- Work with FCNL
- Middle East & Iran
Legislative Director for Middle East Policy
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) seeks an experienced lobbyist for the position of Legislative Director for Middle East Policy.
The Legislative Director will lead our Congressional advocacy to achieve a more peaceful, just, ethical and effective U.S. policy in the Middle East. She or he will join our team of lobbyists who develop and lead strategies to advance our legislative priorities in Congress and with the administration.
We’re looking for someone who shares our Quaker community’s fierce commitment to a world free of war and the threat of war and is passionate about defending human rights and the rule of law both domestically and internationally. The Legislative Director must also have a clear-eyed understanding of what is possible with Congress and the administration, a demonstrated ability to focus and achieve legislative success and an ability to work collegially with a large, faith-based advocacy community around the country.
FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
FCNL lobbies from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better, playing a key role in lobbying initiatives on Capitol Hill that focus on racial and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and election integrity.
FCNL’s lobbyists build extensive connections with congressional offices and conduct focused legislative campaigns on the following current priorities: peacebuilding, human rights, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, curtailing endless war, cutting Pentagon spending, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, gun control, solutions to climate change, economic justice and Native American issues. FCNL and Friends approach each of these priorities by identifying, exposing and working to eliminate institutional racism, sexism, and militarism in order to promote genuine equality of opportunity and communities in which everyone can safely live, learn, work, worship and love.
FCNL’s dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both in Washington at two major lobbying events each year, and in local district offices. FCNL informs and educates its network through newsletters and collateral materials and activates its grassroots network through a robust website, email, and social media outreach.
FCNL’s national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. The organization is dedicated to growing the network with a particular emphasis on building effective relationships as a path to policy change. In the past three years, FCNL increased the number of in-person visits from its constituents to legislators by 50 percent. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of about 50, including 20 registered lobbyists.
FCNL has brought Quaker values to bear on national policy throughout its 75-year history through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives. Its strategic direction in the coming years is to create a bigger presence for FCNL—through media and marketing, as well as through its growing and vibrant network of activists.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy is the lead FCNL lobbyist for specific, achievable steps that Congress can take to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, prevent a U.S. war with Iran, remove U.S. forces from Iraq and Syria, promote a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, protect human rights throughout the Middle East, and promote inclusive, diplomatic solutions to help stabilize the region.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy will spend the bulk of his or her time on Capitol Hill, working with members of Congress and their staff members on strategies to achieve a more peaceful, ethical and effective U.S. approach toward the Middle East. The director will also help to mobilize FCNL’s constituents around the country to advocate on these issues in their districts.
The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy is a vital member of FCNL’s legislative team, reporting to the Legislative Director for Foreign Policy. She or he will also work closely with the Strategic Advocacy team to develop focused campaigns in the states of senators and districts of representatives who are key decision-makers on war powers and human rights priorities.
- Lobby Congress and the Executive Branch: The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy builds relationships with key legislative and executive branch officials in order to advance FCNL's Middle East policy priorities.
- Develop a focused change strategy: In consultation with other designated staff, the Legislative Director for Middle East Policy will be responsible for developing and implementing change strategies. She or he must also articulate this change strategy in a manner that is transparent and accessible to our staff, governors and fundraisers, and arrange for periodic assessments and evaluations.
- Coordinate with other FCNL lobbyists: The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy will meet regular with other FCNL staff lobbyists to coordinate on lobby visits, intersecting programs (particularly relating to militarism and human rights) and communications with the Hill and the administration.
- Work with our colleague organizations: FCNL is a leading voice in several important coalitions working on Yemen, Iran, and Israel-Palestine. The Legislative Director will continue to engage specific coalitions that are relevant to FCNL’s change strategies.
- Expand expertise: The Legislative Director for Middle East Policy is FCNL’s staff expert on U.S. policy toward Israel-Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East region. He or she will further develop expertise on these and other issues assigned by the Legislative Director for Foreign Policy. This includes monitoring legislative and policy developments; preparing and distributing fact sheets, background papers, editorials, newsletter articles, and other educational materials for general distribution; briefing FCNL and congressional staff; and overseeing maintenance of web pages on assigned legislative issues.
- Correspond with Congress: She or he will draft letters to and for members of Congress, sign-on letters for relevant coalitions, legislative action messages to grassroots, and sample email texts and phone scripts for use by local advocates.
- Represent FCNL positions in the media: He or she will serve as FCNL spokesperson for issues related to U.S. policy toward the Middle East in interviews with journalists and other media influencers; research and draft op-ed columns, letters to the editor, and reports; and work in coordination with other designated staff to have the same published, distributed, or posted as appropriate.
- Help to advance Friends policy and practice: She or he will work with other FCNL staff and committee members and other Quaker organizations to address the challenges to the Friends Peace Testimony presented by wars, oppression and discrimination in the Middle East.
- Cooperate with Development Team: He or she will work with the FCNL grant writer to seek grants or other institutional support for FCNL’s legislative program activities on issues relevant to this position. For projects that are supported by foundation grants, she or he will fulfill the terms of grant agreements in a timely and professional manner. He or she will also assist the FCNL Development Team to incorporate updates and analysis relating to his or her work into direct mail and other fundraising appeals.
- Manage Young Fellows: She or he will be assigned a program assistant and will be responsible for ensuring the assistant has appropriate and meaningful work, opportunities for professional growth, and constructive oversight and direction.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience and Attributes
- Five or more years’ legislative experience, either as a congressional staff member or as a legislative advocate on Capitol Hill, and a solid familiarity with congressional process.
- Deep knowledge of Middle East politics and policies, especially regarding Israel-Palestine and Iran.
- Strong, bipartisan Congressional contacts, particularly focused on armed services, foreign relations, government oversight, intelligence and/or appropriations committees.
- High motivation and demonstrated ability to design and lead effective change-strategies.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, editing, public speaking and media skills.
- Flexibility and organization to manage numerous tasks and deadlines and adjust to rapid and unpredictable change.
- Collegial and consultative approach to preventing and solving problems. Readiness to take initiative and responsibility.
- Familiarity with Quaker values and practices.
- Commitment to involving, promoting and respecting participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
Salary: Depending on experience.
Work Week: This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5-hour work week, with some travel. Because of the focus on Congress, we expect this individual to work out of our Washington, DC office. Some compensatory time will balance evening and weekend work and travel.
Benefits: Health insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; retirement plan.
Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Legislative Director for Middle East Policy” as the subject. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.