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Job: Public Policy Specialist

JOB INFORMATION Public Policy Specialist position available at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. 

REPORTS TO Chief Strategy Officer EFFECTIVE DATE July 2019
STATUS Full-Time 40 hours/week LAST UPDATED October 2020
Minimum Starting Salary $50,000-$55,000 FSLA Exempt


The Public Policy Specialist establishes public policy priorities and systems’ change efforts related to sexual and domestic violence, including the development of implementation strategies, providing information and education about public policy issues to victim service programs, grassroots activists, and statewide and national networks, as well as advocating for survivors in program and policy making committees.

The Public Policy Specialist upholds the mission, vision, and guiding principles of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.


  • In coordination with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, oversee ACESDV’s policy program and implement initiatives to affect policy and systems change in line with ACESDV’s mission and guiding principles;
  • Build extensive and trusted relationships with elected officials, lawmakers, lobbyists, coalition partners, directly impacted community members, and other stakeholders by providing clear, fact-based analysis and resources and identifying opportunities for bipartisan, cross-ideological collaboration on ACESDV issues;
  • Develop and implement ACESDV’s legislative agenda, including:
    • Consulting with and lobbying lawmakers, staff, agency leaders, and the Governor’s Office
    • Analyze and track legislation and system reform needs
    • Draft new legislation and policies and amendments to existing laws and policies
    • Prepare and deliver written and oral testimony
  • Represent ACESDV at community meetings and committees that pertain to public policy or systems advocacy issues;
  • Maintain strong relationships with ACESDV’s member programs through meetings, networking, training, technical assistance, and dissemination of public policy information;
  • Facilitate member programs’ and survivors’ participation in public policy work, such as in state and local processes formulating rules, policy and procedure, and during the legislative session;
  • In coordination with the Community Engagement Manager, prepare and disseminate action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, and factsheets, among other written materials and policy-related social media posts;
  • Respond to media requests on policy issues;
  • Work with the ACESDV Leadership Team on implementing major actions of the strategic plan;
  • Assist with planning and presenting trainings on public policy advocacy and other related topics;
  • Staff liaison to Public Policy Committee and any additional assigned committees;
  • Coordinate advocacy activities including the annual Advocacy Day;
  • Work collaboratively with the national domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions to advance nationwide policy campaigns;
  • Supervise Public Policy Interns;
  • Attend and participate in staff and department meetings;
  • Provide support to and participate in ACESDV’s events;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required for all candidates:

  • A commitment to the Guiding Principles of ACESDV:
  • At least two years of legislative or policy advocacy experience;
  • Substantial knowledge of sexual and domestic violence and related issues and a commitment to ending gendered violence and oppression;
  • Understanding of the legislative process, political strategic planning, and the ability to build extensive, trusting, and respectful relationships across the political spectrum and in diverse communities.
  • Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions, and to navigate internal political dynamics among partner groups;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, strong research and analytical skills, and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex policy issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
  • Initiative, vision, and ability to develop and implement short and long-term policy strategies utilizing a broad range of advocacy, education, and organizing techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage details and follow-through with a minimum of direct supervision;
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing demands;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, databases, and various web platforms;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, particularly during the legislative session, including evening and weekend events as necessary;
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel.

Ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, such as public policy, legal studies, criminal justice, gender studies, or social work;
  • Familiarity with Arizona legislature and political landscape;
  • Experience with social justice work and social transformation advocacy/activism;
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers and monitoring progress towards goals;
  • Experience providing education and/or training to adult audiences, especially related to issues of sexual and/or domestic violence;
  • Experience applying empirical research to real-world issues;
  • Experience in direct services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence;
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish.


Tasha Menaker
Chief Strategy Officer

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking a passionate and creative Executive Director that demonstrates a strong understanding of the history of disability and the work that still lies ahead for the people of Louisiana. The desired qualifications of a candidate for this high-level leadership opportunity are described below.

The incumbent in this position is responsible for administering the statewide operations of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.  Assumes signature authority over all contracts, budget, staff, federal reporting, and any other charge issued by federal and state authorities. As such, the Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of all functional activities of the Developmental Disabilities Council to accomplish advocacy, capacity building and systemic change in Louisiana.  The incumbent will be held accountable for implementing these functions in accordance with the Council plan and state laws.

