Director of Governmental Affairs Position
The Arc of Texas seeks an energetic and highly motivated individual to:
- Plan, organize and execute The Arc’s governmental affairs and advocacy efforts to advance its mission, policies and position statements at the state and federal level.
- Direct the overall public policy activities of The Arc of Texas, including research, review and analysis of public policy issues (regulatory and legislative), development of briefing materials, and development of recommendations for The Arc’s Governmental Affairs Committee and Board of Directors.
- Represent The Arc of Texas before volunteers, local chapters, elected officials, state agency staff, and other policymakers.
- Support, coordinate and empower volunteers to facilitate their involvement in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Network with allied organizations and
coalitions to promote collaborative relationships on high-priority issues.
Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Ability to work independently and with others, to handle multiple priorities, and to be productive under stress.
- Ability to train, support, and work collaboratively with volunteers.
- Previous legislative and public policy experience preferred.
- Ability to communicate effectively via the spoken and written word in a manner responsive to the needs of diverse audiences.
- Networking skills and abilities.
- Analytical skills and abilities.
- Abilities to work cooperatively with fellow staff members, volunteers, and external stakeholders.
- Experience working with and on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their loved ones.
- Willingness to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends, especially during the Legislative Session.
A minimum of six (6) years of professional experience is required, including experience in human services programs for people with disabilities and/or experience in governmental affairs and/or public policy advocacy activities. Experience providing support to volunteer boards and committees is a plus. A thorough understanding of the health and human service delivery system in Texas preferred. Supervisory experience and Master’s degree preferred. Salary range in low to mid-60s with excellent paid benefits.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com by June 28, 2013.