Director of Advocacy

Position Description:
The Director of Advocacy reports to the Sr. Vice President, Chief Policy &Community Engagement Officer. This individual will have experience with national level policy and advocacy and will help lead, manage and support MDA’spublic policy and advocacy efforts. The Director of Advocacy will oversee the department and will manage the Advocacy Specialist in day to day efforts, and will represent MDA in multiple functions including, but not limited to, coalition efforts, meetings with policy makers, and other engagements.

Responsibilities:
- Lead and manage MDA’s public policy and advocacy efforts at the national level.
- Represent MDA at meetings, symposia, Congressional hearings, and other events as requested.
- Monitor and report on status of relevant national policy developments, including legislation,regulations, and policy proposals.
- Work closely with MDA’s research, communications, and other departments on an ongoing basis in developing and executing outreach and messaging to stakeholder groups.
- Build and maintain relationships with community stakeholders and policy makers. .
- Participate in speaking engagements and on panel opportunities as requested.
- Track, evaluate and prepare regular reports around policy and advocacy efforts in which MDA is engaged or monitoring.
- Implement and manage the coordination of Grassroots initiatives
- Manage Advocacy Specialist.
- Collaborate and assist with preparing and disseminating member communications, public relations, marketing materials, and publications.
- Prepare correspondence to Congressional offices, executive agencies, advocates, and others as requested.
- Manage MDA’s national Policy & Advocacy conference and advocacy efforts in alternating years.
- Participate in MDA training and educational activities and events.
- Coordinate with MDA’s national and state ambassador program.
- Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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