NYAPRS Seeks Public Policy/Advocacy Director, Sr. Admin Assistant

NYAPRS Seeks Public Policy/Advocacy Director, Sr. Administrative Assistant

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 www.nyaprs.org.

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.



Position Summary: Senior Administrative Assistant

This position provides clerical and administrative services and assistance of moderate complexity, requiring the use of judgment and discretion on a regular basis for multiple projects. This position may also provide direct support to project directors as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Handles a wide variety of situations and conflicts involving the clerical and administrative function of the office. This includes summarizing the content of incoming materials, specially gathered information, or meetings to assist their supervisor/directors; coordinating the new information with background office sources; and drawing attention to important aspects or conflict.
  • Interprets requests and helps implement action, as well as decides whether ensures that requests for action or information are relayed to the appropriate staff member.
  • Coordinates, handles, and/or completes recurring projects or one-time projects, as directed by supervisor and/or project directorsthe executive/project directors should be notified of important or emergency matters, as needed. In the absence of their supervisor,
  • Screens telephone calls and visitors, ascertaining who can be redirected to subordinate management. Provides information to callers, including key internal or external sources, which requires comprehensive knowledge of organization policies, practices and operations.
  • Regularly arranges meetings, teleconferences, and appointments without clearance based upon project demands.
  • Prepares special or one time reports, presentation materials, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources. May assist in the research, analysis and interpretation of data under the direction of management.
  • Performs a broad range of administrative support details on a regular basis, requiring initiative and judgment to make independent decisions for which probable errors may have moderate effect on cost impacts on organizational outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates degree or equivalent.
  • 4+ years demonstrated progressive administrative support experience.
  • Highly organized with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret information.
  • Data management, including entry, analysis, and manipulation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

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