Director of Public Policy

Posted on 20. Sep, 2013 by in Jobs

The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is a national non-profit organization that protects
courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence, elevating
their voices in communities, courts and Congress. Through pro bono holistic legal
services and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih empowers and supports women
and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic
violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, “honor” crimes, and
forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world
where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity. Winner of the
2010 Meyer Exponent Award which recognizes outstanding nonprofit executive
directors and the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit
Management, Tahirih has a staff of over 40 with offices in Falls Church, VA; Houston,
TX; and Baltimore, MD.
Position Summary: Tahirih is seeking a dynamic Director of Public Policy to
spearhead Tahirih’s national advocacy initiatives, forging and mobilizing diverse coalitions
and engaging bipartisan allies to press for laws, regulations, policies and precedent that
better protect immigrant women and girls from violence.
The Director will lead Tahirih’s efforts to bring about lasting, systemic change and to
secure stronger protections and supports for immigrant survivors, including under US
asylum laws, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection
Act. The Director will also drive the development of legislative and policy proposals
emerging from Tahirih’s groundbreaking national campaigns, such as the Forced
Marriage Initiative and the Campaign to End Abuse and Exploitation through
International Marriage Brokers. The Director will also promote other US legislation to
prevent and address violence against women and girls worldwide.
The Director will serve as Tahirih’s primary spokesperson on policy issues to Tahirih
supporters, advocates and colleague organizations, legislators and policymakers, and the
media. The Director will also work closely with Tahirih’s communications staff to
enhance public understanding and to ensure that stakeholders are informed and invested
in advocacy to protect and empower immigrant women and girls.
Based in Tahirih’s national headquarters office in Falls Church, VA, the Director of
Public Policy will report to the Executive Director and manage a small but growing
policy team.

Submissions: Please email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:
Human Resources Department
Tahirih Justice Center
6402 Arlington Blvd, Suite 300
Falls Church, VA 22042
recruiting@tahirih.org
Fax: 571-282-6162

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