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Director of Federal Policy

Manager of Workforce Development

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Entertainment and News Media Director

RespectAbility’s Entertainment and News Media Director is a full-time position that reports to the Senior Vice President of Communications and Entertainment & News Media (ENM) and works closely with the entire ENM team, and will have several direct reports including positions at the Manager and Associate level, who supervise Coordinators and Apprentices.

The ideal candidate finds enjoyment in keeping not only themselves organized but also a team organized. The Entertainment and News Media Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Entertainment Media team, which includes handling dozens of entertainment industry requests simultaneously, managing logistics for pipeline initiatives, assigning tasks to other members of the team, and keeping track of deadlines. A successful candidate will have strong operations and project management skills.

This individual is an ambassador for the organization and builds relationships with various stakeholders including the entertainment industry, employers, the media, and others about issues related to people with disabilities. The goal of this position is to:

  1. Ensure smooth-running and successful day-to-day operations, deadlines, and stakeholder relations.
  2. Develop organizational structure and institutional tools for the long-term success of the team.
  3. Support the SVP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media in strategizing and evaluating initiatives against the needs of both the industry and disabled creatives.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees of RespectAbility will conduct themselves in accordance with its Core Tenets:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Collaboration
Commitment to Performance Metrics

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Programming

  • Entertainment Media Program: Support outreach to leaders in the entertainment industry to promote authentic, diverse, and inclusive media portrayals of people with disabilities on screen and better hiring practices behind the camera. Examples are not limited to but may include:
    • Support team in developing and conducting department and production-specific disability inclusion trainings.
    • Develop relationships and speak at national entertainment conferences and industry events (i.e. RespectAbility webinars, conferences, Disability inclusion trainings, etc.).
  • Workforce Development Programming (Lab, Bootcamp): Support the development of training programs, placement, and alumni relations for disabled entertainment professionals working behind the camera, including, but not limited to:
    • Strategize and develop current and new pipeline initiatives.
    • Support operations of Lab programming, including during recruitment and application reviews.
    • Maintain alumni relationships.

Resource Development

  • Business Development: Support the management and growth of the Entertainment Media Consultancy. This includes managing an Entertainment Partnerships and Advocacy Manager as well as:
    • Oversee tracking past and current projects and all relevant materials.
    • Train new members of the entertainment media consulting team.
    • Track and expand the reach of RespectAbility’s consulting business.
  • Relationships & Partnerships
    • Stay updated with trends and projects of interest in the entertainment disability community.
    • Cultivate and research potential partnerships with organizations, schools, and corporate companies.
  • Fundraising Support
    • Support SVP of Communications and ENM and development team by providing information needed for grant and sponsorship opportunities to ensure funding for work. 

Communications

  • Share relevant information with SVP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media and management team for cross-functional communication, organizational strategy, and DEIA initiatives.
  • Inform Communications and Marketing team of any relevant disability inclusion news in the entertainment industry for consideration to amplify.
  • Brand stewardship of RespectAbility in entertainment.
  • Assign writing assignments of ENM-related documents, i.e., film reviews, Lab recaps, event previews, profile interviews, newsletter pieces, etc.

Management

  • Internal Operations and Strategy
    • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Entertainment Media team, ensuring that meetings, proposals, deadlines, presentations, and other duties are carried out seamlessly. Delegation of tasks as needed.
    • Build organizational support and foundation for future growth of Entertainment Media team, including creating and managing organizational systems.
  • Supervise several team members at a variety of levels to ensure that deadlines and scheduling needs are met, and tracking systems and databases are updated.
    • Promote a culture that values commitment to quality and learning.
    • Ensure opportunities for professional development.
  • Ensure timesheets and expenses are turned in in a timely manner.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience in a management position in the nonprofit or entertainment industry.
  • Strong operations and project management skills.
  • Experience managing others in a virtual environment.
  • Proficiency in Airtable and other project management tools preferred.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills, including ability to create reports and standard operating procedures.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders, including in-person, via Zoom, and via email.
  • Detail-oriented, highly motivated, and a team player.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including fighting stigmas and advancing opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom.
  • Experience with helping identify and support accommodations for a wide range of disabilities preferred.
  • Preference for individuals located in Los Angeles.
  • Willingness to travel for work-related events.