 Duties and Responsibilities

Given overall strategic direction from the Developmental Disabilities Council and its Five-Year Plan, the Executive Director has the authority and responsibility to implement strategies within the broad framework of the Council’s policies and procedures.  In exercising this authority, certain functions, responsibilities, and activities are expected to be performed.  Examples of these expectations include, but are not limited to:

 Leadership with the Council

The Council serves to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

●      Plan quarterly Council meetings with Chairperson, prepare meeting materials, follow Open Meeting Law, and meet with Council leadership and members to conduct Council business.

●      Provide advice and leadership to the Council on legislative issues, legislative advocacy, programmatic issues, and public policy.

●      Plan for and implement the solicitation process of the Council’s new members, ensure selection recommendation for appointments occurs and are performed in accordance with Council bylaws.

●      Ensure new council members receive orientation.

●      Ensure activities occur to develop the Five-Year Plan and annual plan updates per Federal and Council guidelines.

●      Ensure activities are occurring throughout the year to implement the plan.

●      Ensure all federal reporting requirements are met.

●      Engage in practices that promote and demonstrate transparency, inclusiveness, cohesiveness, and trust.

●      Facilitate partnerships with community organizations and other stakeholders to achieve shared goals with the Council.

●      Implement effective strategies to maximize meeting productivity and outcomes while ensuring Council’s compliance with all legal and ethical norms.

Public Interface

●      Assume responsibility for communication to all stakeholders, including but not limited to nonprofit organizations, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members, state and federal agencies, legislators, and the governor’s office.

●      Coordinate efforts across the state to support stakeholder communication with policy makers on Council selected advocacy issues.

●      Produce and share information and articles, news, and alerts on contemporary issues impacting people with disabilities across all news mediums.

●      Serve as spokesperson on behalf of the Council for all matters with federal and state agencies and stakeholders.

●      Ensure communication on all Council activities through all public interfaces.

●      Maintain a positive public image of the DD Council to the public and legislature.

●      Build consensus among diverse stakeholders, such as council members, self-advocates, families, providers, advocacy groups, the public, and the legislature.


Fiscal Responsibilities

●      Develop and oversee the Council’s annual budget and production of any financial reports to state and federal partners and the Council.

●      Oversee all aspects of the Federal DD grant writing and reporting.

●      Oversee all aspects of contractual obligations and activities in accordance with the Council plan, which includes development of contractual agreements, solicitation of proposals and tracking of outcomes and expenditures.

●      Prepare, secure approval, and manage programmatic and administrative budgets, and ensure effective management of the Council’s financial, business and office operations.

Administrative and Staff Responsibilities

●      Inspire and motivate staff to implement the Council plan and related activities.

●      Oversee the administration of the DD Council office to ensure the effective performance of staff in carrying out the work of the Council.

●      Responsible for all staff hiring, training support, and guidance to meet the needs of the Council within Civil Service guidelines.

●      Assure timely performance evaluations.

●      Assure that all day-to-day operations within the offices of the organization are in compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, and laws and regulations applying to Council as a State agency.

Essential Requirements

●      Possesses a demonstrated track record of working toward promoting independence, productivity, self-determination, inclusion, and integration, for people with development disabilities to achieve a full and meaningful lives.

●      Demonstrates a value system aligned with the DD Act as it relates to people with Developmental Disabilities.

●      Displays considerable knowledge of current best practices and highest values in supporting people with developmental disabilities to achieve full and meaningful lives of their choosing.

●      Possesses knowledge of the legislative process and experience with public policy advocacy related to services and support for the I/DD community.

●      Demonstrated ability to analyze state and national trends relative to people with I/DD and a working knowledge of the Federal Care Act.

●      Demonstrated working knowledge of State and Federal laws, policies, programs and rules related to developmental disabilities and civil rights, including familiarity with but not limited to the DD Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, IDEA, ADA, and corresponding state laws, rules, policies, and programs.

●      A working knowledge of the Federal Care Act.

●      Has knowledge, best practices, and highest values in supporting people with developmental disabilities in home and community-based service systems, education, employment, healthcare, housing transportation and the education system.

●      Supervisory experience.

●      Has experience in grants management.

●      Demonstrates ability to manage and resolve conflict.

●      Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills and is highly organized.

●      Has fiscal management experience.

