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Policy Manager

Policy Manager
Organization: National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 03/28/2024

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.

NAPAWF was founded in 1996 to realize the vision of 100 AAPI women who recognized the need for an organization that would amplify AAPI women’s stories and experiences. Being seen and heard in the public narrative gives us the power to shape the policy and cultural change needed to gain agency over our lives, families, and communities.

Today, we are mobilizing and building power in cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. Five of those cities have local staff on the ground. We also show up in solidarity for other women of color who are experiencing injustice and harms of oppression and marginalization.

Our work is focused on the following strategies:

  • Policy and Structural Change
  • Organizing and Civic Engagement
  • Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy

We use the Reproductive Justice lens to intersectionally address three core issues:

  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Economic Justice
  • Immigration and Racial Justice

Position Overview

The Policy Manager will coordinate and organize NAPAWF’s federal policy work in reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and economic justice. This is a great opportunity to be part of a high-profile, fun, and dynamic team at a critical juncture of the work!

Position Duties

Policy, Government Affairs, and External Relationships

  • In collaboration with the policy team, track and monitor key regulations, administration actions, and legislation; provide policy analysis and provide recommendations on key policy priorities.
  • Manage conferences, events, and meetings, in collaboration with the policy team.
  • Manage partnerships on various key legislative and policy priorities, to include identifying legislative targets, arranging meetings with Members and staff, and building productive relationships with Hill staff.
  • Manage coalition and working group policy work, collaboration with other organizations, and joint projects with other counterpart organizations.
  • Cultivate and identify opportunities to grow NAPAWF’s relationships with members of Congress, executive branch officials, and movement partners to advance NAPAWF’s policy priorities; and
  • Manage and support the production of external-facing policy documents.

Cross-team Collaboration

  • Coordinate with NAPAWF communications and field departments on policy priorities and joint work products.
  • Develop productive and robust cross-department collaborative opportunities and projects.

Staff Management and Leadership

  • Develop work plans for management of work and for associates.
  • Lead utilization and scheduling of workflow, project management tools, and stakeholder management tools for policy team
  • Manage, coach, and supervise one to two full-time staff and interns


  • At least three years of relevant experience in policy advocacy, Congress, or administration, with understanding of the federal legislative process, how Congress interacts with the executive branch, and executive branch advocacy vehicles.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly with a wide variety of audiences through strong written and verbal communication.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including drafting and analyzing legislative language.
  • Strong organizational skills to handle multiple overlapping projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and pivot quickly.
  • Preferred: Previous management experience.
  • Values fit: Commitment to the issues of AAPI and/or immigrant women and girls, health, social justice and human rights.

Skills and Traits

  • Strategic Problem Solver: Is known to offer suggestions and brainstorm ideas with team members. Approaches the work with a problem-solving lens, focusing energy on finding solutions rather than exasperating problems. Considers the task at hand or moment in time in view of the larger context, systems and/or issues.
  • Self-driven work ethic and resilience: Exhibits ownership over goals and projects. Punctual, takes initiative, and is a self-starter. Isn’t afraid to ask for help when feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Flexible and able to adapt to shifting priorities under pressure.
  • Highly Organized, motivated and detail-oriented: Manages a high volume of work with efficiency. Has, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Pays attention to details: notices and fixes errors that others might overlook. Acknowledges mistakes and turns them into learning opportunities. Has a track record of leaving things better than they found them.
  • Leads and motivates others to action: Can motivate & inspire others to take action. Knows when/how to delegate, holds the team and themself accountable to meeting goals through a mix of inspiration and urgency.
  • Works independently and manages up effectively: Capable of managing up and bringing key issues to direct supervisor’s attention. Clear on when to notify and when to handle. Knows when to delegate. Able to adjust to a changing workplace with colleagues in multiple locations. Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of the organization.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 – $90,000 – commensurate with experience.

A highly competitive benefits package includes a 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance. NAPAWF’s medical plan is covered by NAPAWF at 100% for employees and dependents with no out-of-pocket costs, including prescription drugs costs. Qualified dependents may also be covered.

NAPAWF also offers full-time employees 15 days of vacation in the first year, sick leave, flexible spending program options and personal/family leave, as well as paid vacation between December 25 and January 1 of each year.

Work Environment

NAPAWF is a proud union organization. We also value empathy, creativity, and collaboration. This position is based in an office setting, with occasional travel.

NAPAWF is committed to public health, and to the safety and well-being of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters or to apply for and receive an exemption.

NAPAWF is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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