Policy Associate

25 Mar, 2021


Policy Associate

The Arc of the United States
Washington, DC

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 Associate will work directly with the Policy Team to support The Arc’s mission of promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Policy Associate is the primary administrative support for the team with a focus on coordination and project management. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizing strategies, who is highly skilled in verbal and written communication and wants to contribute to a mission that advocates alongside individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Job Responsibilities:                                                

  • Manage administrative matters for the team including scheduling, update and organization of all electronic records and files, database entries, department subscriptions, dues payment, collecting information and data for Board reports and lobbying reports, and other administrative functions.
  • Support the Policy and Positions Statement Committee and the Disability Policy Seminar Planning Committee by planning and coordinating meetings, communicating with partners and volunteers, and coordinating workflow.
  • Assist with grant development and management by coordinating workflows, keeping deadlines, tracking expenses, managing subgrants, and ensuring grant activities are tracked for the purposes of reporting.
  • Research and draft content for our websites, social media, action alerts, newsletters and other information products.
  • Work closely with marketing and communications staff to maintain and update program websites and social media accounts. .
  • Assist with the coordination and organization of webinars, policy calls, and other events in collaboration with Marketing and Events team.
  • Support the policy team in tracking legislation and regulatory developments, writing briefs when needed and attending meetings on relevant topic areas.
  • Regularly work with and communicate, in writing and verbally, with external partners, constituents, storytellers and staff to assist in their organization and mobilization for key policy issues, action campaigns and events.
  • 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 program management/coordination.
  • One (1) to two (2) years of experience, including applicable internships.
  • Experience in the disability field, civil or human rights work, or familiarity with intellectual and developmental disabilities is preferred. Interest in working for social justice is desired.
  • Proficiency conducting online research.
  • Excellent reading, writing, communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong team player with a demonstrated track record of working well with others. Experience supporting a large team strongly preferred.
  • 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.


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit https://thearc.recruiterbox.com/


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 (please visit the contact us page on the web; www.thearc.org).


About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating with and for, and serving, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We work on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages and varying support needs, including individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and various other developmental disabilities.  With more than  600 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc promotes and protects and protects the human rights of people with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  Our Vision is for people with IDD to be valued members of their communities, with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and a future that is secure.


State and local chapters of The Arc are engaged in both public policy advocacy and individual advocacy to assist people with IDD to get the services and supports they need.  Our chapters also provide a wide array of services and supports for people with IDD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: residential, educational, and employment services, personal care, peer support, self-advocacy training, person-centered and future planning, day programs, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with IDD in each community.

Job posted: 2021-03-25