Salary range: $70k to $90k. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

RespectAbility is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We value a diverse workforce and strive to be a fully inclusive and equitable workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, record of arrest or conviction, or other legally protected characteristics. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people, people of marginalized genders; people with disabilities; protected veterans; and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing. Please contact Human Resources by email or phone: Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272.

Director of Federal Policy

Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy and Workforce Development and serving as an integral member of RespectAbility’s Policy and Workforce Development Department, the Director of Federal Policy is a full-time position responsible for working with the policy team, board members, advisors, volunteers, and partners to achieve the policy and advocacy goals outlined in RespectAbility’s strategic plan.

The Director of Federal Policy leads public policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation on key laws, regulations, and actions of material importance to the operations of RespectAbility. The Director of Federal Policy provides the substantive expertise and direction needed to achieve the organization’s public policy goals; influences state and federal elected bodies, elected officials and administrative agencies. They will build systems, processes, and tools to track, measure, report, and communicate on legislative activity, priorities, progress in real time for internal and external stakeholders. They are charged with public policy development for a broad range of policy issues and will work will all members of the policy team to advance our public policy and advocacy priorities and positions, and overall strategic positioning.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees of RespectAbility will conduct themselves in accordance with its Core Tenets:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Collaboration
Commitment to Performance Metrics

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Support

  • Build and manage overall federal policy agenda and goals, including tracking, identifying, and seizing opportunities to affect legislative, regulatory, and administrative action
  • Develop legislative strategies and positions supporting RespectAbility’s objectives, which include development of policy briefing documents, legislative testimony, amendments, comments, and policy white papers as needed
  • Build or strengthen relationships of trust with public officials and other stakeholders to create opportunities to educate and advocate on key issues
  • Collaborate with partners, including federal government, disability and service organizations, businesses serving not-for-profit organizations, and employers to identify and implement key systemic and policy issues solutions to barriers for success
  • Devise strategies and opportunities to educate any impact decision-makers on the key issues identified facing people with disabilities, both informally and in the legislative and regulatory process
  • Collaborate with state counterpart to standardize approaches to issues, as well as align multistate/federal practices
  • Produce documents from advocacy letters to regulatory comments to reports and instructional and education materials
  • Work with the Senior Director in building and managing departmental budget
  • Conduct internal and external trainings and webinars as requested
  • Assist in department recruiting and hiring
  • Attend and present at relevant conferences and public facing events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

Resource Development

  • Fundraising/Grants
    • Partner with the Development team to engage in qualification, strategy, and relationship building with national foundations and corporate funding entities, with a view toward sustained transformational giving over time
    • Steward and support the development and growth of partnership opportunities to deepen engagement and meaningful collaboration between the organization and funders
    • Record key data touch points on programmatic efforts and support overall departmental grant reporting requirements
    • Support individual giving campaigns

Communications

The Director of Federal Policy will maintain necessary internal and external communication to meet the scope of work for which they are responsible.

External communications may include:

  • Regular communication with stakeholders by means of weekly department newsletters
  • Providing additional communication, as needed, to promote confidence in our leadership and their ability to move the mission and maintain partnerships
  • Maintain timely communication with internal and external stakeholders through email, phone, and other forms of communication
  • Collaborate with RespectAbility’s communications team for overall messaging and to advance policy goals

Management

  • Train and supervise direct reports, which may includemanagers and associates, and will include apprentices in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program
  • Complete performance reviews for direct reports on a semi-annual basis
  • Participate in all RespectAbility’s meetings and relevant program activities
  • Assist in managing budget for the department

