Job Title: Senior Associate, Public Policy
Location: Washington, DC
OFN is a leading national network of CDFIs (community development financial institutions) with offices in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. In pursuit of a mission to align capital with social, economic, and political justice, OFN supports its member CDFIs with money, strength, and voice to drive transformational change in underserved communities nationwide.
Position Summary and Essential Functions:
The Senior Associate, Public Policy is responsible for promoting OFN’s public policy priorities to key audiences. The Senior Associate, Public Policy is responsible for staying current on legislative and regulatory policies impacting the CDFI industry; effectively engages the OFN membership in advocacy activities; represents OFN with federal policy makers, national coalitions and other ally organizations. The position requires knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, community and economic development, and strong writing and communication skills.
•Communicates OFN’s public policy positions to Members of Congress, Congressional staff and Administration officials.
•Participates in strategy development and implementation of OFN’s public policy advocacy agenda.
•Develops and maintains close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to Congressional staff, national coalitions and ally organizations
•Monitors relevant legislation and regulations impacting the CDFI industry.
•Prepares policy documents, including position papers, and fact sheets.
•Represents OFN at events and meetings related to OFN’s public policy agenda
•Other duties as assigned by the Chief External Affairs Officer
•Bachelor’s degree or 7+ years of direct professional experience in lieu of a degree.
•5+ years of direct professional experience such as work in a national organization with an active policy agenda.
•Experience working with federal, state and/or local legislative and regulatory processes required.
•Knowledge of community development and economic development policy issues highly beneficial.
•Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively verbally and in writing.
•Ability to manage multiple tasks independently in an effective and efficient manner.
•Ability to define and set priorities.
•Ability to be self-motivated and take initiative for new projects and departmental needs.
•Ability to interpret, analyze, and draft legislative, policy and regulatory proposals.
•Moderate travel required (10 – 15% of time).
•Job involves normal physical requirements for an office position; no extraordinary physical requirements beyond ability to travel.
Supervisor: Chief External Affairs Officer FLSA Status: Exempt