Organization Overview: The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSADV) is a statewide nonprofit membership organization comprised of local domestic violence service providers and allies who are committed to ending domestic violence. Founded in 1978, we achieve our mission through activism, training, prevention, technical assistance, leadership development, and legislative advocacy. We promote best practices and broad-based collaboration, integrating anti-oppression principles in all our work.

Position Title: Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Responsible To: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Albany, NY

Position Overview: This position is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced individual grounded in social justice movements and organizations. The Director of Public Policy and Advocacy is responsible for coordinating and enhancing policy and advocacy initiatives necessary for NYSCADV’s continued success and growth. The ideal candidate should be able to think broadly and strategically about public policy and coalition building, and also be detail oriented about the process necessary to move our vision into reality.

Position Responsibilities: This position will be charged with public policy, communications, training, organizational leadership, and capacity development responsibilities as follows:
Public Policy:

  • Formulate policy positions through coordinated discussion and input from NYSCADV staff, membership, and key stakeholders
  • Analyze and monitor policy issues affecting domestic violence survivors and their children
  • Build alliances to promote policy collaborations across issues such as poverty, homelessness, immigration, and human rights
  • Provide training and technical assistance for members on the legislative process, laws impacting domestic violence programs and survivors, strategies for systems advocacy, and state and federal government regulations
  • Facilitate NYSCADV’s participation in statewide, regional, and national policy efforts
  • Maintain strong relationships with NYSCADV’s member programs through meetings, networking, training, technical assistance, and dissemination of public policy information
  • Facilitate member program participation in public policy work including the coordination of statewide advocacy days and initiatives
  • Work with NYSCADV consultants and staff to track legislation, read and provide comments on legislative drafts, provide testimony, and meet with key policymakers throughout the year
  • Represent NYSCADV on task forces, workgroups, and committees as requested
  • Communications and Training:
  • Develop, edit, and review NYSCADV briefing papers, reports, and other educational materials
  • Partner with NYSCADV staff to develop and implement social media strategies
  • Plan and participate in NYSCADV trainings, conferences, and other forums
  • Speak publicly on policy issues and represent the organization at meetings as assigned
  • Produce training curricula and materials and conduct trainings for diverse audiences
  • Educate policymakers and the general public on domestic violence issues

Organizational Leadership and Capacity Development:

  • Work with Executive Director to pace organizational development including analysis and implementation of priorities and partnerships
  • Serve as a senior-level thought partner and bridge builder for NYSCADV as a whole
  • Supervise interns, staff, and consultants as assigned
  • Manage research projects that support policy initiatives and needs of member programs
  • Provide individual and systems advocacy as opportunities arise or as requested
  • Support the Executive Director in carrying out the organization’s mission, philosophy, and goals
  • Contribute to the development of organizational goals and strategic planning
  • Assist with grant writing and external agency reporting as requested
  • Compile monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as requested
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three to seven years of experience in policy/advocacy or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Advanced degree (JD, MPP, MPA, or related field) or equivalent combination of experience and education preferred
  • Understanding of social change movements, nonprofit organizations, and government relations
  • Ability to implement a vision, think strategically, exercise good judgment, and lead change
  • Success supervising and mentoring staff and interns and supporting professional development
  • Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, criminal and civil statutes, and their impact on victims of domestic violence and domestic violence programs
  • Planning and project coordination, training experience, and negotiation and networking skills
  • Comfort level in a fast-paced environment with the capability to meet tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Windows operating system and MS Office
  • Proven ability to multi-task and maintain attention to detail required
  • Ability to be a self-starter, initiate and maintain an independent workload, and work collaboratively with all NYSCADV staff, consultants, members, government agencies, and funders required
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to NYSCADV’s Mission required
  • Commitment to nonviolence and ability to respect and work within diverse groups required
  • Ability to comply with agency Ethics, Standards of Conduct, and Confidentiality policies required
  • Valid driver’s license, access to own transportation, willingness and ability to travel required

Compensation: Competitive starting salary commensurate with skills and experience. NYSCADV offers excellent benefits including health, dental, and life insurance and generous leave policies.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to nyscadvjobs@nyscadv.org.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. This position will remain open until filled.

NYSCADV is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
(Rev. 10/18/17)






The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) is a non-profit statewide membership organization. Our mission is to create and support the social change necessary to prevent and confront all forms of domestic violence. We achieve our mission through legislative development and advocacy, activism, training, prevention, technical assistance, and leadership development. We promote best practices and broad-based collaboration, integrating anti-oppression principles in all our work. Our vision for the future is that the collective voices of survivors and advocates as expressed through the Coalition will strengthen public and private response and prioritize domestic violence as a human rights issue.

Internship Position: Research and Program Development Intern

We are looking for dynamic students with demonstrated research, writing, and communications skills. A willingness to learn about new programs and take on new projects is a must. Interns will have a unique opportunity to learn about the work to end domestic violence in New York State as well as gain invaluable nonprofit and coalition work experience. The NYSCADV Research and Program Development intern will work with the NYSCADV team to advance the work of domestic violence advocates in New York State.

Interns must maintain a consistent schedule and should expect to commit to 15-20 hours per week. Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and writing sample by email to: nyscadvjobs@nyscadv.org. Applications will be accepted until September 15th. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research to support the development of position papers, legislative memoranda and resource/educational materials;
  • Assisting to NYSCADV’s research projects, events, and outreach activities; 
  • Assisting with the creation and updating of materials for the NYSCADV website, NYSCADV social media pages, the NYSCADV newsletter and other mechanisms; and
  • Assessing current systems to determine ways to improve the institutional response to domestic violence; 
  • Assisting with the coordination of internal policy materials and processes, such as maintaining databases of legislation; coordinating policy resources and updates; and retrieving relevant legislative materials;
  • Collaborating with multiple stakeholders and organizations in policy development.