QUALIFICATIONS

  • This position is remote, but a candidate residing in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area is preferred
  • Thorough understanding of and experience influencing legislative/political processes
  • Established network of political and federal and/or state agency contacts
  • Proven track record of government relations accomplishments
  • Strong written, and verbal communication skills and experience creating and effectively delivering factual, relevant, and easily understandable talking points and other messaging
  • Ability to interact effectively and build relationships with a wide range of external audiences
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly and remotely in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic, nonprofit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and willingness to learn other systems and tools
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in state or federal government, government relations, or direct lobbying
  • 3+ years of ascending responsibility in a managerial or departmental leadership role
  • Bachelor’s degree or Advanced degree required

Salary range: $70k to $90k. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

RespectAbility is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We value a diverse workforce and strive to be a fully inclusive and equitable workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, record of arrest or conviction, or other legally protected characteristics. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people, people of marginalized genders; people with disabilities; protected veterans; and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing. Please contact Human Resources by email or phone: Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272.

Manager of Workforce Development

Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy and Workforce Development and serving as an integral member of RespectAbility’s Policy and Workforce Development Department, the Manager of Workforce Development is responsible for working with our team, board members, volunteers, advisors, and partners to achieve the policy and workforce development goals outlined in RespectAbility’s strategic plan.

The Manager of Workforce Development will support the policy team to promote widespread use of RespectAbility’s recommendations on all our Workforce Development efforts, including, but not limited to job seeker supports, employer adoption of best practices, school to workforce transitions, disability entrepreneurship, and more. They will work with all members of RespectAbility’s Policy and Workforce Development Department to implement strategies and opportunities to educate any impact decision-makers at the federal, state, and local level. They will contribute to advocacy and education efforts both informally through relationship building and through the legislative/regulatory process.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees of RespectAbility will conduct themselves in accordance with its Core Tenets:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Collaboration
Commitment to Performance Metrics

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Programming:

  • Advise and train workforce development boards on regional plans to plant the seeds for progress
  • Build and participate in coalitions of labor, management, government, and/or nonprofits to build solutions to workforce challenges
  • Ensure knowledgeable partners through training of people with disabilities, allies, coalition partners, and sector experts to equip them to educate and advocate decision-makers and others
  • Optimize pipelines of employment for people with disabilities by removing barriers through cooperation between workforce development boards, employers, labor, vocational rehabilitation, and educational institutions
  • Collaborate with partners, including state and local government, disability and service organizations, businesses serving not-for-profit organizations and employers to implement key systemic solutions to barriers for success
  • Attend all regular scheduled meetings: 1:1 with supervisor, team meetings, partner meetings, coalition meetings, advisory council meetings, and others as needed and identified
  • Work with and support our Policy Associates and Apprentices in their assignments.
  • Plan, assist with, and deliver trainings and presentations
  • Professionally represent the organization in meetings with key officials, attending virtual and/or in person events, develop content for publication, and support civic engagement
  • Respond to emerging legislative issues, support public engagement with their members of Congress and participate in online policy dialogues/events
  • Other duties as assigned

Resource Development:

  • Support the policy team in communication with funders and donors.
  • Assist the development team to articulate the successes and value proposition of our workforce development efforts to pique the interest of additional funders
  • Record key data touch points on programmatic efforts and support overall departmental grant reporting requirements.

Communication:

The Manager of Workforce Development will maintain the necessary internal and external communication to meet the scope of work for which they are responsible. This will be either done by them or delegated to an appropriate member of their team.

