Policy Manager

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

About the organization

Potential is equally distributed; opportunity is not. A major driver of healthy development and opportunity is who you know and who’s in your corner.

30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand that opportunity for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement, serving as the expert and go-to resource on quality mentoring. The result- more than 10x increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships, from hundreds of thousands to millions.

Today, we activate a movement across sectors that is diverse and broad and seeps into every aspect of daily life. We are connecting and fueling opportunity for young people everywhere they are from schools to workplaces and beyond.


MENTOR seeks a full-time Policy Manager to join the Government Relations team. The Policy Manager will support MENTOR’s policy agenda by analyzing legislation, developing working relationships with bipartisan Congressional offices, and identifying opportunities to expand youth mentoring opportunities via federal policy and funding. The role will work to mobilize support to advance youth mentoring and strengthen engagement with Members of Congress on issues related to mentoring through events, coalition building with other nonprofit organizations, and more.

The Policy Manager will have the opportunity to build and grow relationships with MENTOR’s national Affiliate Network by serving as a connector between Congress and each Affiliate. In concert with the Director of Grassroots the Policy Manager and local Affiliate staff will leverage opportunities to advance policy and funding goals.

This role is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Senior Director of Government Relations. Occasional travel, evening and weekend hours is required.


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 3+ years of work experience in policy or community-led advocacy
Excellent verbal, analytical, written, and interpersonal communication skills, emphasizing the ability to clearly summarize complex issues for audiences with varying degrees of capacity and knowledge related to policy.
High attention to detail and demonstrated organizational and project management skills
Experience working in cross-functional teams; oriented towards the needs of internal and external stakeholders
Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
Desire to work collaboratively across organizational functions and with program and administrative staff to drive towards shared outcomes
Capitol Hill experience preferred
Nonprofit or other youth advocacy experience a plus


Starting at $60,000

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Contact email: [email protected]

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