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Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

The Arnold Ventures’ Advocacy team strengthens the organization’s partnerships with federal and state governments and supports our policy teams’ efforts to bring research and evidence into the policymaking process. The Advocacy team is responsible for working with the organization’s policy and research teams to develop and execute legislative advocacy campaigns around our policy priorities; building, resourcing, and maintaining strategic alliances with engaged and influential state and national partners and stakeholders.

Arnold Ventures seeks to add a dynamic, senior-level team member to build federal and state advocacy capacity and advance the organization’s policy priorities by identifying opportunities, making strategic investments, and providing expert public affairs campaign guidance to key stakeholders. This individual will be responsible for the development, evolution, and execution of federal and state advocacy strategies and public affairs campaigns in collaboration with senior programmatic team members on the Programs and Public Finance departments, as well as the Executive Vice President of Advocacy. 

This position will primarily lead advocacy strategies for two portfolios: Higher Education and Public Finance. Arnold Ventures Higher Education team focuses on improving transparency and accountability of higher education institutions through research and federal policy change. The Higher Education portfolio sits within the Programs department which leads new issue exploration and incubation for Arnold Ventures and develops and executes philanthropic strategies across a wide range of targeted issue areas. Arnold Ventures’ Public Finance team seeks to advance tax and budget policies that will promote fiscal stability for governments – with a focus on the Federal government – and economic opportunity, mobility, and security for all. The charitable investments across these departments seek to fund and support critical research, on-the-ground policy efforts, and technical assistance.

Core Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Arnold Ventures’ Executive Vice President of Advocacy, other key members of the advocacy team, and programmatic team members to develop and refine the organization’s investment and partnership strategies to advance policy priorities;
  • Lead a small, high-functioning team to deploy multiple advocacy strategies simultaneously at the federal and state level;
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by the Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic advocacy campaign plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring performance;
  • Build and manage relationships with key bipartisan stakeholders and policymakers; 
  • Engage in planning with Arnold Ventures team members to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities; and 
  • Ensure the successful implementation and integration of communications strategies and coalition activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree(s) in public policy or a related field;
  • At least 15 years of relevant senior-level experience working in public affairs, government, consulting, campaign management or trade associations;
  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact public affairs campaign strategies;
  • Demonstrated success advising and managing consultants, lobbyists and legislative advocacy strategies;
  • Experience building and managing coalitions and strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests; and
  • Knowledgeable of federal and state policymaking systems, processes, and political activity reporting requirements.

Our Culture and Core Values

Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture. 

  • We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity. 
  • We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback.
  • We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals impacted by the justice system. 

Arnold Ventures’ values are integral to our lived experience. They genuinely reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

  • Respect for Ourselves & Others
  • Audacious Action
  • Collaborative Engagement
  • Depth of Thought
  • Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/​veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.



Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.