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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 programmatic teams’ efforts to bring research and evidence into the policymaking process. The advocacy team is responsible for working with the organization’s programmatic teams to develop and execute 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 advocacy capacity and advance the organization’s health care policy priorities by identifying opportunities, making strategic investments, and providing expert issue campaign guidance to key stakeholders in order to advance federal and state policy. This position will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will report into the Executive Vice President of Advocacy.

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 lean, nimble, and high-functioning team to deploy advocacy strategies at the federal and state levels
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by the Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic campaign plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring performance
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, new and existing grantees, and policymakers
  • Engage in planning with Arnold Ventures team members to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities 
  • Ensure the successful implementation and integration of communications strategies and coalition activities within our health care portfolio goals and investments

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public policy, political science, health care, economics, business, or law 
  • At least 15 years of relevant senior-level experience 
  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact campaign strategies at the federal or state level
  • Demonstrated success managing grassroots strategies, field organization, and digital campaigns
  • Experience supporting policy advocacy and lobbying, working in legislative or executive branch offices on public policy issues at the federal or state level
  • Experience building and managing coalitions and strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests
  • Knowledgeable of federal and state policymaking systems, processes, and political activity reporting requirements
  • Independent and creative thinker that uses a strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing advocacy solutions
  • Strong leadership and management skills, and develops a highly motivating atmosphere in which team members feel energized, engaged and enthusiastic about achieving goals

Required Knowledge/​Skills/​Abilities

  • Passion for Arnold Ventures’ mission, motivated and energized by creating positive social change
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience leading and facilitating executive-level discussions
  • Collaborative, solicits and values multiple perspectives, shares knowledge, and partners with all stakeholders to make change
  • Able to deal with ambiguity, thrives in rapidly evolving environment
  • Flexible and agile, responsive to feedback, open to changing direction, focuses on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Ability to understand and translate technical and theoretical concepts to multiple audiences
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

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. 

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.

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