Policy and Advocacy Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with Experience




New York
New York
United States


Essential Job Functions

The duties outlined below are considered to be the most significant responsibilities of the Assistant and are essential for effective performance in this position. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·      Support Policy and Advocacy department activities, including meeting logistics and preparation including compiling agendas, assembling briefing materials, and making travel and conference call arrangements.

·      Track and summarize rape kit reform legislation.

·      Track policy developments in news, electronic and social media, and other information centers.

·      Represent the Foundation at coalition meetings and conferences as needed.

·      Reconcile monthly credit card expenditures for policy department personnel.

·      Assist with all data entry, record keeping, and server/hard file organization.

·      Support management of internship program and coordinate intern schedules and supervision.

·      Assist with compiling and reporting program metrics and accomplishments.

·      Assist with drafting, editing, and preparing advocacy documents including fact sheets, testimony, letters, email alerts, and web content.

·      Respond to requests for information from the public, media, and others.





·      Bachelors Degree in sociology, women or gender studies, criminal justice, or related field.

·      At least one year of policy or social change experience in the field of violence against women and girls in the United States highly preferred (this can be in the form of an internship).

·      Administrative non-profit, legislative, or government affairs experience strongly preferred.



·      Strong administrative and project management skills.

·      Highly organized, detail driven.

·      Comfortable with multi-tasking, prioritizing tasks, and quick deadlines; flexible.

·      Comfortable in a rapidly moving environment.    

·      Superior oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.

·      Ability to work both independently and in a team environment, approaching problems or conflict professionally and constructively. 




The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.


Joyful Heart is an equal opportunity employer.


The equal employment opportunity policy of the Joyful Heart Foundation provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, familial status, disability or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. 


Joyful Heart Foundation reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to receive equal employment opportunity and/or perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship to the Organization.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to: jobs@joyfulheartfoundation.org. Subject

line must read: P&A Assistant. No calls will be accepted.