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2017 NAPABA Lobby Day

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NAPABA Policy Associate

Description & Details


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students and approximately 75 national, state, and local associated Asian Pacific American bar associations around the country. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.


The Policy Associate is a fulltime, exempt position under the primary supervision of the Policy Director. The Policy Associate is responsible for supporting NAPABA's advocacy efforts on issues including hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration, voting rights, and language access. The Policy Associate also supports programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.


  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Excellent member-oriented ethic and ability to interact positively and effectively with a variety of audiences (including internal and external stakeholders) using written, verbal, and nonverbal communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Self-sufficient and able to work independently.
  • Organized and highly detail-oriented.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with different stakeholders.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently under pressure and with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback.
  • A team player who is able and willing to work collaboratively and congenially in a small office environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Experience with CQ Knowlegis or similar tools a plus.
  • Experience with the Asian Pacific American community a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required.
  • Two to four years of legislative, policy, or advocacy experience required.
Physical Requirements:
  • This position involves sedentary work and working at a computer for long periods of time.
  • This position requires the ability to exert sufficient force to lift and carry packages up to 50 pounds on occasion and the ability to operate a computer and calculator.
  • This position requires the close visual acuity needed to prepare data and analyze figures, transcribe numbers and words, inspect documents, and view a computer screen for prolonged periods of time.
  • This position requires the ability to input figures and text into written and electronic formats using a computer and pen and paper.
  • This position requires the ability to communicate with individuals by means of the spoken word in person and by telephone and in writing by correspondence including email.
  • This position requires the ability to travel to the NAPABA office and other locations.

Essential Responsibilities:

Research and Analysis (approx. 50% of time)

  • Monitor legislative developments and analyze legislative text.
  • Monitor developments in key legal cases.
  • Draft internal briefing memoranda on various policy and legislative issues.
  • Provide guidance to other staff and NAPABA members about policy and legislative issues and best practices in advocacy.

Communications & Outreach (approx. 17% of time)

  • Draft talking points and press releases.
  • Draft membership communications, including social media posts and graphics, about policy and legislative developments and opportunities for engagement.
  • Coordinate with NAPABA board members, committee chairs, and other internal stakeholders as part of NAPABA's advocacy efforts.
Event and Program Support (approx. 17% of time)
  • Support NAPABA's participation in the Coalition of Bar Association of Color (CBAC)and serve as NAPABA's staff representative on the planning committee for CBAC's annual Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy and the annual CBAC meeting.
  • Coordinate NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day, which brings NAPABA members from across the country to Washington, D.C. to visit their congressional representatives to advocate on legislative and policy issues.
  • Provide support for regional conference and annual convention programs related to policy and legislative issues and diversity in the legal profession.

 Intern Coordinator (approx. 16%)

  • Serve as the intern coordinator and administer the NAPABA internship program for undergraduate and law students.
  • Provide guidance to other staff members about supervising and mentoring interns and best practices in intern coordination.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $42,000-50,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits (after applicable waiting periods and other eligibility requirements) include: 100% employer-paid individual health insurance coverage (including dental and vision); employer-funded Health Reimbursement Account; 6% employer-match for 401(k); 14 days paid-time off in the first year of employment (16-22 days in future years); 15 paid holidays annually (including all federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day); and eligibility for flexible work hours and telework up to two days/week.

How to Apply / Contact

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and writing sample to NAPABA Executive Assistant Robin Glenn at with the subject line "Policy Associate Applicant." Applicants also should provide the names and contact information for three references, at least one of whom should be a current or former supervisor (employment or volunteer). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

NAPABA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.