Position: Associate Director of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy
Department: Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy
Direct Reports: None
Date Issued: February 8, 2021
Date Revised: N/A
Location: Washington, DC (currently remote and following CDC guidelines)
Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale
of the problem - 25 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work.
For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National
Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable, and built the largest
known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. Informed by data and evidence, working closely with
Polaris’s programmatic experts, and guided by survivors, we identify meaningful and effective policy solutions
and build holistic advocacy strategies to pass legislation and change policies to prevent and combat human
trafficking and the underlying inequities and oppressions that make it possible.
The Associate Director of Public Policy and Strategic Advocacy will significantly expand Polaris’s policy and
advocacy capacity by helping to revive and grow our work at the state and local level. Working in partnership
with Polaris’s programmatic teams, the Associate Director will develop and implement campaigns in target
cities and states to achieve specific policy goals that contribute to our long-term strategies to dismantle the
systems that enable human trafficking to happen in the first place. Alongside the Director of Public Policy
and Strategic Advocacy, the Associate Director will also be a key player driving the development and growth
of a grassroots and grasstops network to support Polaris’s advocacy efforts.
The Associate Director will have a successful track record of state and/or local advocacy or issue-based
campaigning, an understanding of grassroot organizing and digital advocacy, and experience developing
coalitions and partnerships. They will be a strategic thinker with strong written and verbal communication
skills and a commitment to achieving results.
This job description provides a summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by individuals in this position.
Incumbents may be asked to perform other tasks not specifically written in this job.
VALUES: Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs and strives to model and embody
these values in all that it does.
Polaris designs and implements data-driven strategies to prevent and disrupt human trafficking, and restore
freedom to survivors. Achieving this ambitious goal requires both trafficking-specific systemic interventions
and broader cultural and structural shifts that reduce the inequities that lead to human trafficking. While
Polaris alone cannot build a more diverse, just, equitable, and inclusive society, both the success of our work
and our organizational values require modeling in the workplace the change we want to see in the world.
This means cultivating a workforce, organizational culture, and priorities that respect and celebrate a dynamic,
multi-disciplinary team made up of individuals with different identities, lived experiences, and backgrounds.
Within both our team and across every part of our work, we strive to integrate and elevate the full range of
This is a living commitment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values to be manifested daily, in the work we
do, the decisions we make, and the way that we treat each other and the people we seek to serve. This means
creating space where staff can be included, heard, valued, and set up for success, and where everyone feels
empowered to bring their full, best selves to work. We will not check boxes and consider it done. We will
push new innovations and different ways of thinking, and treasure the community built and strengthened by
each of our contributions.