As a leading nonpartisan policy initiative, America Forward relies on the talent, flexibility, and commitment of our team to deliver on the ground-breaking work of our mission. We look for passionate people who have a demonstrated interest in the intersection of policy, social entrepreneurship, and social change. Great candidates thrive in our fast-paced, high-performing, learning-oriented, and collaborative environment.
Location: Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and remote considered
America Forward’s Policy Director will oversee the strategic alignment of all of America Forward’s policy work — from education, to workforce development, to evidence-based policy. The Policy Director will play a leadership role guiding the America Forward Coalition’s workforce development, evidence-based policy, social innovation, and Pay for Success collective advocacy work, and will actively partner in other collective advocacy areas, including education, national service, and poverty-alleviation. The Policy Director will oversee the development of new policy proposals from idea generation to advocacy execution; develop policy papers and other external-facing advocacy materials for members of Congress, senior officials in the Biden-Harris Administration, and other policymakers; participate in external engagement efforts, including leading meetings with Hill staff and other policymakers; and develop policy proposals for America Forward’s nonpartisan engagement in national elections. The Policy Director will actively engage with the America Forward Advocacy Institute and help build the policy capacity of New Profit portfolio organizations and America Forward Coalition organizations. Policy capacity-building work will include leading policy workshops and Hill Days and providing ad hoc policy advice to America Forward Coalition organizations. The Policy Director will also work closely with senior leaders at New Profit to help advance policies of interest to New Profit portfolio organizations.
An exceptional communicator, strong writer, skilled researcher, and a creative and analytical thinker, the Policy Director will synthesize complex ideas, build consensus, and actively engage multiple audiences and stakeholders, including policymakers, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics and other experts, in shaping new policy proposals and initiatives on behalf of America Forward. The Policy Director will participate actively in external engagement opportunities and speak and write on the Coalition’s policy priorities on behalf of America Forward.
The Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director of America Forward, work closely with both internal staff and external policy consultants, and play a vital role in ensuring America Forward achieves its ambitious advocacy goals, championing policies that make the social sector more equitable and outcomes-driven. While the preferred location for this position is in Washington D.C. (where America Forward is headquartered) or Boston, MA (where New Profit is headquartered), this position is open to applicants working remotely from other locations who are willing to travel to DC periodically once the public health crisis abates.
This search is being led by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Sarah Hecklau of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
As an equal opportunity employer, New Profit recognizes the power of a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Please indicate in your application if you are a national service alumnus.