Director of Public Policy

03 Dec, 2018


Director of Public Policy

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Washington, DC

Director of Public Policy

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has a career opportunity for an experienced professional ready to lead the Association’s advocacy and public policy agenda.

The Association has a proven record of accomplishment in the area of public policy, most notably in copyright and other forms of intellectual property; information access, diversity, inclusion and equity; accessibility, privacy, and open scholarship. ARL seeks a policy leader to advance the policy agenda, and to steadily cultivate and leverage a broad base of political and public support that elevates research libraries as impactful partners in research and learning in higher education, in national and international institutions, and in society.

Information about the Association of Research Libraries

ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada representing universities, public libraries, and national libraries and archives.

The Association enjoys a rich history of accomplishments and contributions based on collaborative relationships with a wide range of communities in Canada, the United States, and outside North America. A Board of Directors is the governing and policy-making body for the Association.

The Association values diversity and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The Association is dedicated to its member organizations and all of the constituencies they serve in developing and supporting diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments in libraries and archives.

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We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers standard benefits including medical and dental insurance, sick leave, 22 days of vacation, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2019.  Qualified applicants should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, and a resume.


Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working with the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, the director will advance the advocacy and public policy agenda as approved by the Board by:

  • Developing, implementing and delivering on the Association’s legal advocacy and public policy agenda.
  • Informing and shaping US federal and, and as appropriate, international government understanding of research library interests and needs.
  • Collaborating and building strong partnerships with legal and policy partners in and outside of the US in support of research library interests and needs.
  • Informing and engaging members programmatically on legislation, regulations, policies and court cases that impact their institutions, as well as the broader research and learning ecosystem.


Working within a fast-paced team environment, this position requires a self-motivated and collaborative individual, with demonstrated understanding of research libraries  and the research and learning ecosystem.

Education and Experience

Leadership experience working on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch for a library policy making organization or a political or non-profit organization related to libraries and archives, higher education, or research. International policy experience and relationships are highly valued for this position.  An advanced degree in public affairs or law is preferable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong policy relationships, and evidence of collaboration with congressional offices, executive branch staff, US and international partners and coalitions on key issues.
  • Demonstrated legislative, regulatory and policy results related to a combination of any of the following: copyright and intellectual property, information access, diversity, inclusion and equity, accessibility, privacy or open scholarship.
  • Proven communication skills that move people to action.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for leading multiple projects simultaneously and meeting project deadlines.

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Job posted: 2018-12-03