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- Senior Director of Policy and Mobilization, USA

Senior Director of Policy and Mobilization
Harm Reduction Coalition

Do you want to join a dynamic and growing organization working to advance harm reduction policies and practices across the United States? Do you have a deep understanding of how the nation’s history of racialized drug policies has caused egregious harm to people most vulnerable to structural violence?

Do you have the knowledge and skills to create and launch advocacy campaigns that lead to tangible changes in the lives of people who use drugs and their communities? 

Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking a dynamic team leader and project manager who will lead our advocacy and community mobilization efforts including national and state-level strategic campaigns, legislative advocacy, and coalition building. 

The Senior Director of Policy and Mobilization leads Harm Reduction Coalition’s advocacy and community mobilization efforts including national and state-level strategic campaigns, legislative advocacy, and coalition-building. As a key member of the leadership team, this position is deeply engaged in several components of our new strategic priorities: Getting to Fifty, our flagship syringe access expansion initiative, Ending Overdose, aimed at reducing barriers to community-driven solutions to the overdose epidemic, Movement Building, weaving harm reduction programs, advocates, and allies into a powerful grassroots movement, and Racial Justice, bridging our work with adjacent, intersectional social justice movements.

Harm Reduction Coalition is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and strategic thinker with a deep understanding of cross-cutting issues that impact people who use drugs including syringe access and disposal, criminalization and incarceration, infectious disease, overdose, and stigma.


Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission is to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use. As a national advocacy and capacity building organization, Harm Reduction Coalition aims to shift power and resources to people most vulnerable to structural violence and racialized drug policies. We advance harm reduction policy and practice through five core programs:

    harm reduction policy and advocacy;
    national training and capacity building initiatives;
    national and regional conferences;
    publications and resources; and,
    technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis.

Collectively, these core programs aim to shift power and resources to people most vulnerable to structural violence and work toward our North Star Statement: Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies.


    Drive our federal and state advocacy strategies. Design and oversee the execution of advocacy initiatives and lead in crafting policy positions and messaging that advance our strategic priorities.
    Center the voices of people with lived experience. Harness the power of the harm reduction community by working directly with people who use drugs, people engaged in sex work, people living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis, and allies to identify policy priorities and provide leadership and mentoring on advocacy skills.
    Cultivate relationships with key national partners. Create strong, lasting partnerships with individuals and groups who share our values and have the political will and expertise to help advance our mission.
    Create clear, effective, values-driven campaign strategies. Work closely with the communications team to develop and launch aspirational messaging and strategic campaigns that mobilize the harm reduction community to take action and drive new allies to our movement.
    Use cutting edge data and storytelling to change hearts and minds. Stay abreast of new research, community trends, and policy developments that impact people who use drugs. Oversee the creation of compelling personal narratives, policy briefs, written testimony, memos, sign-on letters, press releases, and other advocacy materials.
    Represent our work to policymakers and partners. Participate in coalitions and working groups, meetings with Congressional offices and Administration officials, and conferences and events.
    Align advocacy strategies with our North Star Statement. Infuse racial justice across our policy and mobilizing activities.


    Supervise and recruit full-time policy staff and provide team leadership.
    Develop proposals and reports to funders and contribute to further program development and fundraising.
    Ensure coordination and collaboration with other Harm Reduction Coalition departments and teams, and contribute to national conference planning and other relevant events as needed.
    Coordinate team meetings and participate in other internal meetings and work groups as appropriate or requested.


    Minimum five years experience in strategic policy and advocacy and/or community.
    Possess the drive and skills to win policy changes that make tangible impacts in the lives of people who use drugs and their communities.
    Dedication and connection to improving access to resources and building power among people most vulnerable to structural violence (e.g. people of color, people who use drugs, people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, etc).
    Experience working across intersecting movements, such as criminal justice, racial and economic justice, housing, health care, sex work, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, etc.
    Possess a deep understanding of the power of coalitions, personal stories, and the involvement and leadership of people with lived experience in advocacy.
    Possess strong analytical skills and the ability to think strategically about systems and structures that impact access to services (e.g. state and federal policy, health department regulations, health insurance, funding allocations, etc.).
    Strong project management and team building skills, with a focus on staff professional development, collective accountability, and consistent communication.
    Ability and comfort to engage with a wide range of audiences - from health departments to community members to elected officials - on issues related to harm reduction, hepatitis C and HIV, overdose, drug treatment, stigma, and racial justice.
    Experience working remotely; experience supervising remote staff preferred.
    Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
    Highly detail-oriented, responsive, and able to meet deadlines.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.

SALARY RANGE: $90,000 - $100,000 annual

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director of Policy and Strategy

FLSA STATUS: Full-time, exempt

TRAVEL: Position requires heavy travel (more than 21 days per year).

People who currently use or have a history of substance use, sex workers, people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, or people who have experienced housing insecurity are strongly encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Harm Reduction Coalition views the experiences associated with these identities as assets in this role and within our organization.


Please email a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject line should read: “Sr. Director of Policy and Mobilization position – last name”.  The attachments should adhere to the following naming convention: “Lastname, Firstname_Cover Letter.” Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or visits please. Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2019.

Job posted on 18th July 2019
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