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We're Hiring: Director of Community Engagement & Government Relations (Remote)

The Director of Community Engagement & Government Affairs will report to the Executive Director and must be within commuting distance of Washington, DC.

Job Overview

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization leading the movement to create conditions for community-led, trauma-informed, prevention-oriented, resilience-focused, and healing-centered approaches, programs, environments, and systems to impact people’s lives positively. We work toward a world where individuals, families, and communities have the opportunities and support necessary to thrive.

The Director of Community Engagement & Government Affairs will nurture and grow relationships with community members, policymakers, and government officials to elevate promising practices around the country, connect constituents with Congressional offices, learn about opportunities to leverage resources and support to continue growing the movement and mobilize advocates to support our policy priorities (E.G., funding for cross-sector coalitions).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Continue developing our strategy to grow and sustain CTIPP’s Community Advocacy Network and PressOn Network

  • Build and maintain relationships with Members of Congress and their staff to achieve policy goals and connect constituents to offices when opportunities arise

  • Learn from and promote innovative applications and connect communities and states where there are opportunities for peer learning

  • Create conditions of empowerment for advocates across the country to mobilize in educating their members of Congress and supporting CTIPP policies and practices

  • Serve as a key point of contact for communities and states concerning advocacy/legislative opportunities

  • Gather and effectively communicate great work in communities nationwide with government officials, staffers, and other communities.

  • Work with the Director of Communications & Outreach to draft and distribute various communications that promote the organization and invite people to join the movement, as well as keep advocates up-to-date on current opportunities

  • Provide relevant updates and emerging information on calls and in meetings, such as CTIPP CAN calls, coalition meetings, and webinars

  • Track key legislation and activity on the Hill and look for strategic opportunities to advance the movement

  • Support the development of talking points and toolkits to support advocates’ mobilization and outreach

  • Partake in and lead relevant coalition meetings on CTIPP’s behalf

  • Actively participate in internal team meetings, providing collaborative input on federal policy work

  • Bolster CTIPP’s image on the national and global landscape

  • Embody/model trauma-informed values and principles in engagement

Skills and Qualifications

  • A commitment to making the world a better place for all

  • Knowledge of values and commitment to creating environments that embed principles of accessibility, belonging, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

  • Knowledgeable about trauma and commitment to the values of trauma-informed care

  • Professional work experience in government and/or government relations

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with elected officials and staff

  • Professional experience working alongside community members and a commitment to uplifting diverse voices of lived experience

  • Demonstrated superior ability to be an effective and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to bridge divides and work across the political spectrum

  • Able to present complex information in a coherent, persuasive manner in a variety of forums

  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team

  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage sensitive or controversial subjects with tact, kindness, and professionalism

  • Ability to lead/self-motivate and take initiative to drive work forward

  • Ability to perform complex legislative and regulatory analysis to make recommendations on possible courses of action

  • Ability to advocate independently and effectively in meetings and presentations

  • Time management and organization skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Google Drive and Microsoft Suite

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

Work Environment, Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time position with benefits (Health, Dental, and Vision, and 403(b) plan) with a starting salary of $70,000-$90,000/year.

This job operates in a home office setting and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers, and scan/fax machines. Applicants should be based in/willing to relocate to the Washington, DC metro area because they will need to attend in-person meetings on Capitol Hill and with coalitions. Some additional travel will be required.

*NOTE: CTIPP currently does not have an office, so this position requires the ability to work from home and will continue for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the ability to successfully work in a remote environment is essential. Travel is required at times for this position.

Application Procedure

Only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position and a resume included will be considered. Please email Jesse Kohler, CTIPP's Executive Director ( with the subject line "Application for CTIPP's Director of Community Engagement and Government Affairs."

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration.


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