Seeking Education Policy Expert

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), as the nation’s premier organization safeguarding the civil, human, and linguistic of deaf and hard of hearing Americans, invites applications for a part-time or full-time Education Policy position within the NAD Policy Institute. This position will involve developing and advancing the best education policies on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing youth in the U.S. Attorneys, as well as non-attorney policy experts, are invited to apply for this position.

The mission of the NAD Policy Institute is to represent the NAD in advancing improvements in legislation, regulations, and policies across a broad range of civil rights and discrimination issues including education, early intervention, employment, healthcare, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications as well as access to public entities and accommodations. 

Key Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this Education Policy position include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor federal and state legislation affecting deaf education and early intervention for deaf infants, and promote advantageous legislation;
  • Oversee and plan the NAD’s overall strategy with respect to deaf education and early intervention;
  • Provide education advocacy training to develop, maintain and communicate with Education Advocates around the country;
  • Contact and communicate with consumers seeking assistance with early intervention or education for deaf youth as part of the client intake process;
  • Provide appropriate information and referrals to consumers who are not accepted for appropriate representation or advocacy purposes;
  • Disseminate information and conduct outreach in the deaf and hard of hearing community about deaf education and early intervention issues;
  • Conduct research and analysis of specific legislative, regulatory, and policy questions relating to deaf education and early intervention;
  • Prepare memoranda, opinions, and position statements on timely deaf education and early intervention issues;
  • Stay up to date with the latest trends affecting deaf education and early intervention issues;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other organizations and individuals to advance the interests of the NAD with respect to deaf education and early intervention;
  • Represent the NAD at conferences, on advisory committees and panels, and through workshops and presentations;
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for growth through grants and other funding; 
  • Assess deaf education situations and make recommendations for the NAD Policy Institute and the NAD Law and Advocacy Center on any actions that may be needed;
  • Pursue, to the extent possible, deaf education situations that support the NAD mission as approved by the Director; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CEO.

NOTE: attorneys applying for this position may also be asked to assume duties as a litigation attorney, in addition to Education Policy work.

Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues related to the advancement of the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals;
  • Policy experience including but not limited to handling client intake, case investigations, community outreach and trainings, drafting legislation/regulation/policy, and handling administrative hearings;
  • Excellent writing and research skills, strong analytic capabilities, and ability to analyze statutes/regulations/policies/cases;
  • Work well with the NAD Policy Institute and NAD Law and Advocacy Center teams at NAD headquarters as well as independently;
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) required;
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; 
  • Proactive in identifying areas of need and diligent in completing tasks pursuant to deadlines; and
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree preferred.

The NAD, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and flexible work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience. At the present time, all NAD employees work remotely

— OPEN UNTIL FILLED — 

Applicant cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples must be emailed to [email protected] NAD is an EEO/AA employer. For more information about the NAD, visit www.nad.org.