Policy Director

Position Summary:

The National LGBTQ Task Force is hiring a full-time Policy Director, who will serve as a member of the Leadership Team and lead the development and implementation of the organization’s federal policy agenda. Our Policy Director will also be responsible for leading our regulatory policy agenda, including managing our work in the cross-movement regulatory policy coalition “FedWatch,” creating action opportunities for people who participate in our Community Empowerment trainings, and writing substantive comments on regulations that are part of our core policy agenda.  In addition, the Policy Director is responsible for management of the department’s budget, enhancing fundraising for the department, and mentoring, supervising, and evaluating department staff.

Home Office Location: Washington, DC (currently teleworking)

Department: Advocacy and Action

Reports To: Director of Advocacy and Action

Supervises: Policy Team: Sr. Legislative Manager, Sr. Policy Counsel, Policy Counsel

Primary Responsibilities:

To succeed as Policy Director, we have identified four primary areas of responsibility – grouped into Campaigns, Communications, Fundraising, and Management.


  • Develop policy campaigns. Develop and direct the Task Force’s federal public policy agenda. Lead the policy team to identify and prioritize proactive policy positions based on impact on marginalized communities within the LGBTQ population, gaps in existing advocacy, and opportunities for collaboration with partners.
  • Monitor and Analyze. Monitor and analyze activity in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, including legislative and regulatory activities related to the Task Force’s mission and vision.
  • Execute your plans. Manage your time and the workload of your team to achieve short-term results while keeping your eye on the long-term goal.
  • Build relationships. The Task Force is invested in building movements while creating change. Bring marginalized voices to the table while leveraging the collective power of our colleague organizations to achieve our vision and support or programs and campaigns.
  • Evaluate. Analyze your strategies to assess whether what you planned is working and to report out on the impact of your work.


  • Write. Create op-eds, talking points, e-blasts, fact sheets, etc. to help bring the people into the public commenting and regulatory policy process.
  • Speak. Use your voice to demystify regulatory policy for media, social media, decision-makers, and more.
  • Teach.  Facilitate meetings and train advocates to help build a bigger team to achieve Task Force regulatory policy goals.
  • Center our values. We believe that regulations will only work for LGBTQ people if it works for LGBTQ people of color, low-income LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ people with disabilities.  You bring an intersectional analysis to everything you do.

Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Fundraising. In partnership with our development staff, build support for the Task Force’s regulatory policy work among individual and institutional funders, balancing long-term vision with short-term metrics for assessing success.
  • Build relationships. Identify individual and institutional funders that are aligned with the Task Force’s vision for policy change and partner with our development staff in building relationships with those donors.


  • Mentor and Develop. Provide mentorship, supervision, and evaluation for members of the policy team supervised by this position.
  • Create clear roles and responsibilities. Lead policy team members in goal and objective setting aligned to our strategic plan and annual departmental priorities. Lead monitoring and evaluation of policy team activities to ensure timely development and evaluation of action plans with clearly demonstrable outcomes.
  • Recruitment and onboarding. Lead and manage the recruitment, coaching, development, and retention of policy fellows and interns.
  • Budget. With support from the Director of Advocacy and Action, assist in developing the annual budget for the policy team’s work, and manage the policy team budget.
  • Other Duties as Assigned. As part of your work at the Task Force, you will be asked to participate in fundraising, including participating in special events and conferences. Design and produce promotional materials.  Attend and deliver addresses at public speaking engagement to raise awareness of the organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.


In this role, strategic thinking, strong writing skills, and organization are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is mandatory.

A qualified candidate should have:

  • 7+ years of federal policy work experience.  Demonstrated experience in working in the Washington, DC advocacy community, including with federal agency staff, progressive national organizations, and mobilizing constituencies to affect policy change. Specific experience in LGBTQ and related policy and regulatory matters desired.
  • Experience in supervising staff. This position supervises the policy staff and should have demonstrated experience in managing staff.
  • Relationships. Candidates must be well-respected by federal policy staff, coalition partners, and organizational colleagues.
  • Strong writing skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role. You will be asked to draft campaign and program materials, edit others, and communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop campaign assets.
  • Exceptional communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate with the staff you are working with within the organization as well as external partners, consultants, and media is paramount; especially in fast-faced moments, you’ll need to be on message, clear and ask for clarity in return.
  • A deep LGBTQ justice analysis. Understanding how LGBTQ identity impacts a person’s lived experience will help you be a more effective strategist.
  • Collaboration. Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Work in Diverse Environments. Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in an organization committed to racial equity and in a diverse environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is a core value.
  • Top-notch organization skills. If the books on your bookshelf are in alphabetical order, your notes utilize colors with specific meanings, and you find long to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you! There is a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks. Meeting quick deadlines is key.
  • Leadership skills. Skills in developing talent, training, coaching, planning, delegation, and accountability will be important to development in the management part of this position.


Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental, and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications, experience relevant to these responsibilities, and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. We also ask that you submit to writing samples for this position.  If possible, please submit the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted via email for this position at hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Policy Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Posted 10/6/2020