The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is looking for a dynamic and high integrity individual who is committed to making an impact on the health and well-being of people worldwide to join the External Affairs team as a Director of Advocacy and Policy. The Advocacy and Policy Director supports IWBI’s efforts to advocate for policies at the local, state and federal levels that advance health and well-being solutions in buildings, businesses and communities worldwide. 

This position's key responsibility is to inform, manage and execute on IWBI’s advocacy and policy priorities, identifying opportunities to support and leverage policies that lower barriers to health access and that encourage health-promoting design and operations strategies. The Director will also oversee IWBI partnerships and initiatives that promote health in the public sector, including at the city level.

The Director of Advocacy and Policy will help evolve the policy landscape to support health across key building sectors - including public buildings, schools, affordable housing and commercial real estate - and for diverse populations, including tenants, employees, students and underserved communities. The individual will have a background in tracking, analyzing and advocating for cross-sector policies that promote health, safety, equity and/or well-being. In addition to policy analysis and advocacy, directing IWBI’s Advocacy and Policy work involves collaborating with legislators, corporate partners, government leaders at all levels, external vendors and other industry stakeholders to interpret relevant policies, promote policy changes and raise awareness of the critical role policy can play in advancing people first places.

Director, Advocacy & Policy Responsibilities:

  • Monitor, analyze, and help advance local, state, and federal policies that promote and incentivize strategies that support health, safety, equity, and/or well-being across buildings, businesses and communities
  • Establish and maintain existing relationships with legislators, city leaders, industry associations, organizations and businesses
  • Represent thought leadership in policy and advocacy on key topics such as health and well-being in written communications (e.g., articles, social media) and external forums (e.g., conferences and webcasts)
  • Recruit, convene and manage relationships with local government leaders, practitioners and corporate partners to inform policy solutions and other initiatives
  • Oversee IWBI’s two-year partnership with the National League of Cities (NLC), focusing on how to engage NLC’s local government members in supporting efforts to advance health, equity and well-being 
  • Collaborate with marketing and education teams to advise on collateral, brand and derivative products related to IWBI’s Advocacy and Policy work

Director, Advocacy & Policy Candidate Profile & Prerequisites:

  • 4+ years relevant professional experience 
  • Expertise in analyzing, developing, advocating for and/or implementing policies at the local, state and/or federal levels, including but not limited to the United States 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in advocacy or policy work related to at least two of the following topics: healthy or sustainable building; human health, safety, and well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion; human capital management; benchmarking and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts; navigating a safe and healthy recovery from COVID-19; infrastructure upgrades; indoor environmental quality (IEQ); climate change impacts on health
  • Demonstrated understanding of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and industry best practices in human-centered design, operations and policy strategies across buildings, organizations and communities 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience in the development, management, and/or implementation of programs at the community, district or city level, preferably related to health, safety, equity and/or well-being
  • Experience in high-level stakeholder outreach, client management, and partnership development toward solution-building, especially with government leaders, policymakers or other public sector representatives
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills 
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills
  • Experience working in a dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced team environment

Location: New York, NY

  • Note that the position requires the candidate to be based in New York City [or Washington, D.C.]
  • The company does not provide relocation assistance or compensation
  • The company is not sponsoring work visas for this position


Compensation:   Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience.  A comprehensive benefits package is included for full-time employees. 

Benefits include complete health insurance, generous paid leave, parental leave, child care subsidies, yearly remote month and working in a dog-friendly WELL certified office with a wellness/lactation room and a never-ending supply of snacks.

IWBI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that inspires, respects and supports all individuals. Individuals are selected based solely upon their qualifications for this position and without regard to the applicant’s race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital or partnership status, citizenship or alienage status, veteran status, whether children are, may be or would be residing with a person, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Candidates must have valid and current work authorization in the United States to be considered. 

About IWBI and WELL

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. 

IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard™, the leading global rating system and the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness.

The WELL v2™ pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and the WELL Community Standard™ pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities.

IWBI mobilizes the global wellness community through management of the WELL AP™ credential, convenes a global network of organizations through IWBI membership, pursues applicable research, develops educational resources, and advocates for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.

IWBI is featured on Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2019.

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