Manager, Public Policy
Company: NATIONAL INDUSTRIES FOR THE BLIND
Posted on: January 26, 2023
Job Location: NIB HQ - Alexandria, VA
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: Bachelors
Salary Range: Undisclosed
Travel Percentage: Up to 10%
Job Shift: Day
Job Category: Government - Federal
Title: Manager, Public Policy
Department: Public Policy
Reports to: Vice President, Public Policy
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
FLSA Status: Exempt
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Help lead NIB's efforts to support, grow and transform the
AbilityOne Program, along with any other efforts to expand
employment for people who are blind. Provide leadership in
cultivating understanding and support for NIB, its associated
agencies and the AbilityOne Program from Congress, Federal
Executive Branch Agencies, Consumer and/or other organizations also
concerned with disability employment and federal procurement
On a daily basis, communicate by telephone, email, videoconference,
or in person with the following: NIB staff, congressional staff and
members, federal executive branch employees, NAEPB, SourceAmerica,
and organizations of or for the blind.
Employees in Other Division Ongoing
Supervisory Personnel Ongoing
Associated Agency Personnel Ongoing
Federal Government Agencies Ongoing
Organizations for People with Disabilities Ongoing
This position works at the direction of the Vice President, Public
Policy and is expected to accomplish routine tasks with little
supervision according to priorities established by supervisor.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS
Directly responsible for the work of the Specialist, Public Policy.
May provide indirect oversight of various office personnel or
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, or related field. An
equivalent combination of education and experience may also be
Training and Specialized Knowledge Required
- Solid understanding of legislative and regulatory
- Experience working with Members of Congress or other policy
- Familiarity with the Congressional Record, Federal Register,
Congress.gov and other sources of information on federal
procurement and disability employment; Internet and web-based
research and monitoring tools.
- Experience researching, interpreting, and communicating about
- Experience writing a variety of documents including, but not
limited to, issue papers, congressional correspondence, and other
letter format documents.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong
- Communication Skills
- Ethics /Integrity
- Customer Care
- Job Knowledge/ Technical Skills
- Process Improvement
- Decision Making
- Judgment and Problem Solving
- People Management
Eight (8) plus years of relevant work experience and at least 6
years of relevant public policy experience. Experience working in
agencies serving people who are blind with the AbilityOne Program
is a plus. Solid foundation of understanding and applying
philosophical underpinnings and legal complexities of employment
for people who are blind. Someone who is blind is strongly
The position requires ten (10) percent travel within the U.S.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with the Vice President, Public Policy to develop and
enhance relationships with key committee staff and or personal
office staff in the House and Senate overseeing federal programs
and legislation of concern to NIB and work closely with outside
Government Relations firm.
- Monitor and provide detailed analysis of issues pertaining to
the AbilityOne program including, but not limited to, legislative
activities in procurement policy, disability employment, vocational
rehabilitation, wages, employment outcomes, and related
- Monitor and influence relevant evolving legislative initiatives
by participating in and articulating NIB's positions at meetings,
conferences and Task Forces and analyzing communications and work
of other organizations (governmental and private) also working on
disability employment matters.
- Represent NIB in its work with the Consortium for Citizens with
Disabilities (CCD) and any similar coalitions.
- Write position papers, email alerts, articles, legislative
alerts, and periodic updates for approval of the Vice President,
Public Policy and dissemination according to organizational
- Manage the work of the Public Policy Specialist.
- Support the VP, Public Policy in helping to manage the spring
Public Policy Forum/National Symposium and August Grassroots
- Support the VP, Public Policy, and other Public Policy staff in
working directly with the NAEPB (especially its Public Policy
Committee) and NIB associated NPA's in coordinating grassroots
efforts and advocacy on legislative and regulatory matters.
This job description does not imply that these are the only duties
to be performed. The incumbent in this position will perform such
other tasks as may be required for the effective operation of the
Division/Department upon request by his/her supervisor.
NIB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
NIB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or
protected Veteran status.Qualifications
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