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Program Associate for Legislative Affairs and Outreach

Location:Baltimore, MD
Salary Range:Grade 23
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Benefits:An excellent benefit package is offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:International Programs
Description:The Program Associate for Legislative Affairs and Outreach will focus on Congressional and other forms of outreach, legislative analysis and cooperation with peers around shared legislative priorities. It is expected that the person in this position will strategically increase Lutheran World Relief's (LWR) visibility and grow its relationships with policymakers and others. Specific legislative priorities will include a focus on bilateral and multilateral anti-malaria programming as well as policy issues related to agricultural livelihoods and the intersection of health and agriculture. This is a fixed term 12 month position.
Duties: 
  1. Ensure regular and consistent agency visibility and relationship building in Washington, DC through outreach efforts towards the U.S. Congress focused on health, agriculture and emergencies.
  2. Organize visits from LWR program staff and partners to contribute to strategic policy discussions, events and programs in Washington, DC. Identify important key events and increase visibility of agency, its programs and its leadership at them. Support communications and outreach initiatives focused on USG and peer audiences
  3. Monitor multilateral and USG global health (especially malaria) priorities, analyze emerging issues, donor priorities and funding trends; serve as key internal resource for policy-level information and analysis around donor priorities related to focus areas.
  4. Prepare written summaries of key meetings and events and disseminate among agency staff as needed. Prepare reports on trends, opportunities and challenges related to emerging issues.
  5. Actively participate in and strengthen relationships with strategically relevant coalitions and working groups.
  6. Attend internal International Programs Department (IPD) meetings and participate in organizational initiatives on behalf of IPD as appropriate.
  7. Possible international travel to learn about LWR field programs and priorities, to bring influential individuals to visit LWR field programs and/or to increase capacity of LWR field staff in strategic ways.
  8. Support New Business Development (NBD) and IPD Regional Units in their positioning efforts and with relevant donor outreach and cultivation strategies. At the request of NBD, serve on review teams or otherwise contribute to agency proposal development related to focus area.
  9. As requested, provide support to External Relations departments or President's Office personnel engaged in Washington, DC outreach or cultivation of relationships where policy information or expertise could be useful to them.
Qualifications: 
  1. Deep commitment to LWR's mission, vision and core values and ability to model these values in relationships with colleagues and partners
  2. Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  3. At least 2 years of policy analysis, government relations and/or  international relief and development work experience (graduate degree may help fulfill experience requirement)
  4. Ability to travel within the United States and globally, approximately 10% annually
  5. A strong understanding of global health, agriculture development and/or humanitarian policy issues as related to developing countries and communities
  6. Experience with policy analysis and issue advocacy on behalf of international relief and development agencies and/or prior work experience with a government agency, multilateral institution or equivalent engaged in the field of international relief and development
  7. Experience working in coalitions, forming new partnerships and building relationships in complex environments
  8. Experience living and/or working in developing countries, preferered
  9. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  10. Willingness to split time between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC on a regular basis
  11. French or Spanish language desired but not required
  12. Strong orientation towards teamwork
  13. Familiarity with Lutheran Church structures and/or church member motivations and sensitivities, preferred
  14. Creativity, imagination, problem-solving skills, and the ability to adjust direction and strategies


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