Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

31 Dec, 2020


Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

The Arc of Connecticut
Meriden, CT
Full Job Description

Job Description: Director of Advocacy & Public Policy

Exempt/Nonexempt: Exempt- Job Reports To: Executive Director

Job Summary: The Director of Advocacy & Public Policy (the “Director”), an at-willemployee reporting to the Executive Director, plays a leadership role in advancing policy change through

The Arc Connecticut’s advocacy program. The advocacy program seeks to protect the civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and promote opportunities for their full inclusion in their communities through grass roots community organizing, public education, legislation, and litigation. The Director identifies policy change opportunities, participates in researching and writing about policy issues, develops issue campaigns, and helps identify and mobilize stakeholders and coalition partners.

In addition, the Director develops and executes a communications and media relations strategy that utilizes both traditional and new media. The Director works with the Executive Director to represent The Arc Connecticut before legislative and executive branch hearings and meetings at the state and local level, and handles press and other media inquiries as appropriate. The

Director is a key member of the Arc Connecticut management team who participates fully in establishing and accomplishing program priorities and assisting in raising funds to carry out the programs.

Major Responsibilities/Activities

Advocacy & Outreach: (40%)

 Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials at all levels of government, including the Connecticut

General Assembly’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Legislative

Caucus to impact public policy in line with The Arc’s mission and values, including protection and support of the civil rights of individuals with I/DD and their full inclusion in the community through community-based services;.

 Develop and utilize family advocacy resources, including Families for Families, to increase The Arc’s base of support for the purpose of impacting public policy;

 Direct and lead Arc Connecticut initiatives that impact public policy in line with The Arc’s mission and values, including any grant-funded initiatives;

 Collaborate with other like-minded groups to promote the The Arc

Connecticut’s mission and values;

 Work with self-advocates in a myriad of settings to increase their presence in the advocacy arena and increase support for The Arc Connecticut;

Policy Leadership: (30%) Under the supervision of the Executive Director:

 Develop and implement a strategic policy agenda that includes achievable legislative and organizing goals, along with development of performance measures to evaluate progress on achieving those goals;

 Create strong, well-designed, well-defined programs to protect and promote the civil rights of individuals with I/DD and their families across Connecticut, integrating communications, public education, legislative, and organizing strategies;

 Identify and evaluate interests, including the actions or proposed actions of local, state and federal governments, that support or oppose initiatives that are important to The Arc Connecticut;

Communications: (30%) In coordination with Executive Director:

 Communicate both directly and through traditional and social media, and other outlets, concerning advocacy efforts and organizing, including efforts to bring new supporters and constituencies to the table;

 Coordinate with the Executive Director on policy advocacy communications including email alerts and press releases;

 Assist with multi-media public education campaigns designed to extend the impact of The Arc Connecticut’s legislative policy advocacy;

 Work with local and statewide media to pitch stories, maximize media coverage, and enhance the visibility of The Arc Connecticut in communities statewide; Draft and edit press materials, including press releases and advisories, and manage dynamic content for The Arc Connecticut’s website, e- communications, and social media.

 Inform Arc constituencies about best practices and trends;

Minimum Requirements:

College degree or equivalent desired. Demonstrated commitment to protecting the basic civil rights of individuals with I/DD and their families and promoting full community inclusion for people with I/DD. Working knowledge and broad understanding of advocacy strategies. Significant experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, coalition building, strategic communications and media relations or both. Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including individuals with

I/DD, families, public officials, reporters and editors, community leaders, coalition partners and the general public. Willingness to work beyond normal work day or more than 35 hours a week as necessary. Willingness and ability to travel as necessary. A commitment to diversity and a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

Excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills. Strong self-motivation; ability to meet tight deadlines; adaptability. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities and people. Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word,

Excel, and PowerPoint, virtual conferencing resources like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, data collection resources like SurveyMonkey, and social media sites like Facebook,

Instagram and Twitter.

Note* Nothing in this job description restricts the Executive Director’s right to assign other duties or responsibilities to this job at any time.

This job position is presently open and will remain so until filled. Interested applicants may submit application materials including:

 Current resume including contact information;

 Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three references;

 Cover letter of no more than 300 words that includes an explanation of the applicant’s interest in the position and what they believe they bring to the role.

Application materials should be submitted to:

Win Evarts, Executive Director, The Arc of Connecticut, Inc., P.O. Box 1522, New Canaan, CT 06840-1522.

The Arc of Connecticut, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates experiencing disability and candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

Job posted: 2020-12-31