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Director, U.S. Government Relations

Washington, D.C.


ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality. Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empowers citizens to hold their governments to account.

ONE’s members are crucial to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Abuja, Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Johannesburg, London, New York, Ottawa, Paris and Washington DC, educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives — and which every year are under threat from cuts and other priorities.

ONE is grounded in a mission, vision and set of values that provide a foundation for our work. At ONE, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about making change and who will strive to embody our values. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with our values and mission statement before submitting your application.

Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment. When you work for ONE, you will receive excellent benefits along with the opportunity to be part of an international organization and contribute to our mission to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.


The Director will serve as a key member on the US Government Relations team, working with the Senior Director and GR team to execute comprehensive strategies to promote and defend ONE’s positions on foreign assistance, including appropriations, agriculture, economic development, and other key policy issues. This role will represent ONE’s positions directly with government policymakers (legislative and executive branch) and maintain a robust network of contacts throughout the U.S. government. The Director will work closely with leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating ONE’s advocacy campaigns with our ONE membership and the public. The ideal candidate will bring significant experience and connections from the advocacy and/or legislative sectors, be energetic and motivated to achieve ONE’s mission, work well in a team, have a problem-solving attitude, and think creatively. This is a full-time, exempt opportunity reporting directly to the Senior Director for Government Relations, based in our Washington, D.C. office, serving in a hybrid office setting.

The selected candidate will be required to register under the U.S. federal Lobbying Disclosure Act.


  • Work alongside the Senior Director to execute ONE’s legislative and advocacy strategy, establishing and implementing short- and long-term strategies in partnership with those across the US ONE office and other ONE markets around the globe.
  • Work alongside the Senior Director and team to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with critical U.S. policymakers in Congress and the Administration to influence and advance ONE’s policy priorities.
  • Track and advocate for relevant appropriations and authorization legislation and amendments; develop new legislative ideas; and make recommendations on ONE’s legislative agenda.
  • Represent ONE’s positions externally with other nonprofits, public interest groups, and other organizations.
  • Liaise with other teams within the organization to advise and service ONE membership on grassroots and field strategies and actions to advance legislative priorities.
  • Lead on and participate in projects, committees and task forces as assigned.
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; 10+ years’ relevant professional experience that includes at least 5 years of legislative or issue-advocacy work, with experience on Capitol Hill preferred.
  • Strong and bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill a must. Relationships with the executive branch are preferred.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills in English, in particular with broad, diverse audiences.
  • Genuine interest and passion for ONE’s issues and priorities, including foreign assistance, economic development, food aid, and more.
  • Demonstrated track record of success, as well as interest in and understanding of the U.S. legislative process.
  • Team-player with superior interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed (minimal).
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment and make good and responsible decisions.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the legislative branch and/or advocacy.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite.
  • Ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Related work history in foreign assistance, advocacy, policy, legislation and/or demonstrable interest in the causes ONE supports.
  • Ability to work in the United States is required.


  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization.
  • Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Collaborative approach and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations.
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Takes action and is results focused.
  • Flexible and resourceful.
  • Independent problem solver.


Fluency in English required.


No travel expectations currently. Travel expected to be less than 10% domestically.


$119,000  – 154,000 per year

Pay range as posted reflects the minimum to the midpoint of the external market salary range that ONE has adopted for this job level in the US. This salary range is based on compensation survey data for similar organizations and is used to set pay internally at ONE. Where a new hire’s salary falls within this range is based on a variety of factors, including the budget available for this position.


Are you ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease? Please submit a resumé and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs!

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please email [email protected]). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.