Director of Programs and Advocacy

New York, United States
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00
May 17, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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.

About AAPF

Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank housed inside Columbia Law School that connects academics, activists, and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. We promote frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized in society. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally.


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:
Compensation will commensurate with experience falling within the range of $70,000-$80,000. 

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and legal or social sciences writing sample to

AAPF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace that strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

AAPF does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination with respect to race, religion, color, social or ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), age, physical, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal laws.


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