Senior Advisor, Policy & Advocacy Communications (P4)

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Communication and Advocacy
  • Deadline:


Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. 


The Senior Advisor will develop the strategy for and oversee day-to-day execution of Save the Children’s and Save the Children Action Network’s (SCAN) external policy, advocacy and campaigns communications. This portfolio will cover a myriad of issue areas related to children—both domestic and international. You will work closely with Save the Children’s government relations team to aggressively court earned media that will help further the organization’s policy goals at the international, federal, and state/local levels. You will also assist SCAN, a 501c4, with earned media related to any electoral campaigns in which that organization engages. You will be responsible for cultivating relationships with communications counterparts in partner organizations and relevant congressional and governors’ offices.  You will oversee one direct report and liaise with counterparts in Save the Children’s digital media, brand, and programmatic teams.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Media Strategy 35%

  • Develop media strategies for federal issue advocacy campaigns related to domestic and international policy priorities, as well as Save the Children Action Network’s state and electoral campaigns.
  • Play integral role in managing rapid-response moments that relate to our advocacy efforts and/or crises related to children.
  • Liaise with digital, brand, programmatic and other relevant staff, as necessary, to ensure advocacy communications efforts and strategy are synced with other organizational efforts.
  • Cultivate relationships with communications’ teams in key congressional and state government offices, and of relevant partner organizations to ensure alignment and to capitalize on potential collaborative opportunities.
  • Maintain and build a roster of organizational spokespeople for media and speaking opportunities.
  • Position Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network as experts in key policy, advocacy and campaigning priorities.

Media Engagement 35%

  • Cultivate strong, strategic relationships with key media outlets and journalists.
  • Pitch media in support of organizational priorities and media strategies.
  • Prepare and staff spokespeople for media interviews.
  • Develop spokesperson talking points and messaging around key issue areas and priorities.

Internal Coordination and Alignment 15%

  • Provide strategic communications guidance and leadership across divisions to ensure political sensitives and nuances of the organization’s policy and advocacy work are taken into consideration and implemented in strategies, messaging and day-to-day operations across the agency.
  • Assist with developing explainer content for social media, including scripting and/or recording social-first videos.
  • Keep relevant internal stakeholders updated and informed of external advocacy communications efforts.
  • Ensure messaging alignment and coordination across the Save the Children movement globally.

Management of Policy and Advocacy Media Team 15%

  • Oversee and direct one direct report.
  • Drive prioritization and delegation of tasks.
  • Ensure efficient ways of working and reporting outputs.
  • Train, develop, coach, lead, and supervise staff, clearly communicating organization, division and department priorities, and how their work contributes to our mission, ensuring that the working environment continually fosters diversity, inclusion, and belonging – supporting Save the Children values.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience
  •  Self-starter, ability to successfully manage multiple strategies and tasks at once
  •  Proven experience with external relationship-building, particularly with media
  •  Significant experience in media strategy and engagement
  •  Ability to occasionally travel, if necessary
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven track record in securing media at the hyperlocal, local and national level
  • Strong existing relationships with local and national media contacts
  • Experience working for or in coalition with a large NGO or similar advocacy organization
  • Experience working in the communications field on behalf of government officials, candidates for political office, or for entities that campaign to influence policy or electoral outcomes
  • Interest in both international and domestic policy/advocacy work
  • Familiarity with Save the Children’s advocacy portfolios


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:

  • Geo 1 – NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $108,800 – $121,600 base salary
  • Geo 2 – Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $98,600 – $110,200 base salary
  • Geo 3 – Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $88,400 – $98,800 base salary

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location (more information on job structure is available here). Employee may be eligible for an incentive program.  Save the Children also offers paid vacation, accrued at least 12 days a year, depending on paygrade and length of service, paid safety and wellness leave of at least 1 day per month worked for a full time employee which is pro rata reduced for employees working less than a full time schedule, and at least 10 paid holidays a year. Employees may be eligible for additional bonus compensation. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, family leave, paid parental/adoption leave of 60 days, commuter benefits, paid caregiver leave days, 1 paid volunteer day a year, paid critical child illness leave days, dress for your day, and much more.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.  As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.