Public Policy Analyst
Full-time, Non- exempt position
Tallahassee, Florida office
Disability Rights Florida is currently accepting applications for a Public Policy Analyst.
Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida and is the third largest Protection and Advocacy system in the nation representing a growing, diverse state. Since 1977 DRF has operated under the authority of nine (9) federal statutes and regulations and is funded largely through federal appropriations. These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are threatened or violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services and more. Created within this position is an opportunity to work for a dynamic organization on the front lines of protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Disability Rights Florida advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to protect and advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, self-determination and choices for all people with disabilities. We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team.
The Policy Analyst assists the Director of Public Policy and other Public Policy team staff in coordinating the public policy work of the organization. This position assists the Director in developing and implementing public policy strategies across all grants and all teams, including educating and informing policymakers, and working with Board members, clients, and other stakeholders on issues affecting people with disabilities. The Public Policy Analyst also develops educational materials; and trainings, and conducts outreach to stakeholders and the public, and works with considerable independence to exercise judgment and discretion in developing and communicating policy positions and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists the Director of Public Policy with coordinating public policy strategies across all grants and teams, as well as all policy-related communication and outreach activities.
- Tracks and analyzes the impact of relevant state and federal legislation and budget issues to provide a variety of support to the Director of Public Policy in his /her coordination of the organization’s public policy work and related policy-setting.
- Provides support to the Director in developing and presenting legislative testimony; preparing for face-to-face meetings with policymakers; and conducting other public policy activities.
- Assists the Director in preparing and providing public policy training and support to persons with disabilities and their families on issues affecting disability populations in the state and on cross-disability issues, (e.g. long-term care, health care, special education, specialized transportation and employment).
- Ability to travel to, attend, and participate in legislative hearings, meetings and other activities at the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida during interim committee weeks and throughout legislative session (either October to March, or December to May) or any special session, as safe and appropriate.
- On occasion, travel to and attend congressional hearings, meetings and other activities in Washington, D.C. in consultation with the Executive Director and the Director of Public Policy, as safe and appropriate.
- Regularly be available to communicate organizational policy matters to press and media affiliates of various mediums, in consultation with the Director of Communications and the Director of Public Policy, as safe and appropriate.
A degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Social Work, Disability Studies or a related field is required. A law degree or graduate degree in an above-listed field and
experience working with legislative and policy issues is preferred. A Commitment to the mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people required.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply, and reasonable employment accommodation requests will be honored and provided as applicable and appropriate.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A favorable background check is required. Disability Rights Florida offers an excellent comprehensive employee benefit package. Some of the benefits included are paid vacation time, contributed employer medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an impressive employer match, life, short and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
To apply please submit a resume, Disability Rights Florida application and a writing sample to: Renee Jackson, Disability Rights Florida, 2473 Care Dr. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308, by email: [email protected] or by fax: 850-617-6691 by December 04, 2020 or visit: https://disabilityrightsflorida.org/about/career_opportunities .
Our organization values diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.