Managing Director, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy

Washington, DC /
Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) – Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy /
Full Time - Union
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

The Managing Director is a senior leader within the organization responsible for managing the internal day-to-day operations of the Policy, Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) division and helping to ensure that the division runs efficiently, maintains compliance, practices good financial stewardship, and meets its programmatic targets while also supporting company-wide strategic goals and initiatives. In this role, the Managing Director will also play a leadership role in guiding the PCA division through the ongoing national office leadership transition including managing structural realignments, tending to cultural shifts and morale management, standing up operational units, shepherding holistic employee engagement and leadership development, establishing division-wide goals and roadmaps, as well as making PCA an overall great place to work. 

The Managing Director serves as a leading thought-partner to the Senior Vice-President, working closely with the Organizing, Engagement, & Campaigns; Public Policy Litigation & Law; and Government Relations team leads within the PCA division to ensure strong communication and coordination between departments, as well as cross-division of advocacy teams including Communications; Health Care Division; Development; and Strategic Partnerships to advance Planned Parenthood goals and build the movement for progressive change. 

The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader and manager of both people and projects, and bring strong organizational skills and top-notch attention to detail to the position. They will have impeccable discretion, an unflappable approach, and excellent relationship-building and problem-solving skills. The position reports to the Senior Vice-President of PCA and is based in Washington, DC with flexibility until the DC office is open.


    • Drive strong communication and coordination across the PCA division and lead cross-departmental initiatives
    • Own division-wide management bodies and ensure that structures are designed to best support the work and our values, including respecting and honoring all people.
    • Design and lead weekly division-wide huddle and Management Team meetings and monthly Leadership Team meetings.
    • Coordinate annual PCA retreat to unite PCA staff around a shared purpose.
    • Ensure that the division as a whole receives regular updates on key areas of work through written and verbal updates.
    • Work to create and sustain new internal systems and structure (e.g., communication systems, meeting structure, consistency of titles across departments) to match our needs as a large organization.
    • Ensure that decisions are communicated to the appropriate staff.
    • Drive additional cross-departmental internal initiatives (e.g., developing stronger professional development systems, amending our broader meeting structure). 
    • Oversee the day-to-day work of the OSVP, including planning for key deadlines and meetings to ensure work is on track, managing the OSVP budget, managing the division-wide calendar and ensuring that the PCA is prepared for all meetings and events.
    • Lead annual budgeting and mid-year reforecasting to ensure that the PCA has clear priorities that align with the National Office strategy and the resources to support them.
    • Own action planning around PCA employee engagement, ensuring that we are making strides to improve survey ratings and are aligned as a division on top priorities.
    • Serve as a point person and partner to finance, HR, facilities, security, and IT on operational work related to PCA division and the DC office, consulting and serving as a coordination hub where applicable.
    • Serve as a thought partner and resource to the SVP and VPs within PCA to resolve strategic and structural questions facing the division and issues related to the management of individual teams.
    • Work with senior staff across the organization to support relevant organizational management responsibilities, such as quarterly board updates.
    • Act as “Chief Problem Solver” to resolve ad hoc challenges arise and develop and implement solutions that work. Lead day-to-day conflict resolution and serve as a final decision-maker, as needed.
    • Lead by example; set high performance standards for self and staff. Foster a positive, team environment of achievement and ensure staff accountability through clearly defined and measurable goals.
    • Build a sense of teamwork and ownership, empowering staff through active communication and delegation.
    • Create systems for intradepartmental and interdepartmental collaboration and hold department heads accountable for participating in those systems and working towards a greater sense of team.
    • Create an environment that welcomes differences of opinion and promotes respect for others, and fosters trust and cooperation. 


    • Track record of success in management and leadership: 10+ years of applicable, progressively responsible experience combined with a demonstrated ability to achieve results, manage people and projects, instill a sense of confidence and bring people along in the process.
    • Strong leadership development and management skills, professional training and/or experience in leadership development, organizational development and coaching preferred.
    • Ability to consistently execute and manage exceptional work. A sense of urgency necessary to drive change paired with the patience and flexibility to understand that not all demands are equal.
    • Detail-oriented and organized: Able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
    • Relationship-builder: Proven ability to build deep, trusting, and effective work relationships with a variety of internal and external partners. A team player with exceptional oral and written communication skills and interpersonal savvy.
    • Effective problem-solver, with judgement and discretion: Ability to quickly determine which problems and challenges can be resolved independently versus those that require input and the ability to make it so. Experience working with sensitive information and emotional maturity to handle varying complex situations appropriately.
    • 10+ years of related, progressively responsible work experience in organizing, campaigns, government, or nonprofit management, including supervisory and management experience.
    • Advanced knowledge of Google products with excellent presentation skills.
    • Knowledge of diverse groups, working with a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences is essential.
    • This position will need to respond to the needs of a fast-paced operation which requires after-hours availability. 


    • As needed

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