Job Opportunity with NYAPRS - Senior Administrative Assistant

NYAPRS Seeks Public Policy/Advocacy Director

NYAPRS is a not-for-profit organization based in Albany, NY that is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights so that all people can participate freely in the opportunities of society. For more information about NYAPRS, please visit

Position Summary:
The Director of Public Policy & Advocacy is a key member of the NYAPRS management team and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director, Board and Public Policy committee members in achieving the NYAPRS public policy mission.

Essential Functions:

  • Represents NYAPRS directly with federal, state, and local policymakers as directed by Executive Director.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant government officials and staff, colleagues, and other appropriate groups.

  • Inform and provide strategic guidance to NYAPRS staff, board and members about relevant policy developments and opportunities. Provide technical assistance and materials through education and advocacy to NYAPRS members aimed at incorporating member interests within federal, state, and local policies and mandates.

  • Directly lobby federal, state and local elected officials and staff on public policy issues important to NYAPRS as needed. Lobbying activities may include testifying at public hearings, agency and legislative meeting and developing official correspondence.

  • Maintain direct contact with NYAPRS members via presentations at regional events and regular follow up communications to gain their input and provide feedback on advocacy outcomes.

  • Lead the development and implementation of NYAPRS’ grassroots advocacy campaigns, in coordination with the Public Policy committee.

  • Develop effective relationships with state and federal media towards educating the public and policymakers about NYAPRS member interests.

  • Manage the budget related to public policy related activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy or related field preferred.

  • 5 years’ experience in public affairs and/or government relations.

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success building rapport and working with policymakers, preferably at senior legislative or executive level.

  • Demonstrated understanding of national policy issues and current trends and in state and federal policy matters affecting health and human services, housing, employment and cultural competence.

  • Must possess project management, organizational, strategic thinking and relationship-building skills.

  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships with and outreach to national and local media.

  • Communicates in a strong, positive and effective manner both verbally and non-verbally. Excellent presentation, public speaking and facilitation skills.

  • Capacity to pragmatically achieve best possible policy outcomes.

  • Demonstrates a high level of personal accountability, confidentiality and willingness to share expertise.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite with ability to write and articulate public policy positions.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel.

  • Lived experience with the mental health system preferred.

We offer a competitive benefit package including health and dental benefits, 403(b), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Paid Time Off (PTO). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

Director of Human Resources
1 Columbia Place, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12207