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Who Are We?
Our About Page spells it out: from fighting to reduce Pentagon spending, to supporting diplomacy with Iran, to stopping U.S complicity in the Saudi and UAE-led war in Yemen, to putting an end to endless war, we’ve been helping build more peaceful, progressive U.S. foreign policy for almost 20 years.
But who are we?
As individuals, we come from a wide variety of backgrounds — many of us come from outside DC, outside the world of legislation or politics, and many of us started outside of the realm of foreign policy. We are united by our progressive values, a drive to change the status quo, and an activist spirit that propels our work.
As a team, we know the importance of balancing our challenging work with humor, kindness, and a human-to-human connection with our teammates. We strive to create a sustainable work/life balance that values both the issues we work on and our whole lives. We’ve built a supportive team environment that includes flexible working hours, sustainable workloads, and ample time off. We aim to build each other up by giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback with care. We work collaboratively and respect the leadership and expertise of everyone on our team.
Win Without War is part of a network composed of organizations representing a diverse and inclusive movement to radically shift U.S. foreign policy away from a violence-first approach. We want our team to include leaders at every level who recognize the communities and movements our policies impact and reflect the diversity of the United States. Communities disproportionately harmed by the militaristic nationalism driving U.S. foreign policy and underrepresented in the broader field of foreign policy – including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates – are strongly encouraged to apply. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Who Are Our Fellows?
We’re looking for new and aspiring progressive activists, organizers, and campaigners to help us build the future of U.S. foreign policy that we want to see. Our fellows know building the world we want means democratizing foreign policy by making it accessible and actionable to the broader public. And recognizing there are many ways to accomplish this, fellows are excited to bring their ideas and creative energy to our team to turn those ideas into actions.
Fellows are more than the sum of their work and expertise — they are heart-driven, positive, collaborative, fun, kind, and want to be part of a team and network that feels that way too. Our fellows are excited to be in community with our small team as we work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
The Policy and Advocacy Fellow will support our work with Congress, researching and advocating on legislation and policies related to our issue sets.
In addition to regular responsibilities within these programmatic areas, there will also be expectations and opportunities for the Fellow to assist with cross-programmatic work and needs as they arise (i.e. with our operations work and Digital Campaigns Program).
Fellows can expect to learn:
- To track Congress and legislation on a daily basis
- To assist with research and drafting policy memos and Congressional education resources such as fact sheets, backgrounders, messaging guidance, and hearing questions
- About public policy and the legislative process by assisting staff and watching and reporting on legislative hearings, briefings, rallies, and related events
- To monitor legislative and news developments on Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, arms sales, the defense budget, nuclear weapons policy, climate security, international development, peacebuilding, civilian protection, global public health, refugee and asylum policies, border militarization, and related issues
- To help develop and test new strategies to democratize foreign policy and make policy content more accessible to grassroots activists and the public
- The process of drafting, editing, and supporting quality control for WWW content across the organization (e.g., Congressional advocacy emails, op-eds, press releases, messaging guides, grassroots campaign emails, and newsletters)
- To maintain organizational data and software management
- To work collaboratively across the team, which includes supporting other programmatic work as necessary
Fellows should have:
- An interest in working independently and taking initiative
- Interest in/knowledge of some U.S. legislative and political processes
- An interest in a broad set of progressive foreign policy issues (global security, climate change, international development, human rights, migration, public health, etc.), key political actors/influencers, and movement partners
- Interest in progressive movements and building advocacy coalitions
- Impeccable attention to detail; excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills
Experience with one or more of the following areas isn’t required, but is a plus:
- Previous experience with Congress and/or elected officials
- Previous experience with grassroots advocacy and/or political organizing, such as canvassing, phone banking, organizing town halls, etc.
- Previous experience with public affairs software such as Quorum