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Advocacy Coordinator (Remote) Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Autism Speaks
Washington, DC
  • Expired: September 24, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

A re you a go getter who works until the job is done? Are you warm, outgoing, authentic, passionate and inspiring? Then we invite you to apply for this great opportunity!

Autism Speaks is seeking a Coordinator to join our amazing Advocacy team. The position is remote however we are looking for someone who lives in Washington, D. C. and the surrounding areas, or moving to the D.C. metro area within three months. Travel to Capitol Hill will be required as needed.

The Coordinator will support activities of the Advocacy Department. Responsibilities include assisting in the development and coordination of Autism Speaks' grassroots advocacy programming. Also including, but is not limited to, recruiting managing and training volunteers. The coordinator will also provide assistance with in-person advocacy events such as hill days, briefings, conferences and other federal or state initiatives. The position will coordinate and track internal communication for the department, serve as a liaison to other departments and provide administrative assistance as needed.


+ Support the recruitment, training, coordination of grassroots volunteers, including but not limited to participants in the Autism Speaks Volunteer Ambassador Program and Grassroots Advocacy Network.

+ Assist with the volunteer and constituent correspondence via email, phone, social media, grassroots digital databases or other platforms.

+ Draft and assist in the production and distribution of grassroots advocacy communications, trainings and other resources.

+ Support communications (specifically digital media) content performance measurement reporting and analysis.

+ Assist to create, format and publish approved advocacy action alerts and social media via marketing software and digital properties.

+ Work collaboratively to maintain accurate record keeping of volunteer information and activity as well as volunteer and advocacy team engagement with members of Congress.

+ Assist in the planning and execution of hill days, briefings, conferences and events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Advocacy Department of Autism Speaks.

+ Assist advocacy team with research, tracking, preparation of materials and outreach related to state and federal legislative initiatives.

+ Represent Autism Speaks at events and in coalitions with other autism groups as needed.

+ Directly coordinate with Field, Services and Supports, Marketing and Communications, and Science as necessary to integrate advocacy priorities through the mission and ensure that appropriate departmental content is distributed to relevant audiences.

+ Manage local volunteer/intern recruitment through outreach and recruitment at universities, organization of application and interview process and oversight of 1-2 volunteer interns per semester.

+ Assist with administrative tasks and coordination of the advocacy team as needed.

+ Perform other duties as directed.

(The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s.)


Education: Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Public Policy or Social Sciences preferred.


+ Prior experience with public policy and/or volunteer or association management experience.

+ Demonstrated ability to interpret policy information for a variety of audiences.

+ Experience utilizing a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as video conferencing software (Zoom).

Related Skills and Knowledge:

+ Extremely polished and professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills

+ Strong communications skills (written & oral)

+ Experience relating to senior executives and politicians, lobbyists

+ Detail-oriented, highly-organized, with ability to work independently with minimal supervision

+ Solid administrative skills and a high level of proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and various social media platforms

+ Technological savvy with the ability to quickly adapt to various advocacy software and databases (i.e. StratusLIVE and Capitol Canary)

+ Ability to prepare formal written proposals, letters to government agencies, draft policy speeches or talking points for various meetings/conferences/media

+ Knowledge of legislative process and familiarity with policy areas related to autism

+ Flexible and eager to learn and do more about autism advocacy

+ Flexible to work nights and weekends when required

You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all Autism Speaks data and information to which you have access.

Autism Speaks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace. We recruit, evaluate, employ, and promote candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, protected veteran or military status, disability or other legally protected status. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for job openings. Reasonable accommodations will be provided. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Autism Speaks:

At Autism Speaks, our mission is to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Together with our broad and diverse community, we strive every day to achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. This mission and vision drive every member of our staff; our employees are inspired, energized and motivated by the impact we can collectively have on behalf of the autism community.

Autism Speaks celebrates every success achieved to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism, and we work collaboratively across departments to find solutions that will do the most good for the most people.

Just as we strive to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for people on the spectrum, we also aim to enhance the lives of our dedicated employees, through thick and thin.

Salary & Benefits:

Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation, benefit and vacation package. We also provide flex work hours, weekly training sessions, tuition reimbursement and summer bonus Fridays in addition to a creative, innovative, collaborative, inclusive, kind and fun work environment.

For consideration, please forward your resume.

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