Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, National Council on Independent Living (Remote)

  • Closing / removal date: May 5, 2022
  • Posted: April 19, 2022

Reports to: Executive Director

Organization Overview: The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. NCIL is also committed to disability justice, which addresses the intersection between disability and diversity.

Position Overview: The Director of Advocacy and Public Policy leads analysis of proposed legislative actions; determines the potential impact on people with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living, and Statewide Independent Living Councils; develops appropriate responses; maintains continuous relationships with government, other disability rights organizations, and other partners and stakeholders; and represents and protects NCIL’s interests. The Director of Advocacy and Public Policy works closely with the Executive Director, NCIL President, Vice President and the Legislative and Advocacy subcommittee chairs to ensure that NCIL is a leading voice in disability rights.

Essential Functions:

  • Works closely with NCIL leadership to implement NCIL’s national policy agenda in alignment with the membership’s priorities.
  • Conducts policy analysis and disseminates information in a variety of formats on the policies and proposals related to institutional and systemic barriers that impact people with disabilities.
  • Assists in the establishment of organizational strategies, policies, and plans.
  • Serves as the staff liaison to NCIL Legislative and Advocacy subcommittees, as assigned.
  • Formulates policies on identified issues that represent NCIL’s positions and the interests of Centers for Independent Living, Statewide Independent Living Councils, and the disability community.
  • Communicates regularly with elected officials to gain their support and active engagement in executing strategies around key policy priorities.
  • Communicates NCIL policy positions to Congress, the administration, federal agencies, partner organizations, and community stakeholders with clarity and consistency.
  • Collaborates with other disability rights and civil rights organizations, and coordinates advocacy efforts, as needed.
  • Serves on advisory boards, as assigned.
  • Supervises advocacy staff and interns.
  • Develops and maintains communication with the NCIL membership and other stakeholders.
  • Facilitates policy briefings for the NCIL membership.
  • Writes policy updates for the NCIL newsletter, as needed.


  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and goals of the independent living / disability rights movements.
  • Deep commitment to social justice, diversity, and equity.
  • Bachelor’s in political science, public administration, economics, business, or a related field; graduate level degree is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils.
  • Knowledge of general laws and regulations pertaining to rights and benefits for persons with disabilities.
  • Five years’ experience in systems advocacy or public policy.
  • A sound understanding of legislative and budget processes and prior experience.
  • Strong project management skills with solid experience managing and coordinating research projects, policy analysis, and high-impact advocacy campaigns.
  • Ability to build and manage a high performing team.
  • Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to research and build documentation to support positions and engage elected and appointed officials.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel).
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Personal experience with disability preferred.

Position Location & Requirements

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.
  • This is a remote position; a candidate who is located in the D.C. area is preferred.
  • Expected start date is June 1, 2022. Ability to start earlier is a plus.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate, the salary range for the position is $65,000 – $75,000 annually.
  • NCIL employees receive a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and sick time, 12 paid holidays, an end-of-year holiday break, 2 floating holidays, parental leave, and more. The package also includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and eligibility for a 403(b) tax-deferred retirement account.

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants should submit a detailed professional resume, at least three professional references, and a cover letter to the Interim Executive Director at

Application Deadline: May 5, 2022

The National Council on Independent Living is an equal opportunity employer and makes reasonable accommodations as appropriate for people with disabilities. Women, people of marginalized gender identities, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of low-income, disadvantaged, and LGBTQIA+ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.