Job Title: Vice President, Policy
Supervisor’s Title: Executive Vice President, Policy
Location: Washington, DC
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt
About Opportunity Finance Network:
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the nation’s leading network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), with more than 200 high-performing CDFI Members that serve low-income and low-wealth people and communities in all 50 states and manage $10 billion in assets.
CDFIs in OFN’s Membership invest more than $2.6 billion each year in people and communities that are outside the economic mainstream and underserved by traditional financial institutions—aligning capital with social, economic, and political justice.
The OFN Policy team provides education, thought leadership and advocacy to the Opportunity Finance Industry. We are seeking individuals with the highest professional standards who embrace OFNs core values of Justice and Excellence. Apply today.
More information is available at www.opportunityfinance.net
Position Summary and Essential Functions:
The VP, Policy serves as OFN’s primary liaison to federal policy makers, representing the organization’s positions on issues affecting Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) as well as responsible for developing and implementing OFN’s policy advocacy strategies. The VP, Policy represents OFN with national policy coalitions and other ally organizations and cooperates as part of the OFN Policy team to implement policy communications with OFN Members. The VP, Policy participates in national policy outreach through involvement in the OFN Annual Conference, OFN Regional Member meetings and other CDFI policy leadership events. Coordinate with other departments within OFN including Strategic Communications, Consulting and Knowledge Sharing.
Lobbying – Plan and implement strategies to achieve successful outcomes on key issues, participate in direct lobbying efforts, grassroots efforts including the OFN Board of Directors and Members; comply with Federal Lobby Disclosure Act rules.
Planning – Continually monitor government policies and proposals, identify those issues that affect OFN and its CDFI Members as well as the financial sector affecting CDFIs, participate in developing issue positions for OFN and its Members.
Grassroots – Work with the Policy team to plan and implement all grassroots advocacy in Washington DC, including OFN Board of Director, Members and executives and staff of OFN.
Communications – Report on the progress of legislative efforts and work with OFN Strategic Communications to identify policy issues affecting OFN, our Members and the Opportunity Finance industry.
Bachelor’s degree or 10 years of direct professional experience; Graduate degree a plus
5+ years of direct professional government relations experience such as work in the Executive Branch, Congress, political campaign or national organization with an active policy agenda
Experience working with federal, state and/or local legislative and regulatory processes required
Professional or volunteer experience working with an elected or public official is highly beneficial
Knowledge of community development, affordable housing, consumer finance issues highly beneficial
Excellent overall communicator, including written, oral, and interpersonal
Ability to work in a team environment and constructively with diverse audiences
Ability to think strategically, creatively, and tactically to implement plans and analyze results
Ability to interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
Ability to write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use.
Ability to set priorities and delegate tasks effectively
Light to moderate travel required (5-15% of time)
Qualified candidates apply:
Opportunity Finance Network
620 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Women and Minorities encouraged to apply