Policy and Advocacy Senior Associate

18 Sep, 2022


Policy and Advocacy Senior Associate

The Arc of the United States
Washington, D.C.

Who Are We?

The Arc is the nation’s leading nonprofit advocating on behalf of and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and the people who support them. The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with IDD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Position Summary:

The Policy and Advocacy Senior Associate will provide management support and analysis to both the Federal Public Policy team and the Grassroots Mobilization/Advocacy team. The Senior Associate joins a team of highly experienced advocates working to advance the interests of people with IDD in the development and implementation of federal legislation and regulations. On the Public Policy team, the Senior Associate will be responsible for project management support for the annual Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) and other policy events, managing a small portfolio of policy issues, and providing policy analysis in support of our priority issues. On the Advocacy and DAN (Disability Advocacy Network) team, the Senior Associate will oversee the National Council of Self Advocates (NCSA), support the Advocacy platform, and contribute to social media and other advocacy and campaign work.

As a member of the Policy and DAN Teams, they will help maintain a culture of high performance and ingenuity, maintaining and continuously improving processes and helping deliver world class work to The Arc and its partners. This is a hybrid in-person and remote position that is located in the DC-Metro region.

Job Responsibilities:

Policy Responsibilities:

  • Support Senior Executive Officer of Public Policy with the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) by coordinating planning meetings, communicating with partners and volunteers, and coordinating workflow for the conference.
  • Manage a small portfolio of policy issues by tracking legislation and regulatory developments; providing policy analysis; writing briefs, fact sheets, and social media content when needed; and attending meetings on relevant topic areas.
  • Identify trends and issues within the IDD sector and develop strategies, projects, and interventions around these as appropriate.
  • Help ensure access for The Arc to relevant meetings and events, representing The Arc at these meetings and participating when needed, including providing advice on policy and witnesses.
  • Support the work of The Arc’s Policy and Positions Committee.
  • Participate in task forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities corresponding to assigned policy issues, and in other coalitions as appropriate.

Advocacy Responsibilities:

  • Support The Arc’s Disability Advocacy Network (DAN) team in creating resources, toolkits, and trainings for chapters.
  • Manage the National Counsel of Self-Advocates, including coordinating all aspects meetings from supporting members and officers to developing topics, inviting speakers, developing agendas, and more.
  • Coordinate with the NCSA national board liaison, managing officer meetings annually, and supporting upcoming Self-Advocacy symposium and 2023-2025 officer recruitment.
  • Support management of National Siblings Council and The Arc Alumni Council.
  • Support the Advocacy platform (Capitol Canary/Phone2Action), including creating alerts in the system, updating action centers, creating key words for texting, pulling reports, and more.
  • Draft and calendar social media content including weekly We Act Wednesday, creating social media graphics, and drafting content for days and weeks of action.

General Responsibilities for Both Teams:

  • Work closely with marketing and communications staff to maintain and update program websites and social media accounts.
  • Coordinate and organize webinars, calls, and other team events in collaboration with Marketing and Events team
  • Prepare documents and reports for a range of stakeholders (including Board and Annual Reports), lobby targets and audiences, and craft articles for blog posts, briefing documents and talking points.
  • Support the SEO and Senior Directors to ensure The Arc’s Strategic Framework is informed and supported by the Policy Team.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the job.

Qualifications & Expectations:

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, social sciences, or other applicable field, or equivalent work experience, with an emphasis on policy analysis. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of one to three (1-3) years relevant experience.
  • Experience on Capitol Hill, federal, state government, or political campaigns, strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities required. Familiarity with the disability field, civil, or human rights work preferred.
  • Excellent analytic, planning and research skills.
  • Excellent reading, writing, communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills.
  • Must exercise discretion and good judgment, think creatively, and represent The Arc in a professional manner.
  • Capable of working effectively in a fast-paced team environment. Must be flexible and have strong time management skills. Must be able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining close attention to detail.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to and a passion for the work of The Arc.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an at-will, fulltime employment position. Competitive pay based on education and experience, base salary range of $48,000 – $58,000. Comprehensive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, 403(b) employer contribution, accrued vacation and sick leave, and more.

Work Environment:

Flexible work environment that requires spending time at home, in an office and out in the community. Majority of work is completed on a computer and in meetings (in-person and virtual).

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only, only those selected for interview will be contacted. Applications are accepted at https://thearc.org/about-us/careers-at-the-arc/.

The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Job posted: 2022-09-18