POSITION: Government Affairs Program Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: Coordinator Level, Full-time, Salaried (with benefits), Exempt

REPORTS TO: Director of Government Affairs

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The Government Affairs Coordinator enhances the mission of the Association by supporting the coordination of the Government Affairs, Public Policy, and Advocacy Department. The Coordinator is part of a team committed to supporting the mission of RID by providing leadership in the areas of professional and ethical standards for interpreters, certification of practitioners, advocacy for RID’s mission and for appropriate standards for interpreters, and guidance on a complex range of compliance issues. Through the promotion and enforcement of the RID CPC, educational outreach efforts, system and policy advocacy, and emphasis of the Ethical Practices System (EPS), the Government Affairs Department takes a holistic approach to promoting and advocating for implementation of interpreter standards in alignment with RID’s mission. The Coordinator will provide support for a broad range of issues related to government affairs at local, state, and federal levels including legislation, notices of proposed rule makings, policy, advocacy, and matters pertaining to the advancement of the profession through certification standards.

The Coordinator assists the department’s Director in coordinating four core areas: customer service through the timely provision of information and referral, legislative/regulatory research and tracking, data maintenance and presentation, and the proactive sharing of ideas/ thoughts/ sentiments to support the department with advancing the organization’s Mission, Purpose, Vision and Values. The Coordinator will assist with managing resources to support affiliate chapters with matters pertaining to legislation/ regulation and will work with the Director and RID’s Affiliate Chapter Liaison to accomplish this. In addition, this individual will provide information, education, and referrals in response to inquiries from members and the community at large regarding certification, policy, advocacy, and compliance.


  • Oversee the coordination of the programs of the Department
  • Respond by phone and email to sensitive, confidential inquiries from members, consumers, and parties about Government Affairs.
  • Perform legislative, regulatory, and policy research, including legislative tracking.
  • Draft advocacy and policy-related communications for a wide range of platforms (social media, e-news, and VIEWs).
  • Serve, on an as-needed basis, as the staff liaison to various committees, work groups, and task forces.
  • Develop materials for the advocacy webpage and collaboration for volunteer leadership educational resources.
  • Support affiliate chapters with matters pertaining to Government Affairs.
  • Use professional judgment to prioritize and respond to daily inquiries for compliance guidance, advocacy, and collaborate with appropriate Headquarters departments and/or RID committees for subject matter referrals.
  • Establish and maintain internal documents and processes to promote departmental efficiency and responsiveness.
  • Attend hearings, briefings, coalition meetings, and other internal and external events as needed.
  • Provide excellent customer service to all who interface with the department.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, history, legal studies, pre-law, public policy or a related area preferred
  • Experience in a legislative body (local/ state/ federal) preferred
  • At least 3 years of related experience in providing administrative support and coordination to a unit or project within a complex organization
  • ASL fluency strongly preferred
  • Written English fluency with technical writing skills required
  • State and federal legislative and regulatory tracking experience
  • Understanding of laws and regulations as they relate to 501(c)3 organizations
  • Proven diplomacy skills and commitment to customer service
  • Experience with database programs
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently while also working collaboratively with a team to develop and carry out projects and duties
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy and confidentiality
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google products
  • Ability to interact effectively and employ sensitivity, tact and diplomacy with staff, members of the board of directors, stakeholders, volunteers, members and visitors.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural management skills working with individuals in need of support and guidance

Salary: Starting at $52,000, commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

If you are interested in this position, please fill out RID’s job application form and selection the position Government Affairs Coordinator. https://rid.org/rid-job-application/

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit, and an equal opportunity employer.

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