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August 19, 2019

Advocacy Director - Falls Church, VA

Duties & Responsibilities 

The Advocacy Director will work as part of the Civil Society Development (CSD) Team, and will assume the following responsibilities: 

1. Maintain regular contact with US and international civil society partners, Congressional offices, the State Department, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, and other appropriate interlocutors; 

2. Initiate and coordinate advocacy efforts, including but not limited to Country of Particular Concern (CPC) designation for Vietnam under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), Tier Three designation of Vietnam under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, application of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act and IRFA to Vietnamese government officials who have committed severe human rights violations, and conditioning bilateral and multilateral assistance to the government of Vietnam on significant improvements in its human rights practices; 

3. Make use of UN human rights mechanisms, including periodic reviews and reporting to UN Special Procedures; 

4. Collaborate with international human rights organizations to conduct advocacy with UN entities in New York and in Geneva; 

5. Collaborate with Europe-based partners to conduct advocacy with 

the EU; 

6. Coordinate volunteer advocates in different locations and arrange meetings for them with members of Congress, Administration officials and like-minded human rights organizations; 

7. Work with the Vietnam Property Restitution Project (VPRP) Team to advocate for US Government’s intervention on behalf US citizens with property illegally expropriated by the government of Vietnam; 

8. Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to maintain a network of advocates across the United States and in other countries; 

9. Facilitate and assist as necessary in the drafting of statements and press releases. 



Qualifications & Requirements 

1. A first degree in international studies or another relevant field; 

2. Fluency in English; fluency in Vietnamese preferred; 

3. Prior experience with advocacy with the US Congress, the EU, and/or the UN; 

4. Being a self-starter; 

5. Spirit of teamwork; 

6. Excellent written, communication, and organizational skills; 

7. Ability to multitask, to prioritize, and to respond to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines; 


Location: Falls Church, Virginia 


Compensation: The CSD Advocacy Director will be offered a locally competitive package. 


To apply, please send resume, cover letter and information of 3 references to: 

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REPORT TO: Chief Operating Officer RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Maintain development calendars, including database of requests for proposal and timelines; 2. Conduct prospect research to assist Branch Managers in identifying appropriate funding priorities, strategies, and sources; 3. Cultivate relationships with actual and prospective funding sources; 4. Work with grant-writing consultants to prepare grant proposals, both independently and in teams; 5. Maintain library of all submitted proposals, including reviewers’ notes or pertinent information of prospective proposals; 6. Perform other duties as required to fulfill the mission of the organization.
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. One to two years of grant proposal development experience, with a strong background and demonstrated record in foundation and government relations with successful grant accomplishments; 2. Superb self-organization and self-discipline; 3. Outstanding ability to take initiative and work under pressure with limited supervision; 4. Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with staff, service providers and work productively in diverse team settings; 5. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; 6. Excellent writing skills; 7. Ability to analyze a variety of information; 8. Proficiency in online research and Microsoft Office suite: Excel, Word, Access and email; and 9. Deep commitment to justice and dignity for immigrants and their families.
SALARY: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications.
LOCATION: Falls Church, VA TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: BPSOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer!
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