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JOB SUMMARY: The Public Policy Director is responsible for critical thinking and analysis of current policies and guidance across federal and state government to promote pathways to improved employment and economic status for individuals with disabilities (youth and working age adults).

This includes written and verbal presentations of barriers and facilitators to sustainable systems change with an emphasis on individual self-determination, cross-system collaboration with the blending and/or braiding of public funded streams, access and effective and meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities in generic as well as disability-specific service delivery systems, and building financial capability and economic security. The Director must create deliverables in multiple formats including white papers, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, checklists, draft legislation and policy guidance.

This is a full time or part time position with NDI located in downtown Washington, DC. The position may require time commitments outside of a typical work day to complete all tasks.


Including, but not limited to:

  1. Serve as a subject matter expert on cross-system collaboration to improve employment outcomes.
  2. Analyze proposed regulations, state plans, federal agency guidance, court decisions and Justice Department negotiated settlements that impede or facilitate employment and greater economic self-sufficiency outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities.
  3. Analyze barriers to and propose new or improved solutions to advance economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.
  4. Provide rapid response analysis to proposed new rules from multiple federal agencies including but not limited to Labor, SSA, CMS, RSA, Treasury, and Education that promote opportunities for a better economic future.
  5. Develop and implement training and technical assistance tailored to meet identified needs.
  6. Assist with policy analysis and white paper development that includes findings, policy recommendations, and practical action steps at an individual and systems level.
  7. Prepare articles for selected NDI newsletters and background PowerPoints and materials for webinars.
  8. Participate in meetings with Congressional and Federal agency staff to identify and support individual and cross-system improvements that advance the goals of the Workforce Development system.
  9. Serve as subject matter expert on ABLE implementation.

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.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Flexibility, adaptability to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to seek ways to constantly improve efficiency of work processes.
  • Excellent communication skills in person, in writing and by telephone and by email, demonstrating professionalism, courtesy, and respect to a variety of audiences including Congressional and federal agency staff.
  • Completes assignments in a timely manner, and appropriately evaluates own progress toward completion of work goals.
  • Grant writing or development experience a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team (including with remote staff).
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • Excellent time management and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. 
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and information when requested.
  • Experience working with people with disabilities a plus.

Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in political science, social science, sociology, public administration, business, finance, or a related field of study
  • Master’s degree in relevant field and/or law degree.

Experience Required:

  • Minimum three years’ professional experience in policy research and development regarding advancing economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following: disability service delivery systems, disability public policy, Social Security and other public benefits, financial education, financial counseling and/or coaching, asset development strategies, workforce development, and Medicaid programs.
  • Demonstrated success in legislative and/or federal agency policy development and implementation beneficial to people with disabilities.
  • Production of policy briefs, newsletter articles and regulatory comments.
  • Experience with ABLE Act implementation activities at federal and state levels.

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, resume, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to Michael Morris, Executive Director, @ mmorris@ndi-inc.org or Gail Watson, Director of Finance & HR @ gwatson@ndi-inc.org. No phone calls, please.