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Senior Advisor, Policy Advocacy

Location:
International - USA
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.

Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.
Focus of the Role:

We're accelerating our momentum in the US by putting robust policy debates at the heart of everything we do. The “Senior Adviser- Policy Advocacy” is a new role, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to build the U.S. profile of the Institute. Working with colleagues, you will raise awareness and understanding of the Institute’s work, informing policy and contributing to the development of our strategy in the run up to the next general election and beyond. It will need an active approach to relationship building and identifying opportunities for the Institute to engage.

Duties and responsibilities:

Policy impact

  • Horizon scan for upcoming policy developments and activities and maintain a public affairs schedule
  • Identify opportunities, draft and coordinate responses to (government, legislative) policy-making consultations
  • Write or edit submissions to policy-making consultations
  • Provide internal forecasts of the likely effect of public policy changes on areas of TBI interest
  • Ensure TBI participation in legislative hearings, draft comments on federal rulemaking proposals, studies and analyses. 

Stakeholder engagement

  • Design and deliver TBI’s engagement strategy that begins at the federal level and branches out into key States
  • Help develop and maintain senior level contacts in the government (federal and State), legislature, think tanks, media and other stakeholders
  • Establish regular contact with politicians, political advisers, civil servants, non-departmental public bodies or regulators to keep them informed about the organisation’s work and policy concerns
  • Communicate the Institute’s positions on relevant issues to government agencies, interest groups, and elected officials. 
  • Specifically, identify and develop relationships with all legislative committees relevant to TBI

Public affairs

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Strategic Communications to develop communications strategies that will broaden policy reach and deepen impact
  • Identify significant media and public policy opportunities that can be leveraged to support TBI’s work, and create and implement plans to deliver them
  • Keep abreast of important media stories on a daily basis
  • Draft press releases and build relationships with media contacts

Internal

  • Administratively oversee TBI’s current U.S. staff, coordinate the organisation’s overall U.S. footprint
  • Provide written or oral briefings for senior staff members and advise them on contact with decision-makers
  • Carry out any other duties and projects appropriate to the post as required by the Executive Director
  • Manage external consultants, as needed
  • Attend fundraisers
What We Look For in Our People:
  • Seven to nine years as a committee staffer, legislative director or other relevant experience.
  • Current portfolio of key relationships.
  • Track record of scheduling and leading legislative and agency meetings
  • Proven ability to work independently; review and develop a position on issues involving some level of legal or regulatory complexity. 
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Significant communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations
  • A strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive environment
  • Ability to coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons
  • Experience managing teams
  • Strong collaborative, teaming and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced degree preferred

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