Autism Speaks
Washington, DC

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Come join us as a Manager, Public Policy in Washington, DC!

PURPOSE : The purpose of this position is to provide support to the Senior Director for Public Policy by managing lobbying & policy development activities with the goal of providing tools, resources & information to policymakers, individuals with autism, their families, and staff who are advocating for improved transition outcomes.


  • Support efforts to improve transition outcomes for youth with autism across Federal Affairs, State Government Affairs, Grassroots Advocacy, and Family Services teams.
  • Manage a Congressional and Federal policy portfolio including education, labor, workforce and post-secondary training issue areas.
  • Manage the identification of federal and state policymakers with jurisdiction over transition arena and assist in the development and maintenance of relationships with those policymakers.
  • Monitor and track proposed legislation, regulations and other federal policy being developed that would impact transition outcomes for youth with autism.
  • Provide administrative and logistic support to Federal Affairs and State Government Affairs staff working on transition policy.
  • Assist in the development and distribution of messages to grassroots advocates via social medial, email, etc.
  • Monitor policy developments related to improving transition outcomes for youth with autism at the national and state level.
  • Coordinate and represent Autism Speaks at relevant policy meetings with key federal agencies, colleague advocate organizations and other federal partners.
  • Lead and conduct research on policies relevant to improving transition outcomes for youth with autism (e.g. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Higher Education Opportunity Act, Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, etc.).
  • Coordinate meetings and distribute information between stakeholders, local grassroots advocates, Autism Speaks staff and relevant policymakers as needed.
  • Respond to phone calls, e-mail and web inquiries on transition- related topics.
  • Identify and maintain contacts in key Congressional and Executive branch offices related to transition for youth with autism.
  • Create public information materials (including but not limited to policy briefs, website content, social media posts, etc.) that support public policy priorities related to transition.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director for Public Policy, the Executive Vice President of Advocacy and the Chief Program and Marketing Officer to improve transition outcomes for youth with autism.
  • Represent Autism Speaks at conferences, webinars and events
  • Handle correspondence, including phone calls, letters, postcards, and faxes related to transition.
  • Train and work closely with interns within the Federal Affairs advocacy team.
  • Work closely with the Autism Speaks Communications, Social Media and Web, Grassroots Advocacy, State Government Affairs, Federal Affairs, and Family Services teams.

(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/ government, communications or related field required. Masters in related field preferred.


Two or more years’ policy experience with a strong background in federal and legislative advocacy, preferably in an autism-related field.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Extremely polished and professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to research information; dynamic and innovative thinker
  • Comfortable relating to senior executives and volunteer stakeholders
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, with ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team member
  • Solid administrative skills and a high level of proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media
  • Extensive knowledge of autism and experience with individuals with autism and their families highly preferred
  • Knowledge of transition and related policies (e.g. IDEA, HEOA, WIOA, etc.) for individuals with autism and their families preferred.
  • Flexible and eager to take on additional responsibility as needed

Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for individuals with autism and their families.

For consideration, please forward resume and salary expectations.

No phone calls or agencies, please . Only those applicants who meet the hiring criteria will be considered and contacted by Human Resources. Autism Speaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time


Job Posted: January 23, 2017