Recognize and take advantage of strategic opportunities to have AFSA’s mission and message supported by congressional decision-makers.
Design and implement an AFSA congressional advocacy strategy (w/guidance from the AFSA president and other senior leaders) .
Monitor legislation that could have a direct impact on the Foreign Service.
Review and analyze policy proposals, AFSA member priorities, reports, data sets and other relevant materials in order to formulate policy recommendations.
Support AFSA’s advocacy efforts through logistical planning and preparing substantive briefing materials for meetings with Pearson Fellows, policymakers and other stakeholders.
Recruit members to participate in the Foreign Service Champions speaker series.
Recruit members to write for The Foreign Service Journal.
Develop written materials on legislative issues, such as testimony, issue briefs, policy memos, etc.
Respond to relevant policy inquiries from policymakers, legislative staff, AFSA members and others.
Confer with other AFSA departments on various policy positions as needed.
Present findings and recommendations through written and oral communications to high level audiences including but not limited to the AFSA Governing Board, senior leadership and other stakeholders, such as the Ambassadorial Advisory Council.
Deep congressional experience
Solid bipartisan congressional network
Experience with USG budget process
Demonstrable experience facilitating meetings (large group and small) to outcomes/next steps
Excellent communications skills
4-year bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of 5 years work experience preferred
Willingness to register as a lobbyist
Strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to implement pragmatic and effective solutions
Excellent oral and written communication skills with all levels of the organization. Effective listener. Clear, concise, candid speaker who inspires others.
Fosters a culture of transparency and integrity.
Leads by example and fosters ethical behavior within the team.
Takes coaching well.
Team builder who fosters collaborative relationships and innovation.
Encourages diversity of thought and perspective.
Demonstrated leadership experience in a matrixed environment.
Strong business acumen, ability to budget and focus on results.
Credible and commanding presence.
Excellent planning and execution skills.
About American Foreign Service Association
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), established in 1924, is the professional association and labor union of the United States Foreign Service. With over 16,500 dues-paying members, AFSA represents more than 32,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees of the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).