●      Has at least five years of experience administering programs or initiatives for people with I/DD and their families to achieve more independence, inclusion, integration, productivity.

●      Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: policy, public administration, management, public health, social services, or health services.

●      Master’s Degree is preferred and/or three to five years’ experience in management field related to policy, public administration, management, public health, social services, or health services.

Conditions of Hire

A satisfactory background check including but not limited to a drug test.

Comprehensive Benefit Package

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training, and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your resume and in your interview process.  For education and training, please list educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.  Interview process will not begin until February and March with final selection made in April of 2021.

 This is an unclassified position within Louisiana Civil Service. 

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

“LDH and all offices under its jurisdiction reaffirm the policy for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) by hereby stating that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or any other non-merit factor, be discriminated against in any employment practice. LDH is committed to this policy because it is morally right and is legally required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended,  Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (PL 101-336).”

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Please send all letters of interest along with resumes to

The Arc of Oakland County

The Arc of Oakland County is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. We strive to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire our community, and influence public policy. The Arc of Oakland County proudly serves individuals and families throughout Oakland County as a local affiliated chapter of The Arc Michigan and The Arc of the United States.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director should be a highly-skilled professional that provides leadership, vision and direction to The Arc of Oakland County. A licensed attorney is preferred. The Executive Director represents The Arc of Oakland County to the public, leads organizational development and strategic planning, optimizes financial performance, oversees the development of service delivery, builds and maintains donor relationships and oversees personnel. The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors and is responsible for expanding systems, supports and procedures to accomplish the mission and vision that is set forth by the board.  The Executive Director must possess passion for, and a commitment to, improving the lives and opportunities of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

An attractive benefits package is available.  The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


  Essential Job Responsibilities:


  • Provide ongoing support, direction, supervision, and feedback regarding the job performance of all staff, including contracted staff and volunteers
  • Establish and maintain open and effective communication with families, employees, community agencies, providers and Board of Directors
  • Direct responsibility for assuring and monitoring all activities of the organization to guarantee alignment with the vision, mission and requirements of a 501(c)3 organization
  • Demonstrate knowledge and success with fundraising initiatives and the solicitation of financial support



Board of Directors and Strategic Planning

·         Present reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors which are timely and accurate including an Annual Report and Audited Financial Report

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, community agencies, and other related agencies
  • Identify, recruit and develop effective board members

Family Support and Advocacy Expectations

·         Assist families and caregivers with their legal matters (Wills, Living Trusts, Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Estate Plan counseling)

  • Must possess knowledge and provide guidance with financial assistance (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, Adult Home Help Services, Income Tax deductions, Food Assistance, Family Support Subsidy, ABLE Act accounts, Section 8 Housing, The Arc of Oakland County’s Forever Plan)
  • Must be able to interpret state and federal rules and regulations that are governed under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (I.D.E.A.), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Possess the ability to assist families, providers, staff and educators with training in the area of adult transition requirements and activities
  • Demonstrate collaborative partnerships at the local, state and national levels including relationships with Oakland County agencies, non-profits, local school districts and providers

Personnel, Operations, Administration and Financial Management

  • Ensure development, implementation and monitoring of the Arc’s annual budget in collaboration with financial management staff and Board Finance Committee
  • Ensure all necessary administrative and operational systems are in place to support effective operations
  • Ensure establishment of and adherence to policies and procedures
  • Ensure productive and effective staff performance, managing the performance of management level professionals, ensuring growth and success
  • Ensure the annual budget is funded and the organization has adequate cash flow
  • Oversee proper record keeping and reporting including activities and events conducted, breakdowns of daily participation figures and trends, notable achievements and any problems/issues

Skills/Knowledge Requirements:

  • A minimum of five to seven years of experience in leading and managing programs or operations in a non-profit agency, with at least three years in a leadership capacity; or an equivalent combination of experience
  • A licensed attorney is preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of managing non-profit organizations including fundraising and resource development activities
  • Knowledge of The Arc of Oakland County’s mission, objectives, policies, programs and procedures
  • The ability to plan, organize, direct and coordinate operations
  • Possess leadership skills including negotiation, problem solving, decision making, and delegation
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written


Send your Letter of Interest and resume to:


ATTN:          Tom Quakenbush, President, Board of Directors

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST.

The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender, and type of disability).

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