Internal communications may include:

  • Regular communication with team members and staff
  • Providing additional communication, as needed, to promote confidence in our leadership and their ability to move the mission and maintain partnerships

Administration:

Complete all general responsibilities of RespectAbility employees, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining a work and meeting schedule that promotes collaboration across the many areas and time zones of the organization
  • Submitting time sheets and other administrative paperwork in a timely manner
  • Attending regularly scheduled meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must reside in Los Angeles or within reasonable proximity. Will also consider candidates who are willing to relocate and have considerable experience in California.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to people with disabilities/disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Skilled at building connections to promote meaningful partnership with diverse external stakeholders.
  • Able to meet all deliverables and outcomes on tight and critical timelines as outlined for projects.
  • Collaborative, detail-oriented, initiative-taking, and honest professional with a sense of humor and proven track record of success.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of three years of combined experience in workforce development and/or public policy, job development and job coaching, or systems change/advocacy experience.
  • Managerial and administrative experience.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly and remotely in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic, nonprofit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and willingness to learn other systems and tools.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.

Salary range: $50k to $70k. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

RespectAbility is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We value a diverse workforce and strive to be a fully inclusive and equitable workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, record of arrest or conviction, or other legally protected characteristics. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people, people of marginalized genders; people with disabilities; protected veterans; and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing. Please contact Human Resources by email or phone: Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272.

Faith Inclusion and Belonging Associate

The Faith Inclusion and Belonging Associate will join our growing team at an exciting time as we expand our work in interfaith inclusion. The Associate is an integral member of RespectAbility’s Faith Inclusion and Belonging Department responsible for coordinating the department workflow, managing various projects, and interacting with staff and apprentices as we facilitate the inclusion goals outlined in RespectAbility’s strategic plan. The Associate will report to the Senior Director of Faith Inclusion and Belonging.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees of RespectAbility will conduct themselves in accordance with its Core Tenets:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Collaboration
Commitment to Performance Metrics

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide administrative support to the Department, such as maintaining data and reporting, coordinating meetings, taking meeting minutes and disseminating information.
  • Support team by performing tasks related to organization and communication while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Schedule meetings on Zoom and manage captioning and recording, and as required, American Sign Language interpreters. Ensure that technology is working prior to events.
  • Although we are meeting virtually, occasionally there will be in-person events. The Associate will manage in person-events as required. This may include researching and retaining venues, food, speakers, lodging, etc. as needed. It will also include developing a detailed knowledge of reasonable accommodations and working to meet accommodation requests as effectively as possible.
  • Make travel arrangements for staff such as booking flights, cars, hotel or restaurant reservations, as well as setting up reasonable accommodations.
  • Coordinate Senior Director’s speaking engagements with the Disability Training and Speakers Bureau.
  • Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, invoices, reports, and other correspondence.
  • Coordinate communication strategies, including department newsletter, social media, webinars, and podcasts, to raise awareness and promote RespectAbility’s faith inclusion work, best practices, research, and life stories of people with disabilities.
  • Attend all regular scheduled meetings: 1:1 with supervisor, team meetings, partner meetings, advisory council meetings, and others as needed and identified.
  • Maintain department communications calendar, including the newsletter schedule, writers’ topics and article due dates, webinar and podcast recordings, and social media.
  • Edit newsletter articles and other documents, including emails, letters, resources such as guides and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Serve as liaison with the Communications team and others.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Some travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity, inclusion, and access and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to people with disabilities and disability issues and an interest in intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Commitment to ensure that all people with disabilities can fully participate in and lead activities in their chosen faith community.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently problem-solve.
  • Organizational skills including the ability to manage details and work with several priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of one year of combined experience in such areas as disability, mental health, community inclusion, inclusive education, direct support, advocacy, job coaching, or faith-based inclusion as a professional or volunteer.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly and independently in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic, nonprofit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, and willingness to learn other systems and tools.
  • Ability to independently research, gather, and analyze information.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required.

Salary range: $45k to $55k. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

RespectAbility is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We value a diverse workforce and strive to be a fully inclusive and equitable workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, record of arrest or conviction, or other legally protected characteristics. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people, people of marginalized genders; people with disabilities; protected veterans; and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing. Please contact Human Resources by email or phone: Tonya Koslo at [email protected] or 202-517-6272.

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