Assistant to the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy

Description

The Advocacy and Policy Department of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is responsible for assisting the President in the coordination and management of all federal legislative and regulatory advocacy; providing affiliates with state and local legislative technical assistance, strategy development and training; membership support with education, employment, and social security issues; and the administration of the NFB-NEWSLINE® system, a national information access service for blind and print-disabled Americans.

This role reports to the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy and provides administrative support to seven to nine additional staff members. This role requires an efficient, multitasking individual with excellent writing, proofreading, researching, and planning skills. Flexibility in work hours, various day trips, and overnight travel is required in order to meet a variety of deadlines.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the drafting, editing, review, and distribution of policy statements, letters, invitations, reports, memorandums, expense reports, and other office correspondence.
  • Plan travel, make hotel reservations, and purchase tickets.
  • Plan and coordinate logistics for meetings and events ranging in size from five to five hundred.
  • Provide transportation to meetings using a National Federation of the Blind vehicle.
  • Take photographs or video at events.
  • Read and provide visual interpretation of material.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated skill in use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Superior research and writing skills required.
  • Ability to proofread in accordance with various style guides.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Excellent skills in file management.
  • Flexibility in undertaking other duties as required.
  • Ability to function on teams or individually, depending upon task required, and to move quickly and efficiently from one task to another.
  • Valid driver’s license is preferred.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy or administration, English, law, or related field is preferred.

How to Apply

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the NFB National Office, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes.

This job is open until filled. Applicants should send, preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2488; fax 410-685-5653; email HR@nfb.org.