Advocacy Director

01/22/2019 . By TIMEP


The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) has an immediate opening for a full-time Advocacy Director.

The Advocacy Director works closely with TIMEP’s Executive and Deputy Director on planning the advocacy agenda for the institute within both the United States and Europe, and coordinates with the Research Director and Executive Director to aid in promoting TIMEP’s products, projects, and agenda. This position is primarily responsible for developing policy agendas and messages that reflect TIMEP’s positions and mission. This position is also responsible for working with in-house experts and external partners to advance TIMEP’s objectives. In coordination with the Executive Director, this position works closely with the other department directors and managers to create a harmonious external representation of TIMEP’s policy agenda.

For this position, TIMEP is accepting applicants to work at the institute’s Washington D.C. office, as well as applicants located in the E.U.



  • Designs and implements TIMEP’s advocacy and policy agenda for the U.S. and Europe.
  • Manages relationships and engages on policy priorities with members of government within the U.S. and Europe.
  • Promptly reviews and responds to requests from contacts, government agencies, or members of the policy community.
  • Expands TIMEP’s network and connections with members of the policy community domestically and internationally.
  • Support the team’s effort in raising TIMEP’s profile and highlighting the institute’s message and outputs.
  • Initiates events and Hill briefings to educate congressional staff, policymakers, and the public on current events.
  • Coordinates the development of background papers and policy briefs and recommendations for external audiences.
  • Writes hearing testimonies and talking points for events and interviews.
  • Prepares press statements.
  • Works closely with the research team for harmonious output of TIMEP knowledge production and advocacy position.
  • Ability to professionally represent the Institute and respond to inquiries or complaints from contacts, government agencies, or members of the policy community.  Ability to effectively present information to leadership, government officials, public groups and other stakeholders
  • Keep abreast of all relevant developments in the Middle East and provide insights to the team on the International policy makers’ perspectives and positions.
  • Effectively presents information to government officials, public groups and other audiences.
  • Supervise advocacy interns and research staff regarding advocacy activities.
  • Supervises research staff in activities related to preparation of press statements and other advocacy tools (example: briefings, tweets, commentary etc.). Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; makes self-available to staff; solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); improves processes, products and service
  • Works within the Institute’s environment as a member of the larger team to achieve general Institute goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree and four to ten years related experience and/or training in public policy, advocacy, foreign policy; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Arabic language skills preferred.
  • Expert level skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher) and experience with Google applications is required. Experience with contact management systems/databases is preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of governmental bodies & procedures; attune to updates regarding governmental bodies & procedures.
  • Ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully and develop alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Must be able to develop advocacy project plans; coordinate projects; communicate changes and progress.
  • Ability to assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
  • Ability to develop and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with policy makers, staffers any other representatives of external organizations.
  • Ability to manage through change and develop workable implementation plans; communicate changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change.
  • Ability to manage staff by delegating work assignments; matching the responsibility to the person; giving authority to work independently; setting expectations and monitoring delegated activities; providing recognition for results.
  • Ability to manage a unit including developing procedures, participate in program planning and analysis or qualitative review to determine appropriate actions.
  • Possess business acumen and understands business implications of decisions on institutional and departmental goals and aligns work with organizational strategic goals.
  • Ability to adapts to changes in TIMEP and external environments; changes approach or method to best fit situations; manages and adapts to frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Ability to manage time wisely, determine priorities and allocate time and resources effectively.
  • Consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time. Answers emails and virtual communication in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to consistently follow up on the various incomplete projects and tasks, delays or lack of follow up.


Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line, “Advocacy Director,” In the cover letter, please include where you learned of the position, salary expectations, and your preferred start date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only competitive candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the selection process. No phone calls please.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The individual is occasionally required to stand or walk; use hands to handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The individual must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.