UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle income countries where most of the world’s poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children.
UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that rallies the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children through the unmatched reach of UNICEF. Headquartered in New York City, UUSA has some 300 employees distributed across nine regional offices in the U.S. To fuel UNICEF’s life-saving work across the globe, UUSA raises nearly $600 million dollars from private sources every year and marshals its supporters to advocate for over $800 million in annual US government support. UUSA has built abroad - based movement to advocate for the well-being and protection of children globally. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org .
Position: Assistant Director, Policy and Advocacy
Location: New York
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: NYC minimum salary for this position is $77,000. This may be adjusted to reflect the cost of labor of a candidate’s work location, if outside of NYC
Reporting to the Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, the Assistant Director will help sustain and deepen UNICEF USA’s (UUSA) policy and advocacy goals, working across the organization and with UNICEF supporters around the country. This position will have overall responsibility for a variety of programs and advocacy issues relating to the work of UNICEF, managing engagement with both government and NGO partners.
Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):
- Work with national UNICEF USA staff and regional offices to develop advocacy campaign goals, strategies, and tactics to reach policy outcomes on specific issue areas at various levels of government.
- Work across UNICEF USA departments to design and carry out large-scale advocacy campaigns that integrate the Policy and Advocacy Team’s work and direction into UUSA’s core activities throughout the year.
- Coordinate advocacy initiatives on state-based policy issues that engage UNICEF volunteers and influence state legislatures.
- Develop and facilitate opportunities for ongoing communication, engagement, training (online and in-person), and coordination among UUSA volunteers and national and regional staff.
- Develop advocacy plans and materials for state-based legislation relevant to UNICEF’s mission, with a particular focus on child protection and inclusion issues, gender-based violence, and child marriage.
- Advise on policy issues and grassroots advocacy opportunities at the state and local levels, including making recommendations on proposals from UNICEF volunteers.
- Oversee the execution of Advocacy Day and provide oversight over advocacy issues and training as part of UNICEF USA’s Annual Summit.
- Manage logistics for government participation in UUSA events and convenings, including preparing government invitee mailing lists, overseeing the production of official invitations, coordinating follow-up, and then stewarding onsite.
- Utilizing the organization’s digital advocacy platform, Phone2Action, lead in the creation of digital advocacy activations for the website and social media to further the reach and impact of UUSA’s advocacy campaigns.
- Participate in on-the-ground meetings, planning, and campaign events in priority states and cities, where needed.
- Represent UUSA in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further shared advocacy goals.
- Lead in integrating UUSA partners into the organization’s advocacy efforts, including mobilizing partner organizations during times of urgent action and incorporating advocacy actions into partner-hosted events.
- Represent UUSA in advocacy meetings and events with other UNICEF national committees.
- Supervise one or two Policy and Advocacy staff as required.
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 7 years’ relevant experience in government relations, grassroots organizing, or international development in a non-profit or related field.
- Experience influencing the policy and practice of governments by managing campaigns, advocacy strategy and/or lobby days a plus. Experience working with government offices and knowledge of UNICEF's programs also a plus.
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills and a demonstrated ability to liaise and build relationships with diverse stakeholders and institutions.
- Ability to navigate complex and changing environments.
- Experience planning, developing and managing projects or events. The ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities while consistently meeting deadlines is essential.
- Proven ability to work independently, take initiative and generate pragmatic solutions to address potential road blocks as well as leverage key opportunities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
- Must be willing to undertake some domestic and international travel.
- Demonstrated ability to develop online and offline recruitment materials and educational content.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint; must be a skilled internet researcher.
- Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork and Service.