Job Opening: Director of Public Policy

TITLE: Director of Public Policy

SUPERVISOR: Vice President, Policy, Partnerships & Organizing


Advocates for Youth partners with young people and their adult allies to champion youth rights to bodily autonomy and build power to transform policies, programs, and systems to secure sexual health and equity for all youth.

Advocates for Youth envisions a society in which all young people are valued, respected, and treated with dignity; sexuality is accepted as a healthy part of being human; and youth sexual development is normalized and embraced.  In such a world, all youth and young adults are celebrated for who they are and afforded honest, affirming, inclusive sex education; access to confidential, universal sexual health services; and the economic, educational, and social power to exercise their bodily autonomy and make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.


Under the supervision of the Vice President of Policy, Partnerships, and Organizing, the Director of Policy will lead federal, state, and limited. U.S. foreign policy efforts to guide the team in building out vision and advocacy priorities. The Director of Policy will work with the Vice President to identify policy priorities of the organization and to create strategic and operational plans to meet those goals.

The Director of Policy will help set the policy direction for the organization and serve as one of the organization’s advocacy voices promoting youth reproductive sexual health, rights and justice on Capitol Hill, within the Administration and federal agencies, within state legislatures, at coalition meetings, and with colleague organizations. The Director will lead a team of three policy analysts and oversee their work to track and analyze the impact of legislation and regulations on young people, organize lobby visits for youth and adult activists, attend coalition meetings, and promote youth sexual health, rights and justice policies at the federal and state levels. The Director of Policy will work closely with Advocates’ youth organizing and communications’ staff, ensuring strategic and collaborative strategies across the organization.

The Director of Policy should be knowledgeable about the issues and policies impacting youth reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice and their intersections with racial and social justice, at a federal and/or state-level, be able to assert Advocates’ policy priorities, manage staff, and  build forward-thinking, bold, and original advocacy strategies, while keeping track of details.

The position focuses approximately 60% of its responsibilities on a policy portfolio and 40% on internal management of staff and strategic direction for the organization, though these percentages may shift depending on various factors, including political landscape, internal capacity, staff makeup, and rapid response priorities.


  • Work collaboratively with the Vice President of Policy, Partnerships and Organizing to develop and help implement strategies to support the organization’s policy advocacy priorities.
  • Provide support and leadership for and/or directly supervise policy staff, helping identify policy priorities, build strategy with staff and partner organizations, and work to shift policies that impact young people’s access to reproductive and sexual health/rights.
  • Work within Policy, Organizing, and Communications Departments to develop and implement policy priorities and support youth advocacy strategies, including developing objectives, timelines, and activities.
  • Serve as Advocates’ organizational representative to key policy groups and coalitions working on federal and state sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Provide support for staff working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, including access to comprehensive  sex education and contraception services, abortion access, supporting survivors of sexual assault through Title IX, youth-friendly HIV policies, or LGBT health and rights.
  • Develop materials, policy briefs, and/or talking points for dissemination to policy makers, administrative agencies, colleague organizations, the media, and young activists, when necessary.
  • Organize advocacy day trainings and Capitol Hill and administrative visits for youth activists, adult activists, or staff members.
  • Engage actively and provide leadership on policy and advocacy in high-level policy meetings, as appropriate.
  • Conduct policy trainings and presentations for national stakeholder audiences and youth activists.
  • Support broad efforts and provide analysis of legislative and administrative activities to Advocates’ staff, Board of Directors, partner organizations, and youth activists, including on issues in the Public Policy department beyond specific portfolios.
  • Coordinate activities with staff across the organization, including other Policy, Youth Organizing, and Communications staff.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not necessary, with at least five years’ experience of programmatic or specialized experience in federal or state-based policy advocacy. Knowledge of the legislative process a must. Experience supervising staff or leading a team highly preferred.

A demonstrated experience in policy analysis, advocacy strategy, organizational planning, communications, and/or program implementation. A demonstrated interest in the policy issues surrounding youth reproductive and sexual health/rights/justice. Understanding of youth advocacy and youth-centered policies and practice preferred.

Ability to develop “big picture” strategy while keeping track of details and ability to think “outside of the box”. Ability to digest large amounts of information quickly and turn it into concise, user-friendly language for key stakeholders including the Hill, media, colleague organizations, and youth activists.

Ability to link policy with grassroots organizing and communications work of the organization. Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet tight deadlines, and a team player, able to work collaboratively with other staff. Experience conducting advocacy trainings, strategy sessions, and organizing advocacy events desired.

A commitment to Advocates’ mission, organizational values, and goals.


$90K – $105K commensurate with experience


This is a full time position (32 hours per week) and includes flexible compensatory time, health and dental insurance plans, life and short- and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, professional development funds, and student loan pay-down benefit.


Advocates’ offices are based in Washington, DC. Candidates for this position can be hybrid or fully remote. But due to the nature of this position, the candidate would need to be available during Eastern Time Zone with a requirement to be located in (or within two hours of) the Washington, DC area.


Please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (no more than three pages each), and three references to afyhr@advocatesforyouth.org with subject line Director of Policy and last name. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 15, 2022.

Advocates for Youth is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and strongly encourages people of color and LGBTQ people to apply.