National Director, US Government Policy & Partnerships

Job Location US-DC
Government Relations
Position Type
Jobs | Regular Full-Time

The Need

IJM is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our global team of over 1,000 professionals are at work in over 25 offices. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice for the poor unstoppable.


Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve. 


After nearly two decades of continued growth and operational success in pioneering the work of protecting the poor from violence, IJM has become an $80 million organization with 1000 global employees. As IJM continues this trajectory of growth and scaling of its impact, IJM  is seeking a strategic leader to develop and align a comprehensive activation strategy to move the US Government and world-shaping development institutions to partner, invest and champion IJM’s model and theory of change for protecting those in poverty from slavery and violence.  The successful candidate will lead and drive seamless collaboration and alignment with the Global Partnerships team, Regional teams and frontlines Country teams tackling slavery and violence. 


This position is based at IJM Headquarters in the Washington, DC area and reports to the Vice President, US Corporate & Government Activation.


  • Lead and align the global organization around a clear, actionable strategy for partnerships and collaboration with the US Government that catalyze game-changing innovation and investment in ensuring governments protect those in poverty from violence;
  • Cultivate and steward IJM’s US Governmental (USG) partnerships through meaningful engagement that closely connects key USG leaders and implementers with the frontline realities of the impact violence has on those in poverty and the how to ensure governments own citizen security;
  • Collaborate with USG, corporate and institutional partners to identify opportunities for broad-based partnerships that scale innovative programs to protect those in poverty from violence;
  • Effectively represent IJM on global and national platforms and leverage IJM’s expertise and impact to drive new opportunities for partnership and deepening prioritization of citizen security;
  • Convene thought leaders, influencers and agents of change to profile IJM’s theory of change and programming;
  • Equip national and global actors and influencers to ensure USG and development actors recognize, accept and operationalize their role to ensure governments protect those in poverty from violence;
  • Influence increased USG investment in citizen security across its international development portfolio;
  • Drive strategic USG funding to IJM and partners;
  • Partner with Global Partnerships team to profile survivor voices and IJM experts at Government forums and events/events where strategic Government leaders gather;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships across the organization and with other members of the IJM Global Partnerships team; and
  • Analyze trends in USG priorities and investments to drive adaptation and readiness to seize strategic opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of experience and/or education;
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in partnership development or strategic partnerships role implementing fundraising plans to achieve an annual revenue target and/or quota of at least $5 million;
  • Proven ability to cultivate actionable business opportunities with government, multilateral or corporate partners to achieve policy or other goals;
  • Experience building/deepening collaborative relationships of mutual trust across diverse backgrounds and styles;
  • Experience working with contacts at senior levels of Government, including presenting to senior-level decision makers and influencers across business units and functions;
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of US Governmental partnerships, including experience with the stages of partnership development, from qualifying, exploratory conversations, strategic proposal development, negotiations and contracting;
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines through time management/prioritization, and manage complex relationships/negotiations with important partners simultaneously;
  • Excellent problem solving and negotiation skills, ability to understand priorities of corporate partners and match them with IJM’s programs and global expertise;
  • Excellent cross-cultural leadership and skilled communicator, presenter and public speaker, ability to lead internal and external meetings and present on behalf of IJM; and
  • Proven ability to leverage and work effectively with diverse team of experts and specialists.


Critical Qualities:

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Self-starter with strong initiative; 
  • Disciplined with priorities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication;
  • Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
  • Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
  • Adept at creative problem solving.


What does IJM have to offer?
- Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision benefits
- Monthly commuter and parking benefits
- Generous 6% retirement contribution
- Paid leave starting at 23 days
- 11 holidays (plus early release the day prior)
- Relocation reimbursement
- Daily, quarterly and annual community spiritual formation
- Robust staff care resources


Upload Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith* in one document.


*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.


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