Advocacy Manager

National Center for Learning Disabilities

About the organization

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.


The National Center for Learning Disabilities is looking for an Advocacy Manager who will be responsible for assisting in the development and execution of NCLD’s federal and state advocacy strategy. The Advocacy Manager will be primarily responsible for representing NCLD on Capitol Hill and developing relationships with congressional staff, participating in coalition activities, and leading advocacy efforts at the federal level. In addition, the Advocacy Manager will be responsible for leading advocacy efforts in three key states and overseeing the work of parent advocates in those locations. The Advocacy Manager will lead the content and communications efforts of NCLD, including managing vendors and consultants, to ensure consistency in messaging across the organization and effective execution of our advocacy strategy.


3+ years of education policy experience (some special education/education policy preferred)
Experience working for the U.S. Congress and/or experience as a leader in education policy and government affairs

Bachelor’s degree, with master’s or law degree preferred

Keen awareness of and ability to understand complex issues, including the political process and climate

Evidence of legislative savvy, federal contacts, and success

Sense of humor

Ability to adapt and be flexible when the circumstances and agenda demand it

Interest in advocating for children with learning and attention issues

Exceptional writing and speaking abilities

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, work within budget, and achieve strategic goals



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Job Application: First Name Last Name, Advocacy Manager”

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