Director of Policy and Programs

Company: US SIF The Forum for Sustanable and Responsible Investment

Location: Washington, DC

Job Function: Project Management


Background

ABOUT US SIF

US SIF is the leading voice advancing sustainable investing across all asset classes and has been the field’s leading public policy organization for more than a decade. US SIF’s mission is to rapidly shift investment practices towards sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and generating positive social and environmental impacts. We work with more than 200 members and multiple colleague organizations and other stakeholders.

We are a small team, aiming high and accomplishing much. We are passionate about sustainable investment and about creating a more sustainable private sector. Learn more at www.ussif.org.

Summary

The Director of Policy and Programs leads US SIF’s federal policy work. This includes advancing the perspectives of the sustainable investment field at federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Labor, as well as in the US House and Senate and with White House staff. It also includes responding to proposals and legislation on behalf of US SIF and educating US SIF members about such proposals and legislation. Among US SIF’s central policy issues are corporate ESG disclosure, fund and advisor regulations, climate change, shareholder rights, sustainable investment retirement options for federal employees and private-sector retirement plans and creating a White House Office of Sustainable Finance and Business. Our policy document, Toward a Just and Sustainable Economy, forms the core of our current policy work.

The Director of Policy and Programs also executes US SIF’s programmatic activities, including managing Capitol Hill Day and other programs for members, including webinars. This role manages the member Policy Committee and Member Programming Committee and supervises our programs and policy assistant. Over time, the person in this position will become one of US SIF’s key media spokespeople.

The current policy environment—here and abroad—is robust for sustainable investors with multiple large-scale proposals that can influence the field for decades. This job allows the right person to be in the center of this action.

The Director of Policy and Programs reports to the Managing Director and works closely with members of US SIF. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC and offers many opportunities for creativity and professional growth. Currently, staff are in the office three times each week.

Responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Public Policy
  • Lead policy and advocacy team in coordination with the Managing Director, including regular engagement with Congressional offices, the SEC and other federal agencies.
  • Monitor and act on policy issues of concern to US SIF, including written and oral communications with Capitol Hill and regulatory staff, writing comment letters and background memos and other tasks that advance or respond to issues.
  • Keep US SIF members apprised of policy priorities and coordinate member engagement in public comment periods, sign-on letters and other advocacy activities, including creating member toolkits and sample letters.
  • Oversee and manage the work of the Policy Committee to ensure maximum effectiveness of committee work, including preparing recommendations on US SIF policy priorities and positions and working in partnership with US SIF CEO and Managing Director to recruit members to the Committee.
  • Coordinate policy activities across a diverse set of NGO partner organizations and take part in regular coalition work.
  • Organize and oversee US SIF’s Member Day on Capitol Hill.
Programs and Events
  • Lead and manage the Member Programming Committee, which includes developing content for and scheduling webinars and in-person events.
  • Work closely with Managing Director to assist with content for the annual US SIF conference, particularly on policy topics.
Management and Organizational Development
  • Assist in developing policy and programs portions of the annual budget and operating
  • Prepare Board memos related to policy and programs; participate in board
  • Write relevant portions of the annual report and edit other organizational documents.
  • Other duties as needed.

Requirements

The Director of Policy and Programs will have significant policy experience, including analyzing and responding to regulatory and legislative policy proposals, and expertise in sustainable investment or a related field. The Director will have a background in writing policy proposals and be skilled at creating and managing relationships with various policymakers. The candidate should also have experience working collaboratively on policy initiatives and have a deep understanding of how networks and coalitions can be most effectively utilized to obtain positive policy outcomes. The ideal candidate is also an excellent writer and oral communicator.

We are also looking for an experienced manager/leader who can lead initiatives, manage direct reports and consultants, and work collaboratively with other staff, board members, and members. Strategic thinking and the ability to pivot quickly to emerging opportunities and priorities in a dynamic policy environment are other attributes we welcome.

  • Law degree preferred or extensive experience responding to regulatory proposals. Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Knowledge of sustainable investing and commitment to advancing the
  • Minimum eight years’ experience leading public policy initiatives and managing projects.
  • Experience with the media and ability to gracefully handle communications with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Fast learner who can quickly ascertain key components of policy issues and communicate them effectively.
  • Experience in educating and engaging constituents in public policy work.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated, with the ability to manage multiple demands.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to network effectively. Collegial attitude and ability to work well with a team.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit and interest in organizational development and
  • Sense of humor and a positive attitude.

Compensation and Benefits

BENEFITS:
§  Paid vacation and sick leave

§  11 holidays and two personal days

§  401k plan with up to 5% employer match

§  Employer-subsidized health and dental insurance

§  FSAs and Dependent Care Spending accounts available

§  Employer-paid long-term and short-term disability

§  Employer-paid life insurance

§  Commuter benefit program for employees

How to Apply

Please send a letter of application, resume, and a short writing sample (2-5 pages) to: info@ussif.org. Use the subject line “Director of Policy and Programs.” No phone calls, please! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

                                                            Deadline: August 12, 2022

US SIF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.