Description and qualifications

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. This is a Washington, DC based (preferred) opportunity for a motivated individual to join a public policy and advocacy team committed to making a difference in the lives of people with paralysis and/or mobility impairments.

Today, we seek a Public Policy Manager who will develop and deepen Reeve Foundation’s health policy expertise and will serve as the key liaison on behalf of the Foundation for 6-8 Coalitions focused on disability policy and advocacy initiatives. In this new role, the candidate will manage a federal policy portfolio including relevant disability-related issues such as: health care, health and racial equity, caregiving, long-term care and services, transportation, employment, safety-net programs, and others as assigned.

Additionally, the individual will be responsible for performing job duties, interacting with the community and coworkers, and managing themselves in a manner consistent with and in support of the organization’s mission and core values.

Job Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Serve as content expert for Reeve Foundation in assigned issue areas.
  • Help identify new policy efforts in portfolio areas to increase education and engagement of Board of Directors, leadership and staff, advocates and other organizations focused on similar issues and goals.
  • Oversee development, drafting and updating advocacy collateral (including but not limited to one-pagers, policy briefs, blogs, website content, social media posts, etc.) that support public policy priorities in portfolio areas for internal and advocate education.
  • Lead research and policy projects to support Reeve Foundation advocacy and public policy efforts.
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of an annual Reeve Advocacy Summit and Regional Advocacy Trainings.

People

  • Serve as key liaison on behalf of the Reeve Foundation for 6-8 Coalitions focused on disability public policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Represent Reeve Foundation at advocacy and policy-related meetings, events, webinars, and coalition meetings for national and Washington, DC based organizations.
  • Work with Grassroots Manager and Public Policy team and consultants to help inform advocacy campaigns and initiatives.
  • Attend and/or exhibit at national and local conferences and meetings to promote and educate about the National Paralysis Resource Center’s (NPRC) services to various audiences.

Data

  • Conduct and analyze a needs assessment survey every two years, which will help inform Reeve Foundation’s advocacy priorities in collaboration with external reviewers.
  • Identify and track sign on letters on behalf of the Reeve Foundation.
  • Review and update web content on leading policy and advocacy issues and priorities.
  • Track key disability-related policy statistics and data.
  • Track and update monthly scorecard for Public Policy and Advocacy team.
  • Research, prepare and send letters notifying US Representatives and Senators of Quality-of-Life grants awarded in their districts/states.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 3-5 years’ experience representing organizational priorities and perspectives with external entities in coalitions and other settings.
  • Skilled in developing advocacy-related collateral and presentations.
  • Minimum Four-year college (Bachelor’s Degree).

Preferred:

  • Experience in disability public policy

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent English written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely about complex health policy topics.

Computer/Technical Skills:

  • Ability to utilize MS Office and video conferencing and meeting platforms.

Candidate should:

  • Be organized with a strong attention to details
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and distill complex topics into easily understood concepts

Be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals and communities.

  • Be a self-starter who takes initiative
  • Be a team player with strong collaboration skills
  • Demonstrate confidence

Travel:

Approximately travel required (2-3 times a year)

Physical Demands/Office Environment:

This position is primarily a sedentary role but will have periods of physical activity. The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. As stated above, the position involves moderate travel.In addition, this person will need to be able to set up live events, including exhibit booths, stages for presenters and displays.They will need to be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

The Foundation is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination that supports individual dignity and respect. Accordingly, the Foundation maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful harassment, and any type of discriminatory treatment because of any “Protected Characteristic”.

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]