Advocacy Projects Coordinator

18 Jul, 2022


Advocacy Projects Coordinator

Autism Speaks
Washington D.C.

Are you a go getter who works until the job is done? Are you warm, outgoing authentic, passionate and inspiring? If that is you then we invite you to apply for this great opportunity! Autism Speaks is looking for a Coordinator in our Advocacy department. This is remote position in Washington, D.C. Traveling to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as needed.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this position is to support activities of the Advocacy Department. The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development and coordination of Autism Speaks’ grassroots advocacy programming. This may include, but is not limited to, assisting with volunteer recruitment, management and training. The coordinator will also provide assistance with in-person advocacy events such as hill days, briefings, conferences and other federal or state initiatives. The position will coordinate and track internal communication for the department, serve as a liaison to other departments and provide administrative assistance as needed.


  • Support the recruitment, training, coordination of grassroots volunteers, including but not limited to participants in the Autism Speaks Volunteer Ambassador Program and Grassroots Advocacy Network.
  • Assist with the volunteer and constituent correspondence via email, phone, social media, grassroots digital databases or other platforms.
  • Draft and assist in the production and distribution of grassroots advocacy communications, trainings and other resources.
  • Support communications (specifically digital media) content performance measurement reporting and analysis.
  • Assist to create, format and publish approved advocacy action alerts and social media via marketing software and digital properties.
  • Work collaboratively to maintain accurate record keeping of volunteer information and activity as well as volunteer and advocacy team engagement with members of Congress.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of hill days, briefings, conferences and events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Advocacy Department of Autism Speaks.
  • Assist advocacy team with research, tracking, preparation of materials and outreach related to state and federal legislative initiatives.
  • Represent Autism Speaks at events and in coalitions with other autism groups as needed.
  • Directly coordinate with Field, Services and Supports, Marketing and Communications, and Science as necessary to integrate advocacy priorities through the mission and ensure that appropriate departmental content is distributed to relevant audiences.
  • Manage local volunteer/intern recruitment through outreach and recruitment at universities, organization of application and interview process and oversight of 1-2 volunteer interns per semester.
  • Assist with administrative tasks and coordination of the advocacy team as needed.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

(The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s.)


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy or Social Sciences preferred.


  • 2+ years of recent, relevant public policy and/or volunteer management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret policy information for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience utilizing a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as video conferencing software (Zoom).

Related Skills and Knowledge:


  • Extremely polished and professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communications skills (written & oral)
  • Experience relating to senior executives and politicians, lobbyists
  • Detail-oriented, highly-organized, with ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Solid administrative skills and a high level of proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and various social media platforms
  • Technological savvy with the ability to quickly adapt to various advocacy software and databases (i.e. StratusLIVE and Capitol Canary)
  • Ability to prepare formal written proposals, letters to government agencies, draft policy speeches or talking points for various meetings/conferences/media
  • Knowledge of legislative process and familiarity with policy areas related to autism
  • Flexible and eager to learn and do more about autism advocacy
  • Flexible to work nights and weekends when required

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Job posted: 2022-07-18