A family-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Associate Executive Director For Government Affairs

The Arc New York, a not-for-profit organization providing supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is seeking a Governmental Affairs professional. The Executive Director for Governmental Affairs is responsible for working with the organization’s volunteer and professional staff to advance the organization’s legislative and advocacy goals.  
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and review the NYS Budget and legislative proposals pertaining to the intellectual and developmental disability field and advise the leadership team of any relevant trends or changes.
  • Coordinate all The Arc New York legislative and congressional contacts.
  • Work with The Arc New York Governmental Affairs Committee to pursue legislation to assist people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
  • Work with The Arc New York Chapters to identify local needs and develop legislative and advocacy priorities at both the state and federal level.  
  • Work with the organization’s national association (“The Arc”) to promote the interests of people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
  • Draft public testimony, position papers, advocacy/legislative agendas, action alerts and other forms of communication to advance the organization’s advocacy priorities.
  • Provide technical assistance to The Arc New York stakeholders in matters relating to the legislative process, regulatory issues and Division of Budget matters.
  • Assist with the review and evaluation of proposed regulations, new standards and policies regarding our Chapter programs by state and federal regulatory agencies. 

Minimum Job Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, health/human services or related field; Master’s degree preferred.  
  • 7 years or more of relevant experience as a governmental affairs professional.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to independently represent the organization before a variety of state and federal  governmental  audiences. 
  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships.

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume electronically to Careers@TheArcNY.org, Attn: Associate Executive Director for Governmental Affairs. 

Founded in 1949, The Arc New York is a family-governed, professionally managed, not-for-profit advocacy and human service organization, with 46 community Chapters operating programs in every region of New York State, serving approximately 60,000 individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.  
The Arc New York is an equal opportunity employer.