POLICY DIRECTOR

About the CPC Center

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center supports policy, research and messaging for progressive reforms.  With the progressive movement on the rise and the Congressional Progressive Caucus growing in strength to more than 90 members, the Center sees an opportunity for major expansion. Now the Center is seeking a Policy Director to move a bold progressive policy agenda forward.  

Position Description

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center seeks a Policy Director to manage and advance the CPC Center’s policy agenda, as well as liaise with think tanks and Congressional staff. The Policy Director will provide timely analysis of emerging legislation, offering bill summaries and working with the communications team to develop messaging and talking points. This position will also recruit, train, and manage a diverse cadre of policy analysts through the Legislative Fellows Program and coordinate a Policy Advisory Council. The Policy Director will work with the broader progressive community to drive a progressive policy agenda.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Reports to Executive Director and serves as part of the senior leadership team.

  • Supervises a staff of five to six Legislative Fellows who are located in Member offices.

  • Develops and implements a strategic plan to advance key CPC policy priorities, working in conjunction with the legislative team and the Policy Council.

  • Responsible for drafting and overseeing policy development, research, tracking, analysis, and messaging, including briefing materials, talking points, fact sheets and bill summaries.

  • Educates CPC Members about priority policy areas, developing and maintaining strong relationships with CPC Members and staff.

  • Coordinates a Policy Advisory Council of thought partners including progressive organizations, unions, and grassroots groups.

  • Serves as a bridge between existing policy organizations, think tanks and unions and CPC Members and staff.

  • Provides rapid-response strategy and materials, including timely opinions on key issues.

  • Serves as a policy generalist, maintaining a current working knowledge of the key policy priorities of the CPC and the progressive movement more generally.

  • Supports the scheduling, design and development of meetings, lobby days, briefings, town halls, and other convenings to advance coalition building and collaboration.

  • Works in partnership with the Communications Director to finalize all Center written work product.

  • Works in partnership with the Communications Director and Organizing Director to plan key events, including the Annual Summit.

  • Works in partnership with the Organizing Director to develop strategy for engaging national stakeholders and in-district organizations in policy advocacy and lobbying.

  • Provides assistance to the Development Director, as needed, to seek funding for the Center’s programmatic work.

  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required. A J.D. or advanced degree in public policy is preferred.

  • A minimum of 6 to 8 years of relevant experience, including experience working in a legislative capacity in a congressional office, for a House Committee, and/or in the advocacy community.

  • Experience drafting, advancing, and analyzing legislation, monitoring legislative developments, conducting research, and drafting policy recommendations.

  • Strong and proven track record of alliance and coalition building and the ability to lead policy campaigns.

  • Strong background in working with grassroots, community-based organizations and skill and expertise in facilitation and strategy development.

  • Strong working knowledge of the rules, procedures and processes in the United States House of Representatives.

  • Strong background managing staff, including a proven ability to impart policy, strategy and analysis skills to junior staff.

  • Strong verbal communications skills.

  • Strong writing skills with excellent grammar; the ability to produce high-quality written materials quickly and meet deadlines in a rapidly changing environment.

  • A demonstrated commitment to and strong working knowledge of the progressive movement, including strong relationships within the progressive community.

  • Collaborative work style.

Salary Range

$90,000 to $120,000

Benefits

The Policy Director will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, and fully paid long-term disability.

Commitment to Diversity

The CPC Center is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

To Apply

Please send the following materials in a single PDF to jobs@progressivecaucuscenter.org with “Policy Director” in the subject line.

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this work and any related experience.

  • Your resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee.