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Senior Director - US Government Relations

ONE Campaign

Washington, DC, 20004
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ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than eight million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality. Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight AIDS and other preventable, treatable diseases in the poorest places on the planet. We empower small-holder farmers, expand access to energy, and combat corruption to ensure governments are accountable to their citizens. Cofounded by Bono, ONE is strictly nonpartisan funded by individual philanthropists and corporations.

ONE’s members are critical to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Washington D.C., New York, London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Ottawa and Abuja to educate and lobby governments to save and improve millions of lives.

Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment towards reaching a common goal of ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. When you work for ONE, you will receive an exceptional benefits package along with the opportunity to contribute to worldwide causes impacting those most in need.

The Senior Director, U.S. Government Relations is responsible for developing and executing comprehensive strategies for promoting and defending ONE’s positions on appropriations, global health, agriculture, energy poverty, transparency, economic development, security and other key policy issues; representing these positions directly with national government policymakers (legislative and executive branch); working closely with senior ONE leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating our advocacy campaigns with our ONE membership and the public; and leading and directing a team of government relations professionals. This role reports to the North America Executive Director and is based in our Washington, D.C. office.


  • Serve as ONE’s top lobbyist in the United States, leading efforts to directly influence policy on ONE’s issues in Congress and the Administration
  • Develop and execute strategies for advancing authorizing legislation through Congress, from conception to final passage
  • Engage directly in the appropriations process to ensure ONE’s priority accounts are appropriately funded
  • Work with the Campaigns, Digital, and Communications teams to develop and implement sophisticated advocacy strategies in support of our policy priorities
  • Establish and implement short- and long-term organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures, in collaboration with other teams, as necessary
  • Cultivate and maintain effective relationships with policy makers in the U.S. to advance ONE’s policy priorities
  • Track relevant appropriations and authorization bills and hearings, advocate on current or proposed legislation and amendments, create new legislative vehicles, gather up-to-the-minute intelligence on key issues/legislation, and keep key ONE leaders informed
  • Advise and prepare briefing materials for ONE’s global leadership and principals on U.S. policy matters
  • Represent ONE’s positions externally with other nonprofits, public interest groups and other organizations
  • Direct the activities and manage the contracts of government-relations consultants
  • Oversee a team budget and manage projects within budget guidelines
  • Liaise with other teams within the organization to advise and support ONE membership on grassroots and field strategies and actions to advance legislative priorities
  • Manage, lead, and direct the government relations team, mentoring junior staff to encourage growth
  • Participate in projects, committees and task forces as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Government, Economics, or a related field. Advanced degree a plus
  • Ten years of legislative or issue-advocacy experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, in particular with broad, diverse audiences
  • Genuine interest and passion for ONE’s issues and priorities
  • Demonstrated track record of keen interest in and understanding of U.S. legislative process
  • Strong existing relationships on Capitol Hill a huge plus
  • Team player with superior interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a number of projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Significant experience successfully leading and managing a bipartisan team with diverse skill sets; proven motivator and developer of people
  • Works well under pressure and within tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel as needed (minimal)
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times


  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrixed organization
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Collaborative mindset and strong interpersonal skills
  • Remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Well organized, detail oriented and analytical
  • Action oriented and results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful approach
  • Independent problem solver

Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

If you are ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs.

ONE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Due to the high volume of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.


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