Date Posted: 6/14/2022
Location: Albany, NY
Job Title: Director of Advocacy

Job Description:

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking a full-time Director of Advocacy to lead NYAIL’s policy analysis and grassroots advocacy activities. NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), which are consumer-controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of Advocacy will work under the direction of the NYAIL executive director, as well as collaboratively with NYAIL board members and ILC staff, to advance disability advocacy priorities and coordinate NYAIL’s grassroots advocacy efforts. The Director of Advocacy will engage in policy analysis and advocacy activities, including but not limited to:

  •  Analyze and track state and federal legislative, budget and administrative proposals that impact Independent Living Centers and the people with disabilities we serve.
  • Draft NYAIL’s annual Disability Priority Agendas and corresponding position statements and memoranda.
  • Serve as staff lead for NYAIL’s public policy subcommittees for housing, transportation, employment, election reform & health.
  • Organize and attend legislative meetings regarding NYAIL priorities.
  • Provide oral and written public testimony to legislative and agency hearings related to NYAIL priorities.
  • Represent NYAIL on a variety of State committees and advocacy coalitions, ensuring the perspective of people with disabilities is included.
  • Assist in media outreach including drafting press releases and media advisories, serving as press contact, and speaking at partner organization press conferences.
  • Serve as Coordinator for the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) program with responsibility for coordinating the grassroots advocacy activities for 15 systems advocates at ILCs across the state. This includes but is not limited to:
    • issuance of regular action alerts
    • preparation and distribution of sample testimony for SSAN use
    • facilitation of peer mentoring among advocates
    • development of annual training
    • providing technical assistance to systems advocates
    • providing technical assistance to systems advocates
    • preparing quarterly reporting to funder
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  •  A Master’s degree in public policy or related degree is preferred, however candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 2-4 years experience in grassroots advocacy and/or policy development and analysis will be considered; an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the position may be substituted.
  • Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promote and advocate for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
  • Working knowledge of the state’s Medicaid program and long-term care system.
  • Must be familiar with state and federal legislative processes.
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to adapt to shifting priorities when necessary.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Personal experience with disability strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

NYAIL offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. This is an Albany-based position with the ability to work remotely part time. Some statewide travel may be required.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include “Director of Advocacy” and your last name in subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of the New York Association on Independent Living to afford Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal and state law. NYAIL promotes a drug-free work environment and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.