Job Title: Director of Public Affairs

Reports to: President/CEO

Status: Full Time


General Description:

The Director of Public Affairs will lead and coordinate the organizations overall public and governance affairs, as well as communications efforts. Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Public Affairs will develop and implement external relations and communications strategies to broaden the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking’s programs and oversee organizational/coalition messaging and constituent services. The Director is further responsible for building the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking’s backbone identity as a respected, neutral convener in the human trafficking field among a broad spectrum of stakeholders.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide visionary, adaptive leadership, modeling the Collaborative’s guiding values at all times and fostering a culture that reflects them
  • Collaborate with the CEO and senior leadership to develop communications strategies that will broaden programmatic reach of and deepen impact


Strategic Coherence:

  • Maintain understanding of current implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them
  • Provide direction and support to partner organizations in aligning their work to the Common Agenda/Strategic Plan (e.g., identifying opportunities for policy and communications work to support specific goals)
  • Develop advocacy priorities and coordinate supporting activities of partners


Public Policy:

  • Identify and track policies that affect survivors of human trafficking and coalition constituents (hospitals, law enforcement, businesses, service providers, etc.)
  • Provide counsel on Collaborative’s and Coalition position(s)
  • Write content for internal and external audiences; ensure messages are consistent with mission, values, common agenda
  • Coordinate meeting logistics; prepare briefing documents; develop key messages and talking points; conduct follow up


Government Relations:

  • Position Collaborative as respected, neutral convener in the human trafficking field among a broad spectrum of stakeholders
  • Manage relationships with representatives of city, county and state governments
  • Plan and coordinate special events and community forums
  • Represent the Collaborative at meetings
  • Coordinate with other projects and coalitions in the same field to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local, regional and national activities
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners



  • Develop and refine the Collaborative’s “core” messages to ensure organizational consistency
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to support the Collaboratives and its constituents work, and create and implement plans to utilize them
  • Create or manage creation of yearly summary reports of progress for internal and external audiences
  • Serve as executive editor for the organization’s website
  • Oversee organizational response to inquiries about the Collaborative



  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 years of working in the field of Public Affairs/Government Relations/Communications
  • The presence to inspire confidence and passion in both internal and external audiences
  • Advanced strategy and planning skills, including an ability to think strategically on both organizational and systemic levels
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences
  • Ability to build relationships with a cross-sectoral range of stakeholders in the local or regional area
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment; willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” and extend beyond formal responsibilities based on the needs of the work
  • Organized and Self-Directed


The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in an inclusive environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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