National Disability Institute (NDI), a national nonprofit, is a leading voice to increase awareness and understanding of financial challenges and economic disparities that adversely impact individuals with disabilities, with particular attention to those who experience intersectionality as individuals with disabilities who also identify as Black, Latino, LGBTQIA+ or another group that is representative of underserved communities. Our strategies for promoting individual and systems change include public policy development, employment best practices, financial empowerment and the testing of intervention strategies through community partnerships that increase income production, savings and asset accumulation.
JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Public Policy will lead the design and implementation of a dynamic policy agenda that accelerates improved employment, financial capability, economic stability and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities and their families. The Director is responsible for critical thinking and analysis of current policies and guidance across federal, state and municipal government. The Director contributes to and supports the creation of new proposals to advance economic justice and equity for individuals with disabilities who are disproportionately represented in every marginalized community.
The Director will manage and grow relationships with the Administration, Congress and regulatory agencies; participate actively in coalitions and consortiums with similar values and goals regarding equity, inclusion and economic justice to advance a progressive policy agenda and be able to use exceptional communication skills to articulate in writing and verbally NDI policy positions informed by NDI’s state of science research and community-level training and technical assistance activities.
This position is located in the Washington, D.C. area. The individual may work from home, but will be expected to participate in meetings onsite with policymakers and staff in the Executive and Legislative branches of government. This position may require time commitments outside of a typical workday to complete all tasks.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Including, but not limited to:
- Design and implement an annual NDI public policy agenda with the involvement of NDI senior leadership (Board and staff), prepare a monthly status report on activities and strategies to advance the agenda, with explanations and analysis, to be distributed to all staff and the NDI Board of Directors.
- Serve as lead subject matter expert on NDI’s policy agenda with particular focus on employment and economic advancement beyond disability-specific proposals to cover tax benefits, bank responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and consumer financial protection rules that also impact individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Lead NDI’s public policy activities to position NDI as the go-to source for knowledge and expertise on financial capability development and financial health status of individuals with disabilities in Washington, DC with policymakers and the disability and financial communities.
- Develop and disseminate materials in multiple formats regarding legislative and regulatory developments to NDI staff, partners, policymakers and media.
- Design, develop and manage a strategy that creates a grassroots network of staff and volunteers nationwide interested in helping implement an NDI public policy agenda that increases contact and impact with members of Congress, the Administration and other policymakers at federal, state and municipal levels. Prepare Action Alerts that offer timely analysis and strategy for action.
- Provide rapid response analysis to proposed new rules and policy guidance from multiple federal departments and agencies including, but not limited to, Departments of Labor, Treasury and Education, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, IRS, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), FDIC, Federal Reserve and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and
- Promote cross-system collaboration to advance employment and financial health of individuals with disabilities and their families that includes public agencies, nonprofit organizations, employers and diverse membership of the financial community.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
The candidate must demonstrate the following skills:
- Attention to detail in analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals and development of responses in writing to federal agency Requests for Information (RFIs) that are informed by NDI research and program activities.
- Ability to provide policy analysis, strategy development and successful implementation.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, to articulate NDI policy interests to advance employment and financial health for individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to produce consistent quality work while multitasking with effective time management to meet deadlines.
- Ability to build and grow relationships with relevant partners in and outside of government.
- Ability to build grassroots network of volunteers and staff to increase NDI capacity and outcomes in influencing public policy at all levels of government.
- Ability to work effectively with consortiums and coalitions that NDI supports as a member.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in political science, psychology, sociology, public administration, business, finance, or a related field of stud
- Master’s degree in relevant field and/or law degree preferred.
- Minimum eight years’ professional experience in policy development and advocacy regarding one or more of the following areas:
- Advancing economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities and/or low- or moderate-income (LMI) individuals and families;
- Consumer advocacy for people with disabilities and/or low- or moderate-income individuals and families; and
- Public policy issues for people with intersecting identities based on race, ethnicity, disability, gender and/or other marginalized communities.
- Demonstrated subject matter expertise in at least two of the following:
- Asset development;
- Banking responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA);
- Consumer financial protection;
- Financial counseling and/or coaching;
- Financial education;
- Medicaid programs; and
- Social Security and other public benefits.
- Awareness, knowledge and understanding of the life experience of individuals with disabilities, the extra costs of living with a disability and the challenges to economic stability as a result of public policy barriers.
- Documented commitment to equity and inclusion that recognizes there cannot be economic justice without inclusion of individuals with disabilities.
- Experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language, offering relevant changes responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and succeeding in the adoption of proposed changes as part of the legislative or regulatory process.
- An extensive understanding of legislative processes, administrative rulemaking and decision making that impacts the economic status of people with disabilities.
- Production of policy briefs related to employment and financial health, regulatory comments and action alerts.
- Demonstrated success in legislative and/or federal agency policy development and implementation beneficial to people with disabilities and/or low-income communities.
- Demonstrated commitment to community organizing and ability to work effectively with grassroots partners including individuals with disabilities.
Salary commensurate with experience. NDI offers employees a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401k and health insurance. People with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. NDI is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization.
To apply, please submit cover letter with salary requirements, resume, two writing samples to Gail Watson, Director of Finance and Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th. No phone calls, please.