Senior Director of Government Affairs

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Criminal Justice | Full-time

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About Color Of Change

Color Of Change is one of the largest Black-led racial justice organizations in the country driven by 7 million e-mail and SMS subscribers. Our power comes from our ability to translate our members' voices into the leverage needed to win real-world change for Black people. 

From our work to replace district attorneys unwilling to punish violent police officers to pushing back against Silicon Valley enablers of white nationalists,  Color Of Change has a winning track record of holding decision-makers - corporate and political - accountable to Black people. 

Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Color Of Change has spent more than a decade building power by leveraging an inside-outside approach to advocacy and we’re eager to expand our capacity to win progressive legislative policy changes that result in closing equity gaps for Black people.

Role Summary

We’re seeking a seasoned, creative, and savvy person to build our government affairs department from the ground up.  

The right candidate will have a deep understanding of Color Of Change’s unique history, work, and role within movements. In addition to having existing relationships within movement, on the Hill, and in the administration, the perfect candidate will be able to shrewdly leverage inside and outside strategies to maximize change for Black people. You’re also an excellent supervisor that can attract and support talented staff. 

There has never been a more exciting time to join Color Of Change. The organization is making deep investments in expanding our government affairs capacity given our growing power and we’re looking for a unique individual with inside-relationships and out-of-the-box thinking who is capable of building a team to build federal (and eventually) state power for Black people.

This senior-level position will help set the vision for the organization's government affairs strategy, build and manage a team to advance that vision, and serve as an organizational thought leader and public face with funders, partners, and media. The Senior Director of Government Affairs will join the organization’s senior leadership team.


Internal Vision & Leadership

  • Leverage Color Of Change’s unique power and voice to win real-world racial and economic justice victories that Black people can feel.
  • Function as Color Of Change’s lead internal expert on the federal policy-making process
  • Develop and align key internal stakeholders around a multi-issue government affairs strategy by establishing a clear vision, consistently communicating it to all stakeholders, and implementing it in a continuously changing environment
  • Collaborate closely with department heads to identify opportunities to advance the organization mission
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with key government officials
  • Strategically manage human, financial, and information resources, including developing and executing plans and budgets 
  • Recruit and retain high-performing staff, while taking responsibility to resolve performance challenges that might develop on the team 
  • Establish internal systems for alignment in a rapid response organization

Thought Leadership & External Communications

  • Serve as the Color Of Change spokesperson on government affairs topics to external audiences like funders, potential funders, partners, panels, and media where appropriate.
  • Represent Color Of Change in coalitions focused on federal policy interventions


You have a proven ability to win change. The right candidate knows how the Federal Government works, is a strong communicator, and has the vision to build not only a strategy but a team. 

Additional qualifications include:

  • Excellent leadership, team building, and management skills, including coaching and mentorship abilities
  • Able to build strong interpersonal relationships with senior management throughout the organization
  • Ability to translate big-picture thinking into written plans and presentations, and are confident in presenting and advocating those plans both internally and externally
  • Demonstrable experience developing and analyzing policy proposals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently
  • Eight to ten years of experience in government affairs (or adjacent-role); five years in management or leadership role. However, we are willing to consider exceptional candidates with excellent real-world experience who don’t precisely meet this experience standard.
  • A fierce commitment to winning real-world change and building independent political power for Black people.

How to Apply

Click the "Apply for this position" link below and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

More Information

The salary for the role is $165,000. This position reports to the Sr. Campaign Director, Scott Roberts. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.