Director of Programs & Advocacy

AAPF is urgently seeking an experienced Director of Programs and Advocacy to join our team! This position is a temporary remote role with the potential to transition into an in-office permanent position. The Director of Programs and Advocacy will manage the operation and expansion of AAPF campaigns and initiatives including #SayHerName, #TruthBeTold, and #BlackGirlsMatter. This role requires a deep knowledge of program management principles, strategic thinking, and strong leadership qualities.


AAPF Program Director must be able to:

  • Manage the daily operation and expansion of AAPF campaigns and initiatives

  • Monitor and advance effective AAPF policy and advocacy programs

  • Create functional strategies and objectives for AAPF campaigns and initiative

  • Develop and monitor the budgets/policies and procedures to support the programmatic infrastructure

  • Identify priorities, gaps, and trends in program resourcing areas and make recommendations accordingly

  • Provide leadership and innovative ideas to the programmatic efforts of AAPF, including campaign support, policy advocacy, capacity building, grantmaking, and movement building

  • Assist in monitoring state and local education policy activity, including legislation, ballot initiatives, and referenda relative to campaigns

  • Foster relationships with key executive and legislative staff at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels to build support for AAPF policy goals

  • Develop a national program that supports grassroots organizations across several jurisdictions to launch new or advance existing racial justice campaigns

  • Help with media activities and events that raise awareness of our campaigns through mainstream and social justice press

  • Represent AAPF at meetings, conferences and public hearings to gain and share information relevant to the program’s operation

  • Ensure accurate and timely internal/external reporting and statistical information for policy and advocacy programs

  • Support grant writing campaigns to funding organizations, as agreed upon by AAPF

  • Be accessible on evenings and weekends as needed

  • Perform other related duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate should have:

  • Familiarity with the AAPF’s campaigns and initiatives

  • Intermediate comprehension of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality

  • A minimum of 5 years of program management experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of policy experience

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills

  • Deep knowledge of program management principles, strategic thinking and strong leadership qualities

  • A strong organizing, advocacy or social justice background

  • The ability to write in descriptive, analytical, and persuasive registers 

  • An eagerness to participate in generative brainstorming sessions

  • A consistent, critical engagement with the broader media landscape

  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a dynamic environment

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite


Application process:
Salary will commensurate with experience falling within the range of $60,000-$72,000.


Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and legal or social sciences writing sample to   |  (212) 854-3049  |  435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027

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