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16 Nov 2021

Full-Time Public Policy Director

nyscasa – Posted by nyscasa Albany, New York, United States

Job Description

General Nature of Position: The Public Policy Director is responsible for assisting the Director of Systems Advocacy and the Executive Director in carrying out NYSCASA’s policy advocacy activities on a state and federal level. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Preferred Qualifications: Associate or higher degree and/or 3-5 years of relevant experience. Skills in networking and policy analysis. Strong communication, organizational, and writing skills. Commitment to and understanding of addressing sexual violence, anti-oppression work, and other social justice issues. Valid driver’s license.

Reports to: Senior Director of Systems Advocacy

Specific Duties:

Key Policy Identification and Analysis—

  • Meet with Rape Crisis Programs to obtain information about policy-related issues and trends.
  • Create and implement a way to track bills pertaining to sexual violence.
  • Create a policy agenda with input from the Rape Crisis Programs. Highlight at least three bills that NYSCASA will support in each legislative session.
  • Analyze the impact of various policies (or lack of policies) on sexual violence survivors (with input from NYSCASA staff, board, and members).
  • Prepare position papers on key policy issues and develop policy recommendations.

Policy Education—

  • Educate policy makers, decision makers, and their staff on sexual violence.
  • Provide policy analysis of sexual assault issues, other policy-related information and resources, and related technical assistance to Rape Crisis Programs, members, policymakers, allies, media, and others.
  • Develop and coordinate activities to communicate NYSCASA’s public policy concerns and priorities.
  • Develop and implement strategies to oppose legislation that is harmful to sexual violence victims and programs.
  • Prepare written and in-person testimony for legislative hearings.
  • Ensure sections of NYSCASA’s website related to policy initiatives are up to date.

Policy Advocacy—

  • Work in collaboration with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence to assist with federal policy efforts.
  • Maintain effective communications and relationships with policy makers, decision makers, and other organizations representing related interests.
  • Engage NYSCASA members and the general public in policy actions (alerts, petitions, etc.), including assisting Rape Crisis Programs to prepare for meeting with policy makers.
  • Communicate with media regarding key policy issues.

Other Activities— Represent NYSCASA on committees, meetings, community events, conferences, and listservs.

  • Complete required reports.
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Attend NYSCASA meetings.
  • Assist with NYSCASA’s annual conference and any other events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Systems Advocacy.

Starting Salary: $44,416

About NYSCASA: The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) is a private, non-profit coalition of community-based rape crisis programs located throughout New York State. NYSCASA’s mission is to end all forms of sexual violence and exploitation, and to address the impacts of sexual assault. Click here to learn more about NYSCASA’s mission and values.

NYSCASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYSCASA seeks affirmatively to employ staff reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse communities affected by sexual violence in New York State. NYSCASA, in accordance with the requirements of federal and state laws, does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, or volunteer due to race, age, sex, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, military status, veteran status, or other protected status.

NYSCASA strongly values diversity and inclusiveness. All are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Joanne Zannoni, Executive Director, via email:

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Advocacy, crisis intervention, legislative advocacy, nonprofit, program management, public policy, and victim services. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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