Director, Strategic Policy Initiatives


The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for people who use cooperative businesses to build a better world and a more inclusive economy in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 85 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director, Strategic Policy Initiatives, based in Washington, DC.


As part of a team that is seeking to ensure cooperatives make a deeper impact in building a better world and a more inclusive economy, this new position provides leadership for a strategic organizational initiative.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director for Strategic Policy Initiatives (DSPI) position focuses on leading NCBA CLUSA’s effort to deepen impact of cooperatives in building a more inclusive economy. This position is responsible for coordinating and leading the Inclusive Economy Initiative through thought leadership (the creation and marshalling of research and analysis showing the impact of cooperatives on economy and society), publications, presentations, strategic partnerships, and metrics that show how all NCBA CLUSA programs can contribute to building a more inclusive economy.  The Director is responsible for leading the work of the Council of Cooperative Economists – experts from a diverse set of cooperative organizations, research and academic institutions and associations - whose mission is to explore the economic impact and potential of cooperatives. The DSPI will also assist the Cooperative Development Foundation with outreach with development partners.


  • With the CEO and other key colleagues, develops long-term goals and objectives of the initiative, strategies to reach the goals, and indicators to measure impact.
  • Implement Inclusive Economy Initiatives and its activities in accordance with the vision, mission and goals of NCBA CLUSA.
  • Cultivates, maintains and manages professional relationships and partnerships with key external stakeholders who have shared interests in creating an inclusive economy.
  • Leads the work of the Council of Cooperative Economists (CCE), who are experts from a diverse set of cooperative sectors, research and academic institutions and associations exploring the economic impact and potential of cooperatives.
  • Assists CDF Executive Director with stakeholder outreach involving both potential funders and development partners.
  • Leads the thought leadership agenda by creating and developing content and products (publications, events, etc.) that increases the visibility and credibility of cooperatives and their role in building a more inclusive economy; manage projects that further the goals of the inclusive economy initiative, including deliverables such as reports, data analysis and visualization products, mapping tools, and convenings.
  • Develops a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the inclusive economy initiative and identify areas for improvement; closely monitor the progress of this effort and prepare periodic reports for the President and Board.
  • Recruits participants and create content for NCBA CLUSA-sponsored events, such as the Cooperative IMPACT conference, convenings, webinars, etc.
  • In coordination with the Communications team, recruits writers and create content for the Cooperative Business Journal and identify and generate items for publication both within and external to the cooperative community.
  • In coordination with the Vice President for Advocacy and the senior leadership team, supports a robust policy agenda to advance and defend cooperatives, including white papers, testimony and other such advocacy materials for sophisticated audiences at the state, federal and international levels.
  • Works with the senior leadership team to cultivate strategic partnerships that can help advance the inclusive economy initiative, including with the Cooperative Development Foundation.
  • Participates in high-level, long-range planning and policy discussions internally and with stakeholder groups to foster broad understanding of the strategic drivers of NCBA CLUSA’s engagement and policy issues in accordance with the mission of NCBA CLUSA.
  • Monitors electronic and print media, special reports, studies, and other information sources relevant to the inclusive economy initiative to keep abreast of relevant trends and issues that allow NCBA CLUSA to maintain a competitive edge and a clear voice on the issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Economics, Political or Social Science or Business Administration with proven extensive experience in public policy and community economic development. A Master’s degree and/or experience in cooperative development and/or policy, strongly preferred.
  • Six to eight years’ experience working in community economic development (domestic or international), policy analysis, legislative/regulatory process or other relevant settings preferred.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize materials and produce well-written reports.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in English; strong writing and proofreading a must.
  • Demonstrated characteristics: ethical and self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, organizational skills, and team player.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities under time constraints.
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Microsoft Office skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

This position requires a strong ethical and positive attitude, attention to details, ability to motivate people and work in a team, ability to set priorities, negotiate, problem solve, and demonstrate strong interpersonal communications skills.


None required.


Excellent ability to read, write and speak English.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others.  The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 lbs. and lift to 10 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The noise level should remain low to moderate during the normal business hours.

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


This position works closely with and under the direction of the President and CEO and the senior leadership team.   They are expected work in a positive, professional manner with all staff, members and the public.

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NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.  Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202.638.6222.


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