educational outreach and advocacy to policymakers through direct dialogue, sharing SCUS/SCAN reports and coalition publications, and engaging technical staff to position SCUS/SCAN as a strong advocate and thought leader on priority issues.
  • Develop and promote appropriate advocacy and educational events with Executive and Legislative Branches, NGO, policy influencers and think tanks.
  • Ensure active participation in coalitions and working groups, as well as strong coordination with key partners. Represent SCUS/SCAN as needed and coordinate with senior leadership as appropriate.
  • Monitor achievement of legislative objectives and impact, including through voting records, policy outcomes, and other measurable legislative and executive activity.
  • Ensure compliance with federal laws and SCUS and SCAN policies related to lobbying.

 Serve as a Senior Management Team member within Save the Children’s Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns division. (20%)

  • Work closely with the AVP, Campaigns & Engagement to develop grassroots campaigns, state government relations strategies and targeted electoral plans that will enhance and advance SCUS/SCAN’s legislative work.
  • Work with PAC Senior Leadership Team to achieve fundraising goals for the division and support with proposal development and strategy.
  • Collaborate with senior leaders within SCUS and SCAN to ensure strong coordination on all USG-related projects and requests.
  • Collaborate with SCUS’s Marketing, Communications & Fundraising (MCF) and U.S. Programs (USP) divisions and be accountable for ensuring a coordinated approach.
  • Actively participate in PAC senior leadership meetings and retreats, contributing to the overall strategy and direction of SCUS and SCAN.

 Provide leadership and support to the government relations department. (15%)

  • Coach, develop, support, lead, and manage government relations staff and provide oversight to all PAC staff.
  • Provide guidance and support to advance their technical and supervisory capacities.
  • Build team capacity to assume greater levels of responsibility and achieve career development goals.
  • Establish and implement effective staff management and development plans for entire department.
  • Build positive team morale and support staff to become effective and knowledgeable of how their work links to wider SCAN and Save the Children directions, strategies and policies.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 15 years of relevant experience.
  • Proven familiarity with the legislative process, including both authorizations and appropriations.
  • Demonstrated track record of legislative successes (bills passed, budgets increased).
  • Proven established networks and contacts within senior, bipartisan governmental and nongovernmental policy circles.
  • Demonstrated experience working in coalitions.
  • Proven successful strategic and analytical ability.
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated persuasive and politically astute communication and networking skills with a range of different audiences (such as senior government staff, national and global civil society organizations, etc.).
  • Proven management and strategic planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
  • Proven ability to work across teams in a collaborative, contributory manner, including in a complex bureaucracy, and leverage the strengths and buy-in of others.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing both domestic and international policy priorities a plus.
  • Bipartisan networks related to foreign policy, global health, and international children’s issues.
  • Bipartisan networks related to domestic children’s issues, particularly early childhood education, food security, and immigration.
  • Experience engaging Executive Branch officials and agencies to advance a policy agenda.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children: 

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. 

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging. 

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. 

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.



As head of government relations for Save the Children U.S. (SCUS) and its political advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), this position will oversee the agency’s international and domestic advocacy agendas at the federal level…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 14, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 14, 2021
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, D.C., DC
Associated Location
Washington, D.C., DC, USA

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