About the Position
The Policy Director will be responsible for leading the America Forward Coalition’s education, workforce, human services, and other related collective advocacy work, from idea generation, to collective platform development, to advocacy execution. The Policy Director will also work closely with New Profit’s related focus funds and assist in building the policy capacity of our portfolio and Coalition organizations. An exceptional communicator, strong writer, and a creative and analytical thinker, the Policy Director will synthesize complex ideas, build consensus, and actively engage multiple audiences and stakeholders, including policymakers, social entrepreneurs, business, academia, and philanthropy in shaping strategic new policy proposals and initiatives on behalf of America Forward. The Policy Director will participate actively in external engagement opportunities and speak and write on the Coalition’s policy priorities on behalf of America Forward. Based in DC, the Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director of America Forward and work closely with internal and external policy, legislative, and communications experts and play a vital role in ensuring America Forward achieves its ambitious goals.
About America Forward and New Profit
America Forward is a nonpartisan policy initiative of New Profit, a pioneering national venture philanthropy fund that seeks to break down barriers between all people and opportunity in America. To date, New Profit has invested over $150 million in scaling innovative organizations' impact.
America Forward's mission is to unite social innovators with policymakers and advance a public policy agenda that fosters innovation, rewards results, catalyzes cross-sector partnerships, and translates local impact into national change.
We lead a Coalition of more than 70 social innovation organizations that champion innovative, effective, and efficient solutions to our country's most pressing social problems. Our Coalition members are achieving measurable outcomes in more than 14,500 communities nationwide, touching the lives of 8 million Americans each year, and driving progress in education, workforce development, early learning, poverty alleviation, public health, pay for success, social innovation, national service, and criminal justice reform.
Since 2007, America Forward's community of innovators has played a leading role in driving the national dialogue on social innovation and advocating for lasting policy change. America Forward played a critical role in the creation of a federal tiered-evidence fund aimed at scaling high-impact organizations and significantly leveraging federal dollars; our community influenced the creation of the White House Office of Social Innovation; and we have successfully advocated for the inclusion of provisions focused on outcomes in landmark federal education and workforce legislation. Together, we have leveraged $1.5 billion for social innovation and have driven millions of federal resources toward programs that are achieving measurable results for those who need them most.
America Forward believes that our nation's social innovators can lead the way to unlocking America's potential -- and help move all of America forward.
In addition to leading public policy efforts that focus on outcomes and more efficient use of resources, New Profit also invests in visionary leaders to help them scale high-impact solutions, and builds community and public dialogue around bold new approaches to social change through our Focus Fund model and Field Leadership efforts.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter addressed to Alena Guerra.
As an equal opportunity employer, New Profit recognizes the power of a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Please indicate in your application if you are a national service alumni.