Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Democracy for the Arab World Now ("DAWN") is seeking a highly qualified applicant for the position of Israel-Palestine Advocacy Director to develop and implement policy and advocacy strategies for the Israel-Palestine region and influence debate and discussion on U.S. foreign policy affecting the region.
DAWN's Israel-Palestine Advocacy Director will ensure the highest standards of quality and efficacy for DAWN's policy and advocacy efforts and help transform our research and analysis into concrete changes in U.S. foreign policy and improvements in human rights and democracy practices. The position reports to the Advocacy Director of DAWN and will be preferably based in Washington DC.
- Provide overarching vision and priorities for DAWN's advocacy, policies and strategies related to human rights and democracy in Israel-Palestine;
- Lead DAWN's advocacy with the U.S. government, including the executive branch and key members of Congress and their staffs on issues related to Israel-Palestine; closely track legislative and policy initiatives relating to Israel-Palestine; draft proposed legislative text, official letters, public statements, talking points, and questions related to Israel-Palestine;
- Lead DAWN's advocacy with the U.S. foreign policy community, developing policy papers, discussions, panels, and thought leadership on U.S. policy with respect to Israel-Palestine;
- Work closely with DAWN's Israel-Palestine researcher to magnify their efforts, impact and outreach; work closely with the DAWN Communications team to magnify their efforts and to identify and create opportunities to influence conditions in Israel-Palestine;
- Work with senior staff to design and implement online and offline campaigns that pressure the parties to change their policies;
- Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders, including partner organizations, and diaspora communities; draft coalition letters and other policy advocacy statements, together with organizational allies, issue experts, and diaspora voices;
- Engage regularly with press corps including editorial boards and investigative journalists; serve as a public spokesperson of the organization on Israel-Palestine issues when needed;
- Represent the organization in public events whether on panels, forums, dinners, or press conferences related to Israel-Palestine issues;
- Write, edit, and produce compelling online campaign content related to human rights issues in Israel-Palestine and, if required, human rights issues in other Middle East and North Africa countries; create email alerts, talking point memos, policy briefs, issue briefs, webpages, social media, and other online and offline materials;
- Manage potential consultants and interns; and,
- Carry out other duties as required by DAWN's Advocacy Director.
An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, social sciences, or commensurate experience is required.
A minimum six years of relevant experience, substantial knowledge of the executive and legislative branches of the US government, and experience engaging with or working for the US government required. This position requires significant human rights and democracy policy experience and expertise, and a demonstrated commitment to human rights. Substantial advocacy experience is also strongly desired.
Required Skills and Knowledge:
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and a proven track record of advocacy;
2. Experience speaking with the media and cultivating relationships with journalists;
3. Ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions to government officials, lawmakers, and the media;
- Proven track record of producing timely first-rate written materials; exceptionally strong research, analytical, writing, and editing skills;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; oral and written skills in Arabic and Hebrew desirable but not required;
- Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within DAWN, as well as with external partners;
- Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations;
- Ability to multitask effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure;
- Ability to make sound decisions consistent with role and goals of organization; and,
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically about the global and local media environments to enhance effectiveness of advocacy goals efforts.
Salary and Benefits:
DAWN seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. DAWN will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (resume) and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put "Israel-Palestine Advocacy Director Application" as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Equal Opportunity Employer
DAWN is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
DAWN is a hybrid human rights advocacy organization, think tank and journal, focused on promoting human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa World, and changing the foreign policy of the United States and the international community to further those goals. DAWN was founded by Jamal Khashoggi and works to uphold his vision for freedom, human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.