• 07-Apr-2017 to 22-Jul-2017 (EST)
  • Public Policy
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • TBD
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical; dental, vision; life insurance and LTD; paid vacation, sick time and holidays; onsite gym free of charge

Position Description

The Policy Associate will assist with all aspects of RAINN's policy work, including research, government relations, and advocacy efforts. The associate will serve as a primary liaison to support RAINN's role in the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI) project. SAKI is a project of the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance. This position requires occasional travel to support the SAKI project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Vice President of Public Policy, the Policy Associate will:

  • Support and, as requested, participate in lobbying efforts for appropriations and anti-crime issues;
  • Attend/monitor government and coalition meetings;
  • Provide daily updates on congressional schedules and events;
  • Prepare and provide summaries and recommendations on legislation and other policy proposals, as requested;
  • Perform research on issues with relevance to sexual violence;
  • Prepare meeting materials and research, including to support media inquiries received by RAINN's communications department;
  • Maintain a database of key policy department contacts;
  • Write and update materials, including fact sheets and newsletter articles, as assigned;
  • Support RAINN's work on the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative by:
    • Attending stakeholder and grantee meetings; developing materials and participating in discussions with grantees and project partners, including consultants, law enforcement, and community partners;
    • Providing, as requested, on-site and remote training, technical assistance and support to SAKI sites;
    • Participating in calls and meetings with SAKI partner agencies and government stakeholders;
    • Coordinating with project partners to identify the most effective training and support for various sites;
    • Assisting with organizing and tracking details for project-related meetings and events;
    • Keeping records and details and preparing reports to submit to the lead project organization (Research Triangle International);
    • Building and sustaining relationships with SAKI project partners and grantees;
  • In coordination with department staff, update RAINN's state law databases;
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Position Specifications/Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge and/or ability required:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum three years of legislative or similar experience strongly preferred.
  • Solid knowledge of and familiarity with policy issues related to sexual violence, including response and investigation, including the role of forensic DNA preferred.
  • Experience and success with developing training curriculum and educational materials preferred.
  • Exceptional analytical, research and organizational skills a must.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Must be able to perform with minimal supervision and function well in a cooperative team environment. S/he must possess the ability to effectively relate to a wide variety of people and demonstrate creativity in addressing assignments and problem solving.
  • Experience with and skill in statistical analysis a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to exercise good professional judgment and ethical behavior in handling sensitive material with discretion.
  • Commitment to RAINN's mission and goals.
  • Ability to travel as necessary (approximately 20%).
  • Must complete a criminal background check (administered by RAINN).

Physical activities:

The following physical activities are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations:

  • While performing the duties of this position, the individual is required to walk, sit, possess the manual dexterity sufficient for the operation of a computer/PC; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. 
  • Must have vision correctable to the level where the individual can operate a computer; visualize text on a computer monitor.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 80% of the time.

To Apply:  Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to VP of Public Policy at https://rainn.applicantpro.com/jobs/   Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please no phone calls.


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