Policy Manager

25 Mar, 2021


Policy Manager

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 Manager will provide policy analysis to the Public Policy Team. The Manager joins a team of highly experienced policy advocates working to advance the interests of people with IDD in the development and implementation of federal legislation and regulations. The Policy Manager will be responsible for managing a small portfolio of policy issues while also providing policy analysis in support of our priority issues. As a member of the Policy Team, they will help maintain a culture of high performance and ingenuity, maintaining and continuously improving processes and helping deliver world class policy analysis to The Arc and its partners.


The ideal candidate will be a team player and self-starter with excellent management and communications skills, who is able to handle a varied role, and has a range of experience within public policy. Demonstrable knowledge of Congressional processes and relevant federal policy issues is essential. This is a newly created position based in the Washington, DC metro area.


Job Responsibilities:     

  • Provide policy analysis and writing on key federal legislative and executive developments that impact our constituency and provide perspectives to on-going policy discussions.
  • Identify trends and issues within the IDD sector and develop strategies, projects and interventions around these as appropriate.
  • Maintain and build relationships with relevant external lobby and campaigning groups, key Members of Congress, their office and committee staffs and key personnel in the executive branch.
  • 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.
  • Participate in task forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities corresponding to assigned policy issues, and in other coalitions as appropriate.
  • Create processes for the efficient execution of research, briefings and publications. Contribute to the writing and content development of public education and advocacy products, including Capitol Insider.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a member of the Disability Policy Seminar team and help ensure its success.
  • Support the work of the Policy and Positions Statement Committee, including writing, research and analysis.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience.
  • Experience on Capitol Hill or federal or state government, strongly preferred.
  • Experience in the disability field, civil or human rights work, or familiarity with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Advocacy experience is desired.
  • 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.


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