Jo Opportunity with NYAPRS

Director of Public Policy & Advocacy

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 in achieving the NYAPRS public policy mission.

Major Responsibilities/Activities: 

  • Lead the development and strategic deployment of public policy programs and resources. Inform and coordinate policy activities. Develop and support Board-level Public Policy committee;
  • Represents NYAPRS directly with federal, state, and local policymakers as directed by Executive Director;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials/staff, business leaders, lobbyists, and business/community organizations;
  • Inform and provide strategic guidance to senior leadership about relevant policy developments and opportunities. 
  • Provide technical assistance and materials through education and advocacy to NYAPRS members that align consumer-provider interests within federal, state, and local 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, meeting one-on-one and developing official correspondence;
  • Manage the annual development of the Public Policy Agenda and program budget; 
  • Manages daily NYAPRS E-News service
  • Provides other duties as required or assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in public policy or related field preferred;
  • 7+ years experience in public affairs and/or government relations; 
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success 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;
  • Must possess multi-tasking, organizational, strategic thinking and relationship-building skills;
  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships with and outreach to national and local media;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Communicates in a strong, positive and effective manner both verbally and non-verbally. Excellent presentation, public speaking and facilitation skills;
  • Capacity to be a "tough-minded optimist," always acting to solve problems with energy and a positive attitude;
  • Strong project management expertise; 
  • 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.

NYAPRS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, retirement plan with non-elective company contribution, and generous paid time off and holidays.

Interested candidates should submit an application, cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

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Director of Human Resources
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 400
Albany, NY 12210

**Completed applications must be submitted for all open positions by August 9th.

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