Director of Policy

1825 K Street, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006 | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Who Are We?

The Arc is the nation’s leading nonprofit advocating on behalf of and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and the people who support them. The Arc’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with IDD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


Position Summary:

The Director of Policy will manage a portfolio of issues affecting civil rights, housing, and other key areas and intervene at the federal legislative, executive, and judicial level to advocate on behalf of our constituency. The Director joins a team of highly experienced policy advocates working to advance the interests of people with IDD in the development and implementation of federal legislation and regulations. As part of the Policy and Advocacy Team, the Director will provide advanced analysis and advice on specific assigned issues, but also general guidance and assistance on other issues affecting The Arc and its mission.


The ideal candidate will join the team and help maintain a culture of high performance and ingenuity, maintaining and continuously improving processes and helping deliver world class policy analysis to The Arc and its partners. The Director is a self-starter with excellent management and communications skills, who is able to handle a varied role, and has a range of experience within public policy. This position requires limited supervision and is based in the Washington, DC metro area.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates and intervenes in federal legislative, executive, and judicial developments that impact our constituency on issues affecting civil rights, housing, and other issues as assigned.
  • Establishes strong relationships with key Members of Congress, their office and committee staffs, and key personnel in the executive
  • Participates in and attends Congressional hearings, including providing advice on policy and witnesses, executive branch meetings, and
  • Leads/participates in task forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities corresponding to assigned policy issues, and in other coalitions as
  • Helps witnesses connected to The Arc prepare and deliver Congressional testimony or appear before executive branch advisory boards or other such
  • Works with other staff of The Arc to produce, Capitol Insider, Action Alerts, Fact Sheets, grant deliverables, and other information and education
  • Assists in producing the Disability Policy Seminar with other national disability organization
  • Participates in the work of the Policy and Positions Committee of the Board of
  • Assists chapters and grassroots in understanding and fulfilling their roles in working with their Members of Congress on key policy
  • Makes presentations to state and local chapters and other national organizations when
  • Produces legislative status Board reports, lobbying reports, and other administrative reports as
  • Performs other duties as


  • Bachelor's Degree, with experience in disability policy, public policy, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience with at least 4 years in one or more relevant policy area(s) and demonstrated interest in disability
  • Experience in the disability field, civil or human rights work, or familiarity with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Excellent analytic, organization, planning, and research
  • Excellent reading, writing, communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills.
  • Must exercise discretion and good judgment, think creatively, and represent The Arc in a professional manner.
  • Capable of working effectively in a fast-paced team environment. Must be flexible and have strong time management skills. Must be able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining close attention to detail.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to and a passion for the work of The Arc.


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the contact us page on the web;


About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating with and for, and serving, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We work on behalf of people with disabilities of all ages and varying support needs, including individuals with autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and various other developmental disabilities.  With more than  600 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc promotes and protects and protects the human rights of people with  intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  Our Vision is for people with IDD to be valued members of their communities, with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and a future that is secure. 


State and local chapters of The Arc are engaged in both public policy advocacy and individual advocacy to assist people with IDD to get the services and supports they need.  Our chapters also provide a wide array of services and supports for people with IDD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: residential, educational, and employment services, personal care, peer support, self-advocacy training, person-centered and future planning, day programs, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with IDD in each community.