The Friends Committee on National Legislation seeks a dynamic, well-organized individual with 7 or more years of experience in advocacy, organizing and management to grow our integrated lobbying and network engagement around the country. The Strategic Advocacy Director is responsible for integrating and growing all aspects of lobbying by our nationwide volunteer network and ensuring that this work is done in coordination with our lobbying and communication teams. The successful candidate will have a record of success in growing the engagement of grassroots and grasstops volunteers around the country and specific ideas about how to support them. This position reports to the Associate General Secretary for Policy and Advocacy.

Our Quaker lobby in the public interest is at a pivotal moment for the work that we do, for our relationships with the Religious Society of Friends, and for strengthening our democracy.

FCNL has the largest groups of registered lobbyists working for peace and justice in Washington, DC. Beyond our digital and email presence, in the last decade we have worked to strategically build a network of more than 111,000 volunteer advocates around the country who are engaging thousands of people to talk with Congressional staff to advance our lobbying goals.

The Organization

Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 65, including 20 registered lobbyists.

FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout our 79-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. We are embarking on a new strategic planning process, and our strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through our vibrant network of activists.

FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. We play a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. FCNL’s team of lobbyists have extensive connections and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following priorities: peacebuilding, nuclear weapons and non-proliferation; U.S. wars and militarism; Middle East and Iran; justice reform; migration policy; sustainable energy and environment; gun violence prevention; economic justice; voting and elections; and Native American issues.

Our dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both here in Washington at two major lobbying events each year and in local district offices throughout the year. We inform and educate our network through our newsletter, regular calls, webinars and collateral materials. We recruit and activate our grassroots network through a robust web site, email actions, individual relationship-building, and social media outreach. We have launched and support 130 advocacy teams across 44 states in addition to individual grassroots and grasstops advocates. We have two major national lobby days in D.C., one in November and a young adult one in March.

While our core and most engaged advocates often have a Quaker background, our national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. We also support a growing young adult network to lobby and organize with their communities. We are dedicated to growing the network with particular emphasis on effective relationship-building as a path to policy change at the federal level. In the past 3 years, we’ve increased the number of constituent lobby visits from our constituents by 50%.

The Position

The Strategic Advocacy Director is responsible for maintaining, managing, and growing the political power of our network of grassroots and grasstops volunteer lobbyists around the country. The Strategic Advocacy Director, reporting to the Associate General Secretary for Policy and Advocacy, will be a key leader in setting lobbying priorities for our national network, determining focus states, and making clear choices about the priorities for our growth and expansion.

In addition to requiring strong managerial and organizational skills to supervise a team of six, the Director should expect significant travel around the country, public speaking engagements, and leading staff and volunteers in challenging political times. The position requires an inspiring leader, who is outgoing, persistent, personable, organized, and determined, and is able to speak persuasively to a variety of audiences. The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.

A core priority for the next stage in this work is integrating the several existing programs that help volunteers around the country advocate for policy change in Washington. This includes bringing innovative advocacy strategies and tactics to the table as well as regular evaluations to ensure our approaches lead to desired results. While continuing to support and expand the participation of individuals within the Quaker community, FCNL also seeks to engage a more diverse and inclusive community of people in this work.

 

Core Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Organize, plan, and lead the strategic lobbying priorities of FCNL constituents and volunteers around the country, in consultation with the legislative team.
  • Supervise a team of six professional organizers, strategists, and data analysts who interact with our national grassroots network, building capacity and relationships around the country and measuring the progress of our lobbying efforts.
  • Manage a budget for salaries, travel, professional development, and event planning.
  • Develop strategies for expanding, deepening, and building the skills of our network of volunteer lobbyists around the country to meet the goals set in FCNL’s strategic plan.
  • Work collaboratively with and continue to integrate the work of our volunteer lobbyists with that of our professional lobbying team on Capitol Hill, our communications department, the Community and Culture team, the development group and other parts of the organization.
  • Support and steward relationships with foundations and other funders to grow the department’s work.
  • Lead the planning of the lobbying for the Quaker Public Policy Institute and Spring Lobby Weekend in cooperation with the events manager and the appropriate lobbying team.
  • Support and liaise with FCNL’s Field Committee and board of governors
  • Other duties as assigned.