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Organization Description: 
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-profit organization. We invest in women leaders who are tackling the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying leaders with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. What sets Vital Voices apart is that we make long-term, wholistic investments in leaders with bold ideas for change — providing them connections, capacity, a network of their peers, financial support, and visibility for their work. We have provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Laureates, US Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award winning innovators and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Over the past 24 years, we have directly invested in more than 18,000 change-makers across 182 countries, who in turn have improved the lives of millions of people in their communities and countries.

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of nearly 70 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the coming years we have a bold vision to dramatically scale our impact. In early 2022 we will be opening the first ever Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership, a 30,000+ sq. ft. historic building just blocks from the White House on 16th Street. It will be a hub of activity, events, and collaborations — bringing together women leaders and their allies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

We are seeking a talented, motivated professional with a deep intersectional and contextual understanding of GBV with strong team and project management skills which will include training, facilitation, as well as issue area expertise in areas such as gender equity and gender-based violence as well as other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the position of Director of GBV Advocacy for the Issue Advocacy department as a part of the Vital Voices team.

The Vital Voices Network of over 18,000 women changemakers across 186 countries is our organization’s greatest asset. Vital Voices is seeking a Director, GBV Advocacy for the Vital Voices team to contribute to developing and strengthening community partnerships, department strategy and management, as well as issue area advocacy and training.  Reporting to the VP, Issue Advocacy, the Director of GBV Advocacy will develop and implement strategies to support the Vital Voices network to catalyze our impact globally. The Director of GBV Advocacy will work in close collaboration with internal teams to facilitate the efficient delivery of issue-area fellowships, state department funded programs and corporate advisories through various matrix teams while supporting the cultivation of internal and external partnerships.

Responsibilities: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Team Management: Support the VP, Issue Advocacy in essential team management functions, including support for high-level organizational requests, oversight of advancing departmental goals and milestones, as well as cultivation of a positive team culture that supports and fosters professional development and growth.
  • Subject Matter Expertise & Advocacy: Utilize existing knowledge and experience on GBV and its intersections with WPS, climate and economic justice, strengthened by research and monitoring of the UN SDG issue area and subject matter discussions and developments to inform decision-making, program strategy, project curricula, community engagement practices, and broader advocacy efforts including representation at panel and media events, as needed. Moreover, maintain and enhance ties with pro bono and other consultants to enhance the inclusion and integration of best practice into trainings programs.
  • Facilitation and Training: Design and implement training curricula for multi-sector stakeholders rooted in Adult Learning Principles and contextualized to different global regions and/or countries, as needed. Engage, oversee, and collaborate with consultants (pro bono or otherwise) as needed to infuse programs with additional current and contextual issue area expertise.
  • Advocacy Strategy: Create and implement advocacy strategies that integrates staff, fellows, program alumni, allies, partners and the Vital Voices Community Hub. Create strategy for engaging and communicating with the Vital Voices Fellows and alumni at the intersection of key community collaborations through coordination with other staff leading fellowship programs and networks. Take initiative to develop and strengthen ties in the DC/DMV area to bridge local, national, and global engagement in policy and programming. This may be through Statements of Work (SOWs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), grants, programs, events, etc. Participate in local, national, and global coalitions to help amplify VV network’s voice and influence.
  • Community Partnership Communications & Content: Act as a liaison between the Vital Voices and its local and global networks in order to bolster its presence and contributions to local, national, and global advocacy efforts. This includes coordination with multi-sector stakeholders in the gender and GBV field including corporations, governments, civil society organizations, etc. The Director will often coordinate closely with communications and networks team members as well as programmatic staff in order to inform and enhance partnerships and policy.
  • Agreement & Reporting Oversight: Oversee the strengthening and sustainability of partnerships through the design and facilitation of private, public, and pro bono awards and agreements that help catalyze the work of the VV network globally. In this capacity, they will liaise with funders, communicate internally to identify nominations for awards, work with other team members to select recipients for awards, and oversee team efforts to coordinate with awardees as well as process agreements and reporting.
  • Program & Events Strategy: As needed, oversee the planning and execution of key Issue Advocacy events and programming, in conjunction with Director, Networks and other VV staff, to ensure VV leaders are integrated and represented in the anti-GBV space.
  • DE&I: Model the Vital Voices commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to disrupt and evolve systems and behaviors that negatively impact women and BIPOC employees and network. Ensure that this commitment is integrated in our work both internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, gender studies, or a related field, 7+ years of relevant work experience required, OR Graduate degree in in international relations, gender studies, law, policy, or a related field, 5+ years of work experience.


  • Strong demonstrated experience in global women’s issues, GBV, human rights, preferred.
  • Strong soft skills and relationship-building experience both online and in-person
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Additional proficiency in at least one other language, preferably Spanish or French, preferred.
  • Strong public speaking, training, and facilitation skills.
  • Strong project and team management skills. In particular, experience with collaborative decision-making and coordinating across multiple teams or departments to implement goals.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, swiftly shift priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, sometimes under difficult or challenging circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and self-awareness.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office applications (esp. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), social networking tools, and database software (i.e., Salesforce).

This position is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC. If and when it is safe to travel, domestic and international travel up to 20% may be required for the position.

The starting salary range for this position is $111,372-$136,122 based on experience and ability to have broad impact early. The compensation package includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k match, and generous PTO including wellness flex days, generous parental leave, sabbatical time and volunteer leave as well as short- and long-term
disability, life insurance, HSA, EAP, and a professional development stipend.

Vital Voices provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vital Voices complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Vital Voices expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Vital Voices’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and
including discharge.

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Applications that do not include the following will not be considered for review:
· Salary expectations
· Resume and Cover Letter
· Three references with contact information
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
No phone calls or recruiters please.