Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Paraquad (St. Louis, MO)

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  • Department: Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Prepared by: Aimee Wehmeier
  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Approved by: Aimee Wehmeier
  • FLSA Status: Exempt

Basic Function: Full time position in the Public Policy and Advocacy department.  The Director of Public Policy and Advocacy is a member of the leadership team responsible for directing and guiding Paraquad’s policy and advocacy agenda.

This position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree AND 10 years of disability rights policy and advocacy experience-OR- a Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent related experience. 


Program Development, Planning and Evaluation

  • Maintain ultimate responsibility for developing, implementing and evaluating Paraquad’s policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Manage department budgets, grants and expenditures.
  • Coordinate with the public policy staff to provide expert testimony and advocate for local, state and federal governments to enact disability rights policies as needed.

Staff Management and Training

  • Provide strategic leadership and organizational management of the public policy and advocacy department to achieve annual goals through effective planning, communication and implementation.
  • Hire, develop and retain staff of the highest quality.
  • Establish fair, consistent and efficient procedures for goal setting and staff evaluation.
  • Develop clear staff accountabilities based on the Independent Living philosophy and Paraquad’s mission.

Community Collaboration and Outreach

  • Serve as a spokesperson for Paraquad’s policy and advocacy agenda with the general public, the media, policy funders and the disability community.
  • Build support among allies and community partners for Paraquad’s policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Educate the public and create awareness of disability rights, policy and advocacy issues through public presentations and the media.
  • Serve as Paraquad’s representative on state boards and committees.


  • Serve on the Board policy committee and attend committee and full Board meetings.
  • Complete special projects as needed or assigned.
  • Protect participant’s rights to privacy and confidentiality in all forms of communication.
  • Attend and participate in all required trainings and meetings.

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy
  • Knowledge of disability-related laws
  • Knowledge of lobbying
  • Policy research, analysis and evaluation
  • Grassroots organizing and coalition-building
  • Clear and persuasive communication
  • Self-starting work ethic
  • Willingness to travel
  • Ability to build and lead a team
  • Personal experience with a disability preferred

Education and Training

  • Master’s Degree preferred -AND-
  • 10 years of disability rights policy and advocacy experience -OR-
  • Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent related experience.