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Director of Policy

NH Women's Foundation

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Concord, NH. We invest in opportunity and equality for women and girls in New Hampshire through research, education, philanthropy and advocacy. NHWF is the only foundation in the Granite State focused exclusively on gender equality.

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation seeks an experienced, highly competent, politically savvy, independent problem-solver to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s research, policy and advocacy programs. Reporting to the CEO, this will be a three-quarter (25 hours per week) or full time (37.5 hours per week) salaried position with benefits. A combination of telecommuting and in-person work at our office in Concord will be expected.

Position Overview

The Director of Policy is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s Research, Policy and Advocacy (RPA) programs including the Women Run! program, the Granite State’s only nonpartisan program training and empowering women to run for state and local office. Working closely with the CEO, the Director of Policy is expected to, though not limited to:

  • oversee all aspects of the RPA programs including developing strategy and implementation plans for programs
  • supervise staff including Research & Policy Fellow, Women Run! Manager, etc.
  • work closely with Director of Communications and Strategic Engagement to communicate, engage and educate NHWF supporters and general public, as well as policy makers and other leaders about the latest goings-on at the Foundation
  • develop and maintaining relationships with legislative leaders and other policy makers
  • provide support and leadership to NHWF’s RPA Committee, a group of board members and volunteers
  • serve as a thought leader and partner to CEO on policy and advocacy strategy

The Director of Policy will maintain and build upon the Foundation’s existing RPA programs. In particular, the Director of Policy will need to step in and manage longstanding relationships with legislative leaders, donors, and community leaders. In addition, the Director of Policy will need to hit the ground running, as the Foundation intends to release its Status of Girls Report early in Fall 2021. The Director of Policy is expected to represent the Foundation in the legislative and policy arenas and have exceptional diplomacy and self-awareness—always keeping the best interests of Granite State women & girls at the forefront. 

The ideal candidate is a mature self-starter who is passionate about gender equality and being a voice for women and girls in New Hampshire, particularly low income and women of color. NHWF’s RPA programs continue to grow and the ideal candidate should have a desire to lead the expansion of a respected and well supported RPA program. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the ability to work independently and take initiative. S/he will need dedication, energy and enthusiasm--someone willing to work hard, create and develop sustained relationships with a wide range of constituents. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and groups, while demonstrating poise, tact, integrity and professionalism. A sense of humor and a commitment to gender equality is essential.

Salary & Benefits: This is a three quarter (25 hours) or full time (37.5 hours), salaried (exempt) position with excellent benefits. Salary range: $65,000 – 85,000 depending on qualifications and experience (three quarter time will be pro-rated).

  • Minimum of 7 years of lobbying, policy analysis, political engagement, legislative experience with substantial experience in successful grant writing and grant management
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent level of training and course work; masters in public policy or a J.D. is preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and managing relationships with policy makers and leaders
  • Critical thinker and effective communicator
  • Strong analytical and/or persuasive writing skills
  • Success managing or leading political or issues campaign
  • Experience as coalition builder—working with allies, organizations, activist groups
  • Familiarity with collecting, analyzing or presenting high quality data; additional experience utilizing data to support or further issue campaigns a plus
  • Familiarity with legislative process, writing legislation, lobbying for/opposing legislation, coalition builder, working with elected officials
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills with the ability to balance multiple projects while performing at a high level
  • Enthusiasm, positive attitude, and exceptional oral and written communications skills
  • Flexibility and ability to thrive in a small office environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor software, Excel, PowerPoint and web applications.
  • Experience at a foundation or in philanthropy is preferred
  • Dedication to gender equality a must!

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation seeks the following Core Competencies in staff:

  1. Adaptability: Demonstrate flexibility in the face of change, have a positive, can-do attitude despite multiple projects and changing priorities
  2. Organization: Demonstrate excellent time, space and task management including appropriate allocation of time, effective management of the workspace and balance of conflicting priorities in order to manage workflow, ensure the completion of essential projects and meet critical deadlines
  3. Proactive: Demonstrate the ability to foresee problems and prevent them by taking action, utilize analytical skills and effectively interpret and anticipate needs
  4. Communication Skills: Demonstrate excellent listening, written and oral communication skills. This includes phone, email, social media and in-person communication
  5. Client Services: Demonstrate high level of professionalism with colleagues, board members, volunteers, donors and stakeholders; prompt response to all inquiries required
  6. Attention to Detail: Demonstrate acute attention to detail and strive for high-quality finished products
  7. Team Player: Demonstrate ability and desire to be a contributing member of the team, willingly providing back-up support for colleagues when appropriate and actively support group goals
  8. Computer/Technical Skills: Demonstrate strong proficiency in Microsoft Suite including Excel, PowerPoint and Word; firm understanding and familiarity with data management system, social media and web; ability to adapt to new technology and easily acquire new technical skills
  9. Judgment: Exhibit sound judgment and the ability to make reasonable decisions in the absence of direction, refers problems/issues to the appropriate person(s) when necessary, and work effectively without constant and direct supervision or guidance
  • Oversee and manage  all aspects of RPA programs
  • Develop and manage existing legislative relationships
  • Keep finger on the pulse of all political, legislative and policies impacting women, girls and families in the Granite State
  • Write, edit and oversee legislative updates, reports and other correspondence
  • Oversee research publications including quarterly Gender Matters, annual Status of Women or Status of Girl reports  
  • Supervise Research and Advocacy Fellow, Women Run! Manager, and outside research contractors
  • Represent the Foundation when appropriate
  • Oversee gift processing and acknowledgement
  • Work with Director of Strategic Communications on the development of marketing materials, including social media, web and printed materials.
  • Prepare legislative and political analysis/reports
How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Your cover letter should include examples of Core Competencies and Qualifications.

Applications are due on or before August 14, 2021. Review of qualifications with rolling interviews will begin in early August. Preferred start date is by September 15, 2021. 

NHWF encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or any other classification protected by federal, or applicable state or local law. The Women’s Foundation is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team.

Salary Range:

$65,000 – $85,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Job Location:

Concord and remote

Date Added: July 20, 2021

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