Public Policy Associate

18 Sep, 2019


Public Policy Associate

American Library Association (ALA)
Washington, DC

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time communications professional to join its communications team in our Public Policy and Advocacy Office located in Washington, DC.

ALA is the foremost national association for libraries and information centers in the world, delivering pragmatic solutions to pressing issues such as expanding economic opportunity, advancing education and learning in the global economy, as well as strengthening the public interest in information policy issues such as telecommunications, copyright, access to government information, funding, privacy and free speech.


This is a new position for the Public Policy and Advocacy unit. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Advocacy Communications, the associate assists in the writing and implementation of direct email advocacy campaigns and social media outreach with the goal of generating engaging and educational advocacy content. The Associate regularly uses and maintains close familiarity with the advocate database to track relationships and activity, and to identify ALA members for cultivation and participation in priority campaigns. The Associate also ensures prompt and accurate communication with advocates via email and social media and facilitates storytelling opportunities.

Activities will range from drafting and proofreading advocacy content to analyzing campaign performance and suggesting improvements. Incumbent also provides technology assistance on updating web pages, upgrading email templates using graphics, personalization, and advanced features, and other comparable activities.

Confident in producing content across multiple platforms and an interest in working for a membership organization with strong grassroots networks; a love of data and its uses and excellent written and verbal communications skills. Experience using content management systems and advocacy email platforms a plus, but not required.

COMPENSATION: Negotiable from the low 40s; based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.


Apply online including cover letter and resume

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Please send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: publpolicyassocPublPolicyAdvWOffice
fax: 312-280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university, in creative writing, journalism, English, or related field preferred. Professional experience that can include internships and/or volunteer service.

Job posted: 2019-09-18