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Autism Speaks
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
1 day ago

Description

Come join us as a Director, Public Policy in Washington, DC!

PURPOSE:  Assist the Senior Director, Policy and Federal Government Affairs by leading Autism Speaks’ federal advocacy efforts to improve education outcomes, increase housing opportunities, and improve access to transportation options for autistic individuals by developing and implementing legislation, advancing agency policy, and taking other actions that improve outcomes for autistic individuals and their families. Provide tools, resources and information to policymakers, autistic individuals, their families, and staff to improve outcomes and access to services across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead Autism Speaks’ federal advocacy efforts to improve education outcomes, increase housing opportunities, and improve access to transportation options for autistic individuals, working closely with the Senior Director, Policy and Federal Government Affairs to develop and implement policy initiatives.
  • Manage a federal policy portfolio focused on education, housing, transportation, and other issue areas as assigned.
  • In collaboration with Senior Director, Policy and Federal Government Affairs, engage in advocacy efforts to increase federal spending on programs affecting autistic individuals.
  • Identify federal policymakers whose responsibilities extend to matters within the assigned policy portfolio and develop and maintain relationships with those policymakers as well as prepare and deliver testimony as necessary.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with autism and disability organizations/organizations with similar goals.
  • Monitor and track proposed legislation, regulations, and other activities that would affect matters within the assigned policy portfolio.
  • Develop and distribute messages to grassroots advocates via social media, email, etc.
  • Coordinate and represent Autism Speaks at policy meetings with key federal agencies, colleague advocate organizations, and other government and non-government partners.
  • Lead and conduct research on policies relevant to the assigned policy portfolio.
  • Coordinate meetings and distribute information among stakeholders, local grassroots advocates, Autism Speaks staff, and relevant policymakers as needed.
  • Respond to phone calls, e-mail, and web inquiries on maters within the assigned policy portfolio.
  • Create public information materials (including but not limited to policy briefs, website content, social media posts, etc.) that support public policy priorities related to the assigned policy portfolio.
  • Represent Autism Speaks at conferences, webinars, and events
  • As needed assist the federal advocacy intern program.
  • Work closely with the Federal Government Affairs, State Government Affairs, Grassroots Advocacy, Science, Public Health, Services and Supports, and Marketing and Communications teams.

(The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive.  Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s.  As outlined in your performance goal setting forms, you will be responsible for achieving the goals provided by and agreed upon with your manager.)

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required. Juris Doctor or other advanced degree strongly preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Five or more years of related policy experience with a strong congressional or executive branch background (executive branch experience at Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, or Department of Transportation preferred). 10 or more years of professional working experience. Background and accomplishment in disability policy as well as education, housing, or transportation policy strongly preferred.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Extremely polished and professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to research information; dynamic and innovative thinker
  • Comfortable relating to senior executives and volunteer stakeholders
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, with ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team member
  • Solid administrative skills and a high level of proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media 
  • Knowledge of autism and experiences with autistic individuals and their families strongly preferred
  • Flexible and eager to take on additional responsibility as needed

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Professional Behavior
  • Results Driven
  • Customer Orientation
  • Flexibility

You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all Autism Speaks data and information to which you have access.

Autism Speaks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace. We recruit, evaluate, employ, and promote candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, protected veteran or military status, disability or other legally protected status. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for job openings. Reasonable accommodations will be providedAll qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Autism Speaks:

At Autism Speaks, our mission is to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Together with our broad and diverse community, we strive every day to achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. This mission and vision drive every member of our staff; our employees are inspired, energized and motivated by the impact we can collectively have on behalf of the autism community.

Autism Speaks celebrates every success achieved to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism, and we work collaboratively across departments to find solutions that will do the most good for the most people. 

Just as we strive to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for people on the spectrum, we also aim to enhance the lives of our dedicated employees, through thick and thin.

Salary & Benefits:

Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation, benefit and vacation package. We also provide flex work hours, weekly training sessions, tuition reimbursement and summer bonus Fridays in addition to a creative, innovative, collaborative, inclusive, kind and fun work environment.

For consideration, please forward your resume and cover letter.



Job Information

  • Job ID: 59334869
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Director, Public Policy
  • Company Name: Autism Speaks
  • Industry: Non-Profit
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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