Position Title:  Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Hours: Part-time, 20 hours/week      

General Function Statement

The Policy and Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the Autism Society of Ohio’s (ASO) state-wide advocacy and family support initiatives, advancing the mission of the Autism Society of Ohio and of America.  Specifically, this position represents ASO with the following duties:

  • Attend statewide meetings on behalf of the ASO coalition, including but not limited to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Family Advisory Council and Community of Practice meetings, the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD), the Ohio Coalition for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the State Advisory Commission for Exceptional Children (SAPEC).
  • Represent ASO at important meetings and as coalition member of identified legislative and/or rulemaking issues important to families and individuals living with autism.
  • Coordinate coalition advocacy efforts such as drafting letters for ASO and/or stakeholder signature, organizing opportunities for testifying on important issues, preparing sensitive action alerts to be disseminated, etc.
  • Prepare agendas for and attend Autism Society of Ohio Board meetings.
  • General administration of the Autism Society of Ohio business including updating website, working with program coordinator on support programs, and implementing the strategic plan.
  • Network and collaborate with other disability organizations.
  • Expand Autism Awareness and programming across the state in areas not served by local Autism Society affiliates.
  • Other duties as needed, such as fulfilling general administrative duties as required as an affiliate of the Autism Society.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Understanding of the political dynamics of the state and how they impact issues.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to manage timelines, work collaboratively and to gather and summarize information.
  • Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to build consensus and behave professionally in all aspects of work life.
  • Demonstrated passion for making a positive impact on individuals, families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit is preferred.
  • History of volunteerism and community service is preferred.
  • Knowledge of autism is preferred, but caring about people impacted by autism is mandatory.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings as weekends as needed.

Experience and Salary:

  • Minimum of two years of public affairs experience preferred. College degree required. Salary based upon experience.


  • Person must have ability to attend meetings primarily in Columbus, but does not have to reside in Columbus. Mileage and travel per diem will be provided. Person must live in State of Ohio.

About the Autism Society of Ohio

The Autism Society of Ohio is a coalition of the Autism Society of America’s affiliates located in Ohio:  Central Ohio, Greater Akron, Greater Cincinnati, Greater Cleveland, Mahoning Valley and Northwest Ohio.  ASO is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the nation's leading grass roots autism organization.  The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people with ASD, advocating for appropriate services across the life span, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, and advocacy.

How to Apply

Please do not call. We hope you will understand that we may not be able to respond to all applicants, and we deeply appreciate your effort to contact us. Applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.  Send resumes to: Autism Society of Greater Akron, 703 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44311

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