National Urban League

Washington Bureau

Washington, DC

Senior Director, Appropriations and Budget


The National Urban League has had a formal presence in the U.S. Capitol for more than 50 years, advancing policies that protect and expand civil rights for more than 50 years. The “Washington Office” as it was first known, was charged with building a direct relationship with the federal government in the interest of protecting and expanding civil rights for all Americans. From its inception, the Office worked to ensure the Urban League had a voice in the legislative process, educating and advising lawmakers on the challenges and injustices facing urban America.   

Today, The Washington Bureau, as it is now known, focuses on policy and advocacy goals grounded in the local program experiences of the Urban League’s more than 90 affiliates throughout the U.S. Informed by this on-the-ground, real-world perspective, the Bureau is uniquely qualified to lead policy discussions that directly impact the capacity of urban communities to grow and prosper. Through its D.C. presence, the Urban League pushes for greater resources and more effective policies to advance economic and social equality.


A newly created role, the Senior Director, Appropriations and Budget is primarily responsible for developing high-level strategies and advising the Senior Vice President/Executive Director and the Vice President, Policy & Legislative Affairs on policy, advocacy, and affiliate education in the areas of appropriations and budget.  The Senior Director will help shape the organization’s legislative and policy agenda and develop strategies on these issues.  This is a highly specialized role that requires a deep understanding of the nuances of the appropriations process and how decisions are made to address the allocation of discretionary portion of the federal budget.  These decisions have a direct impact on NUL as one-third of its funding comes from federal programs.

Primary Responsibilities

Advocate for overall funding levels and specific language to be included in appropriations bills

Conduct key outreach to various affiliates, governmental, non-profits, and educational institutions

Maintain an understanding of relevant national legislation and analyze as needed to rapidly respond to governmental policies and trends

Identify potential opportunities within legislative bills that have associated funding streams and push the legislative language that will create direct opportunities for NUL

Identify ways to preserve and expand existing funding opportunities and create new opportunities

Help shape and synthesize NUL’s policy platform on significant issues

Identify and maintain relationships with key committee staff, advocacy groups, and lawmakers

Advocate for legislative priorities and represent NUL at various convenings, conferences, and other public events.

Provide policy-based technical assistance to affiliates of NUL

Manage meetings with other civil rights organizations and stakeholders.

To Apply: 

To discuss further, in confidence, or to offer referrals, or apply via email

Sandra Goldman  

Vice President & Managing Associate