Job: Public Policy Specialist
|JOB INFORMATION||Public Policy Specialist position available at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
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.
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Ideal candidate will have:
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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.
● 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.
● 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.
● 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
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).”
Please visit https://laddc.org/initiatives/employment/ for information regarding LADDC employment advocacy initiatives.
Please send all letters of interest along with resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
- 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).