Assistant to the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy

Description

The National Federation of the Blind is a membership organization of blind people from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As America's civil rights organization of the blind, the Federation is a coordinated network of skilled advocates, resources, and programs that raise expectations of the blind in society and create opportunities for blind people to live the lives they want. The staff of the Federation are central to the organized blind movement by providing support, professional expertise, and daily contributions to the success of the organization. Working under the direction of the Federation's elected President, the staff advise the organization's leadership and contribute to the vibrant, energetic, and collaborative culture of the organization that raises expectations throughout society.

The Advocacy and Policy Department of the National Federation of the Blind 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; the administration of our Independence Market; and the administration of the NFB-NEWSLINE system.

This role reports directly to the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and 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, web and social media content, 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 digital and physical 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 seek individuals who wish 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, via email, a cover letter, resume with wage history, and the contact information of two professional references to NFB Human Resources: [email protected].

The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to [email protected].