The Week That Will Be

The Week that Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, August 19th at 12 pm: The Heritage Foundation hosts a conversation on  Philanthropy in Defense of Freedom. The panel will explore the history of philanthropic support for innovative defense technologies and areas where that investment is most needed. James Jay Carafano, Colonel Richard J. Dunn III, Dr. Daniel Goure, and Dr. Patrick Linehan will speak. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Heritage website.

Tuesday, August 19th at 2 pm: Later at Heritage, two panels will discuss how History Impedes Future Progress in Northeast Asia between Japan and South Korea, and how those unresolved issues might be addressed in order to facilitate strong cooperation among trilateral U.S.-Japan-Relations. Admiral Dennis C. Blair (Ret.) and Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States will deliver keynote addresses. Lee Sung-yoon, Scott Snyder, and Yuki Tatsumi will be on the first panel; Victor Cha, Bruce Klingner, and Evans Revere will participate on the second. RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 20th at 7:30 am: Government Executive Events hosts its third installment of the Cybersecurity Series at the Ronald Reagan Building, entitled Innovations in Cybersecurity. Roberta Stempfley, Michael walker, Barry West, and Adam Firestone will discuss new technology, how to escape shrinking budgets, and the future of government cybersecurity. RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 20th at 10 am: The Woodrow Wilson Center will host an event entitled Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats. Speakers will include Monde Muyangwa, Coleen Vogel, Abdulahi Sanusi, Ezechiel Long, Kevin Rosner, Abebe Aynete, Marius Claassen, Tony Otoa, Elizabth Khaka, and Raymond Gilpin. RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 20th at 2 pm:  The Brookings Institution will host a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the Ukraine Crisis and Russia's Place in the International Order, and how Russia's foreign policy turn impacts America's own foreign and security policy. Thomas Wright will moderate the conversation with Strobe Talbott, Clifford Gaddy, and Susan Glasser. Visit the Brookings website for more information.

Wednesday, August 20th at 4:30 pm: The Institute of World Politics will hold an event entitled Scientific Statecraft: What is It, Who Does It, and Why it's Important? Barbara P. Billauer will give an overview of all the areas in which science can impact policy, and discuss the work of several scientists who left their mark on world policy. RSVP here.

 

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy

ORGANIZATION: Human Fights First

JOB ID: 806077

SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

LOCATION: Washington, DC

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Government Advocacy, the Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy is an integral member of the government advocacy team.  Specializing in human rights advocacy in the defense, national security, and foreign policy communities, the Senior Advocate will devise strategies that frame, elevate, and, ultimately, achieve Human Rights First’s policy objectives by working with the Department of State and the congressional foreign affairs committees. The Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy will work closely with appropriate coalition partners, and coordinate work with Senior Counsel, Defense and Intelligence and Senior Advocate, Defense Policy.   S/He will also provide support to other Human Rights First teams working with these targets, and collaborate closely with Strategic Alliances, Research and Analysis, Communications, and Development departments, as well as other members of the Government Advocacy team, to maximize knowledge, skills, and resources to meet organizational goals.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage Human Rights First advocacy with Department of State and foreign affairs committees, and related advocacy targets :
  • Develop strategies to influence decision makers with a specific focus on Deputy Assistant Secretary level and above and Professional Staff member and above.
  • Identify decision making process on specific objectives, including inter-agency processes.
  • Lead and/or coordinate meetings with Human Rights First experts, leadership, and validators as appropriate.
  • Identify, cultivate, and manage relationships with senior-level policy makers and their staffs.
  • Lead objectives in at least one area of Human Rights First advocacy on the Middle East, Leahy Law, and/or trafficking.
  • Coordinate strategies with other work involving these targets.
  • Track legislation and develop organizational positions and approach, including on appropriations.
  • Lead Human Rights First approach to Congressional hearings in this area and/or involving advocacy targets.  Work with other colleagues to prepare, attend, and follow up hearings, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to projects in the Government Advocacy department, including engagement in major events such as White House initiatives and the Human Rights Summit; mastering advocacy tools such as BGov; studying advocacy campaigns; and cultivating relationships with Washington experts on human rights and U.S. global leadership.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years public affairs experience in a range of settings: government/cabinet agencies, political campaigns, Capitol Hill, or in a leadership role in an advocacy organization, including at least 3 years advising senior-level leaders.
  • Substantive experience in one of the following areas: Middle East, Leahy Law, or trafficking.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the legislative and political process, and experience managing multifaceted advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent political judgment and a keen strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team. Strong emphasis on follow up and completing work on deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please complete the online application found at www.humanrightsfirst.org  under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

 

Senior Advocate, Defense Policy

ORGANIZATION: Human Fights First

JOB ID: 806244

SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

LOCATION: Washington, DC

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Government Advocacy, the Senior Advocate, Defense Policy is an integral member of the government advocacy team.  Specializing in human rights advocacy in the defense, national security, and foreign policy communities, the Senior Advocate will devise strategies that frame, elevate, and, ultimately, achieve Human Rights First’s policy objectives by working with the Department of Defense and the congressional armed services committees.   The Senior Advocate, Defense Policy will work closely with appropriate coalition partners, and coordinate work with Senior Counsel, Defense and Intelligence and Senior Advocate, Foreign Policy.   S/He will also provide support to other Human Rights First teams working with these targets, and collaborate closely with Strategic Alliances, Research and Analysis, Communications, and Development departments, as well as other members of the Government Advocacy team, to maximize knowledge, skills, and resources to meet organizational goals.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage Human Rights First advocacy with Department of Defense and armed services committees, and related advocacy targets:
  • Develop strategies to influence decision makers with a specific focus on Deputy Assistant Secretary level and above and Professional Staff member and above.
  • Identify decision making process on specific objectives, including inter-agency processes.
  • Lead and/or cultivate meetings with experts, leadership, and validators as appropriate.
  • Lead objectives in at least one area of Human Rights First advocacy on the Middle East, Leahy Law, and/or trafficking.
  • Track legislation and develop organizational positions and approach, including on appropriations.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • At least 5 years public affairs experience in a range of settings: government/cabinet agencies, political campaigns, Capitol Hill, or in a leadership role in an advocacy organization, including at least 3 years advising senior-level leaders.
  • Substantive experience in one of the following areas: Middle East, Leahy Law, or trafficking.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the legislative and political process, and experience managing multifaceted advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent political judgment and a keen strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team. Strong emphasis on follow up and completing work on deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please complete the online application found at www.humanrightsfirst.org  under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

 

Intern, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security seeks an intern for the Fall semester 2014.  Unpaid internship will include research and writing in preparation for the 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC.  Intern will also have the opportunity to attend and provide summaries of pertinent Congressional hearings, and participate in monthly breakfast programs featuring prominent speakers in the area of national security law. Fall applicants may be undergraduates or currently in law school. (full or part time)   Deadline for submission: September 10, 2014.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Holly McMahon, Staff Director
ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
[email protected]

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