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Director, Public Policy (Washington, D.C.)

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Basic Function

Basic Function 


Based in the Washington, DC office, the Director, Public Policy is responsible for developing, directing, and implementing Susan G. Komen’s (SGK) legislative, regulatory, and advocacy activities.  


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Works closely with Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Programs and Komen Leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to advance Komen’s federal and state legislative priorities and regulatory priorities, as determined by Komen’s annual issue vetting process. 
    • Oversees state and federal grassroots advocacy initiatives critical to the success of the Susan G. Komen public policy priorities.  Responsible for online advocacy strategy to inform and build grassroots base. 
    • Plans and implements Komen advocacy-related events, including lobby day, Global Race for the Cure State of Pink, Honoring the Promise, Affiliate Leadership Conference and others.  
    • Oversees advocacy support (e.g., training sessions, toolkits, etc.) provided to the Susan G. Komen Affiliate Network, and works in collaboration with Affiliate Network leadership to develop best practices and resources to support Affiliates in their advocacy efforts. 
    • Oversees the development of policy positions and supporting documentation related to key issues, including white papers, position papers, formal comment letters, testimony, talking points, articles, etc. 
    • Oversees timely, accurate compliance with all legal and financial reporting requirements.  Creates and manages project databases and other tracking tools as needed. 
  • Develops and manages a variety of productive relationships that are vital to effectively implement Komen’s advocacy initiatives and serves as organizational representative for both internal and external audiences.   
    • Serves as the senior point of contact for Komen’s Public Policy Advisory Council.  
      • Convenes meetings and teleconferences, as needed.  Develops agendas and oversees the scheduling, coordination of all logistics, preparation of comprehensive meeting minutes and reports, etc. 
      • Leads the team who responds quickly, efficiently and professionally to inquiries from PPAC members, as well as Komen staff. 
    • Develops and manages productive relationships with members of Congress and their staff, the White House, key agencies and other policymakers.   
      • Identifies opportunities and builds relationships with Congressional Caucuses and Coalitions, such as the Congressional Black Caucus and Cancer Caucus/Cancer Coalition, as appropriate. 
    • Serves as Komen representative to coalition partners and coordinates advocacy and policy efforts; works to identify and build relationships with additional strategic partners.   
    • Contributes to the overall development and management of Komen’s relationships with other breast cancer advocacy organizations. 
    • Represents Komen at relevant hearings, briefings, conferences and other external and internal events. Provides expertise through working groups, task forces, speaking engagements, representation to Affiliates, liaison to other departments, and serves as content expert as needed.   
    • Keeps current and is knowledgeable of other breast cancer advocacy (or related) organizations activities, issues important to the breast cancer community, recent policy/regulatory developments and advances relevant to breast cancer, and community/stakeholder perspectives. Identifies emerging issues and potential opportunities for collaboration, sponsorship, and policy development and/or positions. 
    • Travels on behalf of the organization for external representation, and in a regular manner as appropriate to attend HQ required events or fulfill management responsibilities.   
  • Researches, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates emerging issues, legislation and regulation that may have an impact on Komen and makes evidence-based recommendations for Komen involvement and/or positions.  
  • Contributes to the communication of Komen’s mission investment by working across departments to track and evaluate outcomes and advocacy successes and develop and implement strategies and novel approaches for illustrating the impact of Komen's mission investments.  
  • Manages policy communications, including traditional, online and social media in coordination with other Komen departments.  
  • Tracks and evaluates Komen’s advocacy initiatives to measure impact and ensure effective utilization of organizational resources, including staff and Affiliate time. 
  • Assesses and interprets key advocacy accomplishments and outcomes for various audiences. Develops content that highlights Komen advocacy and its successes.  
  • Produces reports and presentations on assigned programs and initiatives, as needed.   
  • Ensures that Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisors, Scientific Advisory Board, Komen Scholars, PPAC, senior leadership and other staff/departments, as appropriate, are apprised of accomplishments, issues, emerging trends, etc., related to Komen’s Public Policy work.  
    • Maintains comprehensive website information and coordinates with appropriate Komen staff to refresh and update content.   
    • Creates and manages project databases as needed. 
  • Oversees day-to-day operations of the Public Policy department and ensures adherence to timelines and budgets.  Identifies needs for best practices. Defines and develops processes and policies to achieve defined goals. 
  • Upholds Komen’s principles of excellence, fairness and transparency in all work relevant to public policy/advocacy programs. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


Management Responsibility 

The Director, Public Policy will manage the following:  



Grassroots Advocacy Manager                     ·   Consults and coaches Affiliates on capacity building for advocacy and grassroots mobilizing. 


Public Policy Coordinator                               ·   Provides logistical support to the Public Policy  



Position Qualifications


Describe minimum (type and amount) of experience required for competent performance in the job. 


Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of seven years of experience serving as a senior staff member for a member of Congress or in the executive branch, or in government relations.  Demonstrated success in achieving policy outcomes and in developing / cultivating relationships with key policy makers and staff.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills, especially the ability to explain and discuss technical policy issues in clear and concise terms. Ability to think quickly, critically and strategically. Excellent and instinctive service and customer relationship skills. Excellent organizational and contract and project management skills Must work effectively independently and as part of a team.   






Describe preferred (type and amount) of experience for competent performance in the job. 


Strongly prefer candidates with a relevant Masters or Law degree, health care policy background, and existing relationships with Members of Congress and their staff. Experience in grassroots organizing (may be political issues or campaigns) and/or experience in non-profit environment is a plus.  


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