State Policy Director - Gun Violence Prevention

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



District of Columbia
United States


The State Policy Director manages Sandy Hook Promise's state-level policy agenda to prevent gun violence, developing and passing state laws in the areas of school safety, gun safety, and mental health. This person is responsible for guiding and executing SHP’s policy strategy; driving the organization’s message to key stakeholders, elected officials and local partners. The State Policy director will organize and mobilize SHP’s base of supporters at a state and local level in service or our mission and advocacy initiatives. This person also provides analysis of state legislation and regulatory activity that impacts organizational priorities.

The State Policy Director reports to SHP’s Vice President of Policy and Partnerships. The preference is the State Policy Director be based in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

·      Advance SHP policy priorities at the state level

·      Analyze and track state legislative, regulatory, and litigation developments and identify key legislative opportunities

·      Build and maintain relationships with key state legislators, governors, and issue leaders and educate on issues important to SHP

·      Assists state leaders as they shape, advance, adopt, and implement policies aligned with the SHP mission

·      Engage in state coalitions on mental health and gun violence prevention

·      Organize state-level meetings, lobby days, and advocacy and awareness event

·      Mobilize SHP base and advocates around key policy initiatives

·      Develop state advocacy tools and materials, such as endorsements, public education material, etc.

·      Travel on behalf of the organization and serving as a representative at events (30-40%)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Commitment to Sandy Hook Promise’s mission and goals
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; advanced degree preferred
  • 4+ years working in policy at a state, executive, or legislative level
  • Deep understanding of political and state legislative processes
  • Analytic skills and a demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Excellent writing, research, and verbal communications skills
  • Strong self-starter with previous project management experience
  • Public speaking skills and willingness to speak on behalf of organization, often before legislator
  • Embraces and values diversity of all kinds, does not shy away from it, is open to conversations about racism and equity, and is comfortable working cross-culturally and cross-community


SHP offers a competitive salary based on experience, benefits, 401k, paid holidays and vacation.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Lauren Alfred ( by Friday, July 15 with the subject line "Application: State Policy Director." People of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.