Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Director, Illicit Finance Policy

Essential responsibilities and tasks:

– Serve as an in-house subject matter expert on the strategic use of various targeted financial pressures, including sanctions in a “network” approach and anti-money laundering (AML) measures to alter the incentive structure of those benefiting financially and politically from conflict and mass atrocities.
– Work with The Sentry’s illicit finance policy and country teams to develop recommendations for the use of financial tools that fit the organizational policy goals based on the specific context of each country and situation.
– Build relationships and closely engage policymakers, Congressional staffers, regulators, law enforcement, financial institutions, and other private sector and civil society actors across all relevant jurisdictions to encourage adoption of financial tools of pressure. Ensure effective management of these relationships.
– Identify and build new opportunities to generate impact, including by developing partnerships for The Sentry with governments, international organizations, civil society organizations and think-tanks, global and regional banks, data and due-diligence providers.
– Serve as a point of contact for relevant stakeholders, including government officials in Washington D.C.
– Draft and contribute to memos, op-eds, reports, briefs, and other written products that effectively present and advocate for The Sentry’s recommendations.
– Ensure The Sentry’s policy messaging is streamlined and standardized across products.
– Manage products and projects for the illicit finance policy team, coordinating closely across multiple teams to ensure effective management.
– Develop opportunities to share The Sentry’s findings and policy positions by participating in or hosting events and panels.
– Assist staff in effectively understanding and incorporating key messages on financial tools into investigations and publications.
– Assist with other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

The incumbent should have a deep understanding of US, UK, and EU sanctions and AML tools as well as similar multilateral and regional tools and initiatives. The incumbent should also have working knowledge of financial crimes compliance processes and procedures at financial institutions.

– At least 3 years of experience combatting financial crime (sanctions/AML/anti-bribery and corruption), with a preference for work within the US government or other governments, United Nations system, or the financial sector.
– At least 7 years of professional experience.
– Experience engaging with staff at government agencies, financial institutions, and civil society organizations.
– Excellent writing, editorial, oral communication, and presentation skills.
– Team player with interpersonal, organizational and management skills, including the
ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously and maximize employee contributions.
– A high level of personal energy, can-do attitude, dependability, and creativity.
– Ability to collaborate and work effectively in a fast-paced environment across different
time zones.
– Good humor and general problem-solving skills.
– Organized, disciplined, and proactive.
– Works well under deadlines.
– Commitment to The Sentry’s missions and goals.

Preferred Experience:

– Demonstrated commitment to peace and human rights consistent with the mission of The Sentry.
– French and/or Arabic language skills.
– Congressional engagement.
– Media engagement.
– Donor engagement


The Sentry is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to Apply
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@thesentry.org.
Please include “Deputy Director, Illicit Finance Policy” in the subject line of your email.

COVID-19 Policy
To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at HR@newventurefund.org