Director, Public Policy and Governmental Relations



  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Closing Date: 24/02/2017

Organizational Overview: For more than two decades ECPAT-USA has been at the forefront of the fight to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. We go to the source of the problem by fighting for new and improved laws, encouraging the private sector to do its part, and raising awareness among those who may be in a position to identify a child who is being commercially sexually exploited.

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Public Policy and Governmental Relations is responsible for crafting and implementing the legislative agenda for ECPAT-USA. The Director should have an excellent understanding of the complexities of child sex trafficking and child trafficking in the United States as well as a working knowledge of the multiple systems responsible for addressing the needs of child victims. Familiarity with the national stakeholders is also a plus. The Director should be self-directed and able to work remotely with occasional travel. ECPAT-USA is a small, mission driven organization with a dedicated staff. The ideal employee will take a creative and collaborative approach to fighting the exploitation of children, be flexible, passionate, and able to work independently.

Roles and Responsibilities:

• Acts as primary representative for ECPAT-USA with all Congressional and Federal agencies and offices.

• Maintain existing Congressional relationships and develop new relationships with Members of Congress.

• Research, monitor, track, analyze, and recommend positions on federal legislation and federal appropriations that impact child victims of exploitation and trafficking.

• Represents ECPAT-USA at hearings, trainings, seminars and conferences.

• Acts as primary representative on the ATEST Coalition and actively participates in ATEST activities and fulfilling ATEST goals.

• Acts as primary representative with existing and new NGO partners in Washington, D.C.

• Maintains and establishes coalition relationships, finding opportunities for collaboration with the goal of amplifying the ECPAT-USA mission of protecting children from exploitation and preventing child exploitation domestically and globally.

• Research and track the U.S. Government’s implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, with the assistance of ECPAT-USA partners, in order to report on such activity to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

• Work closely with the Director of Private Sector Engagement on amplifying ECPAT-USA’s public-private partnerships.

• Submits updates to the Outreach and Administrative Coordinator and Internet Outreach Coordinator for the ECPAT-USA website and social media sites about ECPAT-USA legislative activities, and important developments that touch on child exploitation.


• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. Minimum 2 years policy experience.

• Experience working on or with the Hill and/or state legislature or other policy organization.

• Administrative, organizational, writing skills, planning abilities, and close attention to detail.

• Advanced understanding of child sex trafficking and related issues strongly preferred.

Interested applicants may apply by sending a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with Director, Public Policy and Governmental Relations in the subject line.