Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Deputy Director—Washington, D.C.
We are seeking a dynamic leader to spearhead our work to win investments in children to help them thrive by leading the state policy efforts implemented from the Washington, DC headquarters, work with the national team to recruit and engage members and assist the National Director with management of the national team.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (FCIK) is a nonprofit advocacy organization of nearly 5,000 law enforcement leaders and victims of violence from across the country who know that the key to preventing crime is investing in programs proven to start kids on the right track and keep them there. Priority issues include early childhood care and education, voluntary parent coaching, effective programs both during and after school, interventions for troubled youth, and other investments proven by evidence-based research to improve outcomes for at-risk children. Over the past 18 years, we have played a significant role in helping to expand federal and state investments in kids. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a project of the Council for a Strong America.
The Deputy Director, reporting to the National Director, will serve as an integral part of a five-person national team, working with FCIK members in the 40 DC-staffed states. The Deputy will work closely with the National Director to craft and coordinate implementation of the state policy annual strategic plan for DC-staffed states. The national FCIK team focuses on efforts to influence public policy at the federal and state levels across 40 states, and collaborates with the in-house Communications, Research and Federal Policy teams to accomplish the organizational goals. The team also coordinates with the FCIK ten state offices. The Deputy Director will be tasked with managing a state policy portfolio, as well as supervising junior team member’s execution of their state policy portfolios, and will serve as Acting National Director when the National Director is on assignment.
While the Deputy may be called on to assist with periodic federal policy efforts, they will serve as the team-lead on state policy and will be expected to represent the organization and accompany members to certain state policy-maker meetings. This role will also require collaboration with state allies in several states to determine policy opportunities, and coordination regarding effective timing, targets and tactics. The Deputy Director will also engage in developing state advocacy materials, and managing state advocacy campaigns.
In addition, the Deputy Director’s day-to-day activities shall include:
- Organizing press conferences to meet state policy objectives
- Pitching opportunities (written and verbal) to members to submit earned media placements, sign letters of support, meet with state policy makers, etc.
- Drafting letters to policy-makers, talking points for policy-maker meetings and other tactical policy/budget documents
- Planning for participation in national, regional and state conferences including exhibition booths
- Planning and execution of hosted events such as member receptions, hospitality suites and luncheons
- Developing written and oral presentations with visual aids
- Recruiting and engaging members with various organizational tools including phone calls, emails, faxes, electronic newsletters and mass-mailings
The Deputy Director will perform in-person member recruitment and engagement in three distinct ways:
- State recruitment trips with pre-planned meetings to have one-on-one interaction with members and non-members
- Represent the organization at state and regional law enforcement conferences across the country
- Join team members and the National Director to represent the organization at national law enforcement and crime victim conferences across the country
The Deputy Director will also be expected to represent the organization at various press conferences and media events around the country.
- Ideal candidates will have a college degree (advanced degree is a plus)
- Minimum of 5 years paid, professional experience in advocacy, public policy, and/or campaigns
- Detail-oriented and well organized is a must
- Ability to work well in a high-pressure environment is essential
- Strategic thinker and strong problem-solver
- Successful track record of organizing/mobilizing around one or more issues
- Prior state policy advocacy experience/understanding of the federal legislative process
- At least 4 years of supervisory experience
- Energetic with excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills (including a track record of making compelling presentations in varied settings ranging from one-on-one to a 100- plus person group)
- Willingness to travel approximately 5-10 days per month
- Commitment to making sure all kids get a good start in life
Pluses: Familiarity with policies affecting children and youth, familiarity with the law enforcement and/or crime victim communities, and experience working in a membership-oriented organization.
Salary: commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.
To Apply: Please send completed questionnaire, resume and cover letter to:
Deputy Director Search
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
1212 New York Ave, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an equal opportunity employer that understands the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture. No phone inquiries, please
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