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Policy Research Specialist

Organization: American Foundation for the Blind

Posted: 9/10/2018


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is creating a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

Career Opportunity:

The American Foundation for the Blind is seeking a Policy Research Specialist to work in its DC Metro Office located in Arlington, VA. AFB's Public Policy Center collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society. The position reports to the Director of Research. The successful candidate will provide specialized knowledge and expertise in the development and analysis of policy research and program evaluation to further AFB’s public policy and research agendas and to support AFB’s mission, strategic plan and annual initiatives.


  • Offers specialized knowledge and expertise for the proposal, development and implementation of research projects including but not limited to scientific and policy research, demographic studies, and program evaluation. Offers expert guidance to other AFB staff undertaking research-related activities. Assists with the formulation of research-based public policy and program evaluation recommendations.
  • Provides reliable expert support for the articulation of data and research findings both orally and in writing for lay and professional audiences. Responds to demographic and related information requests and coordinates communication of responses with various AFB departments.
  • Expertly supports the writing of grant proposals and assists with the management of outside-funded projects (federal, state, and/or private), helping to advance and implement AFB's research objectives. Monitors and expertly assesses potential grant opportunities and other opportunities for research revenue. Serves as grant peer reviewer for federal agencies as appropriate and assigned.
  • Undertakes and supports the preparation of original research and research-based knowledge through public presentations, discipline-specific seminars, professional peer-reviewed publications, and consultation. Participates in the design and delivery of research-related sessions and roundtable activities at AFB/other sponsored events and via the Internet to foster discussion, debate, and information sharing.
  • Participates in research conferences and other venues to advance AFB's public policy agenda and to promote partnership opportunities among interested stakeholders for conducting and disseminating research.
  • Maintains professional development in research techniques and social and policy issues affecting people and services in the vision loss and disability fields to integrate the "state of the art" into AFB's research efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:

    Master’s degree required. Master’s level expertise in public policy, aging services, gerontology, labor research, public health, public administration, or disability-related disciplines strongly preferred. Must possess demonstrable professional/academic proficiency in research methods and policy analysis (including experience statistical analysis software). Demonstrated exceptional speaking and writing skills. Knowledge of and experience in vision loss/disability studies a plus. Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment under deadlines necessary. Some travel required.


    Commensurate with experience.

    AFB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. AFB DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES AND WE INVITE PROTECTED VETERANS TO APPLY. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO); and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

    Contact: Mary McGuckin, Sr. Recruiter, PNP Staffing Group

    Phone: (267) 534-2329


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