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Director, Policy

Washington DC

NCRC’s Policy and Government Affairs Department is responsible for developing federal policies and executing advocacy campaigns that champion fairness in banking, housing and business; building strategic alliances with engaged and influential local, state and national advocacy partners and stakeholders; and working with the Director of Government Affairs to strengthen relationships with key federal, state, and local policymaking officials.

The Policy Director leads its federal policy and advocacy strategy and advance critical economic and racial equity policies at the federal level.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Critical functions that the individual who holds or desires the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop, direct and implement NCRC’s federal regulatory and public policy activities, including participating with NCRC leadership in determining advocacy priorities, positions, and strategies.
  • Research, track, monitor, and report on regulatory issues related to NCRC policy goals; coordinate with other departments on how parallel actions may impact policy goals.
  • Work with the Director of Government Affairs to prepare testimony for committees, panels, hearings, and briefings.
  • Draft regulatory comment letters, policy position briefs and policy statements.

Management & Administration:

Supervision of NCRC Policy Staff:
  • Supervise up to three policy staff
  • Deftly and effectively project manage to achieve results.
  • Serve as a mentor for junior staff and find opportunities for professional growth and development.
Budget, Fundraising, and Development:
  • Manage department budget in cooperation with CMP.
  • Work with NCRC leadership to design and develop an appropriate staffing and organizational plan to support policy and advocacy priorities.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Functions that do not fundamentally alter the position.

Related work duties as assigned by the CMP.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, certifications, skills, etc. the individual who holds or desires the position must have to perform the essential functions of the position.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute national-level, high-impact advocacy campaign strategies;
  • Experience working in/with coalitions and maintaining strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests.
  • Ability to develop, engage, and leverage a strong network of individual and organizational advocates
  • Demonstrated skill with federal or state policymaking systems and processes
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Creativity and rigor in solving complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Personal Qualities:

  • Collaborative and team oriented, yet also a self-starter able work independently to drive change
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Intellectually curious—a problem solver who enjoys working with colleagues to find solutions to challenging problems.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy or a related field
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Successful track record in policy development and advocacy; working in federal or state legislative offices on public policy issues preferred.


Communication: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Includes activities in which incumbent must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately or quickly.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to discern the differences in sound.

Repetitive motion: Substantial movements of the wrists, hands and/or fingers to operate office machinery (computer, phone, copier, etc.)

Sedentary work: Negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Work involves remaining stationary most of the time. (50% or more)

Visual Acuity: Close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer screen and extensive reading.

The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Nothing in this job posting restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Posted June 11, 2019

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