Director of MCC U.S. National Advocacy and Program

Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee is currently searching for the next Director of MCC U.S. National Advocacy and Program!

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Synopsis: The director is a senior management position in MCC U.S., responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of advocacy and national program. The director facilitates strong connections between international and domestic programming, supervises MCC U.S. national program and advocacy staff, leads and monitors strategic planning for the department as directed by the Executive Director and in collaboration with the MCC U.S. regions, and leads the budgeting process for the department. Department staff work closely together in a team arrangement. This position is administratively responsible to the MCC U.S. Executive Director and relates closely with the International Program Director MCC U.S. regions and the MCC Ottawa and United Nations advocacy offices.  The director is part of the MCC U.S. Management Team. As budgets and travel conditions allow, this position may involve significant travel away from home with a minimum of 20% in normal travel times.

Location: Washington D.C.

Start Date: October 15, 2020. Start date flexible.

Qualifications:   All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply. Legal eligibility to be employed in the U.S. is required.   Qualifications for this specific role include:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience, preferably with training in areas such as advocacy, economics, community development, political science, seminary or related fields,
  • Cross-cultural Christian service experience preferred
  • Skill in leading staff including maintaining a faith focus in their work
  • Capacity to negotiate organizational and theological differences
  • 3-5 years leadership and management experience, preferably in a church or social service or public policy/advocacy agency, including demonstration of the following skills: listening, dialogue, writing, abstract thinking, developing and communicating a vision, decision-making, financial and personnel management
  • Significant advocacy experience
  • Demonstrated skills in analysis of complex issues and systems; excellent writing and public speaking skills; and ability to communicate about complex issues in simple language
  • Capacity for biblical/theological reflection from an Anabaptist perspective on public policy issues
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the full range of MCC Anabaptist constituency
  • English fluency required; second language preferred. Spanish is an asset.
  • Demonstrated commitment to confronting poverty, racism and injustice.


Advanced communication skills are used to relate internally, including chairing staff committees and preparing/giving presentations (training, reporting) to staff, and externally, with constituents and partners. Must take initiative to strengthen network connections, both internally and externally. Extensive investment in relationships required, both internally with domestic and international offices of MCC; MCC advocacy offices in Canada and the UN; and externally with supporting denominations, faith-based and other advocacy colleagues in the DC area.


This position supervises 7 staff who are located in Washington DC and other locations within the U.S.


The director understands and appreciates the theological, cultural, racial and ethnic differences among MCC U.S. constituent groups including constituent groups under-represented in MCC.  The director is effective in guiding and directing MCC U.S. advocacy and national program to fulfill the board mandated strategic directions and MCC’ s mission. Requires creativity and originality to address tasks. He/she must be able to problem solve as issues arise. The director helps to facilitate effective collaborations and partnerships throughout all MCC entities and programs (international and domestic), and outside MCC.

Independent Action

This person is capable of independent judgment to achieve goals, many of which are conducted collaboratively with others, including domestic (national, regional) and international program staff, and based on broadly defined outcomes. The director determines his/her own methods, approaches and priorities to accomplish the task in consultation with the Executive Director. This position must be able to lead a team, build collaborative relationships, provide motivation for organizational directions and multi-task among a variety of administrative functions.

End Result

Director led activities in national-level program and advocacy result in significant and measurable progress toward MCC, and MCC U.S. strategic directions and priorities. MCC U.S. national and regional relationships related to program and advocacy are strong. Networks function successfully. Connections are solid with constituent groups (supporting conferences and denominations, including groups under-represented in MCC). Constituent engagement in addressing issues of injustice is increased.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Providing departmental vision, leadership and supervision (60%)
  2. Constituent and ecumenical relations (10%)
  3. Policy advocacy including writing and organizational linkages (30%)

Detail of major responsibilities.

  1. Providing vision, leadership and supervision (60%)
    • Work with regions, denominations, international program to determine priority areas for advocacy, education and program with government, communities and constituency.
    • Lead staff in staying grounded in MCC’s mission to share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ.
    • Supervise U.S. advocacy and national program staff.
    • Provide overall vision and direction for the MCC/MCC U.S. relationship to the U.S. government and constituency education on peace and justice priorities.
    • Approve all public communications to U.S. federal government
    • Lead departmental process of planning, monitoring, evaluation/reporting in collaboration with regions.
    • Lead annual budgeting process and ensure adherence.
    • Ensure strong system wide advocacy and program networks.
  2. Constituent and ecumenical relations (10%)
    • Collaborate internally with the communications and donor relations network to ensure consistent messaging to constituency.
    • Oversee planning of trainings, webinars, workshops, etc. for constituents.
    • Represent MCC U.S. among constituent groups as agreed upon with the U.S. Executive Director and ensure staff engagement with constituency through trainings and public speaking.
    • Participate in directors team meetings as invited.
    • Develop strong relationships with Anabaptist constituency in the U.S.
    • Represent MCC U.S. in Washington Interreligious Staff Community and other likeminded coalitions
  3. Policy advocacy (30%)
    • Write articles for publication and letters to government policymakers conveying MCC’s and MCC partners’ perspectives.
    • Ensure regular communication with relevant MCC staff related to priority policy issues,
    • Lead facilitation of MCC constituents, staff and partners in meetings with U.S. government officials and policymakers.
    • Lead staff in writing and signing onto letters to government policymakers, conveying MCC’s perspective.
    • Write articles, alerts, one-pagers and other educational materials as necessary to educate policymakers and constituents.
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