Advocacy Associate

Location: Washington, DC - US
Job Code: 968
# of Openings: 1


About Freedom House:

Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists.  We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.  With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

About position:

This is an entry-level position on the Advocacy & Communications team reporting directly to the Director of Advocacy.  We are seeking a motivated, upbeat, and creative professional who shares our passion for championing democracy at home and abroad. You will join our small, friendly, hardworking, team, as we implement US-focused advocacy campaigns to boost US government support for global democracy and human rights.

Some duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist with creation, execution, monitoring, and evaluation of annual advocacy plans.
  • Assist with creation of related advocacy materials, including semi-monthly newsletter, handouts, and text for social media.
  • Assist with developing policy recommendations based on annual report findings.
  • Assist in fielding requests from government officials and expanding network of US government contacts.
  • Coordinate and execute meetings for Freedom House staff and visiting activists with government officials and partner and peer organizations.
  • Assist with planning and execution of public and private events.
  • Weekly tracking of advocacy contacts.
  • Weekly tracking of congressional hearings and legislation.
  • Assist with tracking federal budget and appropriations process.
  • Monthly processing of financial paperwork, including credit card reconciliation and occasional payment requests.
  • Other related duties and administrative tasks, as assigned.

Skills, competencies, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, communications, marketing, or related field.
  • 1-2 years working for the US government (congressional experience preferred) or in an advocacy or lobbying role.
  • Passion for building bipartisan support around global democracy and human rights issues.
  • Upbeat, motivated, self-starter with ability to work both independently and in teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in English, both verbally and in writing, applying superb attention to detail and consistently producing timely and error free work.
  • Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines - planning, organizing, and prioritizing projects, managing time and expectations, and exhibiting sound judgment in escalating issues that may arise.
  • Ability to build coalitions and to collaborate with colleagues, partners, and peers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and political perspectives.
  • Superb professionalism and ability to maintain confidentiality, especially in direct communication with elected officials and staff.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and Adobe products.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce customer relationship management platform - preferred but not required.

Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

Additional Information

Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.

Physical Requirements: Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time. Constantly talk, hear, and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over; reach overhead; use hands, wrists, and fingers to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.

General Working Conditions: General working office environment. Some long hours, including evenings and/or weekends as reasonable, to complete essential tasks or attend important events. Travel to event and meeting sites. Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend meetings and events.

Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. Read more about the application process and search answers to common questions here. Freedom House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and professional development.

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