FosterThomas, Inc. is a leading HR Consulting and Talent Acquisition Firm. We are currently conducting the search for a Legislative Director for Middle East Policy for our client, The Friends Committee on National Legislation, based in Washington, DC.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) seeks an experienced lobbyist for the position of Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. The Legislative Director will lead our Congressional advocacy to achieve a more peaceful, just, ethical and effective U.S. policy in the Middle East. She or he will join our team of lobbyists who develop and lead strategies to advance our legislative priorities in Congress and with the administration.
We’re looking for someone who shares our Quaker community’s fierce commitment to a world free of war and the threat of war and is passionate about defending human rights and the rule of law both domestically and internationally. The Legislative Director must also have a clear-eyed understanding of what is possible with Congress and the administration, a demonstrated ability to focus and achieve legislative success and an ability to work collegially with a large, faith-based advocacy community around the country.
FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better, playing a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on racial and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and election integrity.
FCNL’s lobbyists build extensive connections with congressional offices and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following current priorities: peacebuilding, human rights, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, curtailing endless war, cutting Pentagon spending, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, gun control, solutions to climate change, economic justice and Native American issues. FCNL and Friends approach each of these priorities by identifying, exposing and working to eliminate institutional racism, sexism, and militarism in order to promote genuine equality of opportunity and communities in which everyone can safely live, learn, work, worship and love.
FCNL’s dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both in Washington at two major lobbying events each year, and in local district offices. FCNL informs and educates its network through newsletters and collateral materials and activates its grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach.
FCNL’s national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. The organization is dedicated to growing the network with a particular emphasis on building effective relationships as a path to policy change. In the past three years, FCNL increased the number of in-person visits from its constituents to legislators by 50%. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of about 50, including 20 registered lobbyists.
FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout its 75-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Its strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through its growing and vibrant network of activists.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy is the lead FCNL lobbyist for specific, achievable steps that Congress can take to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, prevent a U.S. war with Iran, remove U.S. forces from Iraq and Syria, promote a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, protect human rights throughout the Middle East, and promote inclusive, diplomatic solutions to help stabilize the region.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy will spend the bulk of his or her time on Capitol Hill, working with members of Congress and their staff members on strategies to achieve a more peaceful, ethical and effective U.S. approach toward the Middle East. The director will also help to mobilize FCNL’s constituents around the country to advocate on these issues in their districts.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy is a vital member of FCNL’s legislative team, reporting to the Legislative Director for Foreign Policy. She or he will also work closely with the Strategic Advocacy team to develop focused campaigns in the states of senators and districts of representatives who are key decision-makers on war powers and human rights priorities.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
Experience and Attributes
Salary: Depending on experience.
Work Week: This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5-hour work week, with some travel. Because of the focus on Congress, we expect this individual to work out of our Washington, DC office. Some compensatory time will balance evening and weekend work and travel.
Benefits: Health insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; retirement plan.
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