American Foundation for the Blind — Senior Policy Research Associate

Salary Range $66,344 – $82,930

Public Policy Center

Position Location: Washington, DC

PURPOSE: To offer both representation of AFB and highly skilled leadership in the development, tracking, and analysis of research and related data primarily to support AFB’s public policy agenda.


1. Develops and designs research projects and assists other AFB staff in research design activities. Formulates research-based public policy and program evaluation recommendations.

2. Conducts research which includes but is not limited to: policy research, demographic studies and program evaluation. Translates findings both orally and in writing for both lay and professional audiences.

3. Writes grant proposals and manages outside-funded projects (federal, state, or private), helping to advance and implement AFB’s Research objectives. Explores and generates new funding opportunities. Serves as peer reviewer for grants, when requested by funding agencies as assigned.

4. Serves as primary AFB respondent to demographic and related information requests, and coordinates communication of responses with various AFB departments.

5. Prepares/delivers original research and research-based knowledge through public presentations, publication, and consultation. Trains and provides advice for others inside and outside AFB, on research design and techniques. Designs and coordinates research-related seminar and roundtable activities at AFB-sponsored events and via the Internet to foster discussion, debate and information sharing.

6. Represents AFB before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch through formal and informal written/oral communications, testimony, comments on proposed regulation, etc., for the purpose of articulating support for AFB’s public policy agenda with appropriate evidence from relevant fields of research.

7. Serves as liaison to related disability-based and discipline-based organizations to advance AFB’s public policy agenda and to promote partnership opportunities among interested organizations for conducting and disseminating research.

8. Serves as member of AFB intra-organizational teams, committees, etc. as assigned.

9. Maintains professional development in his or her discipline, research techniques, and social and policy issues affecting people and services in the blindness/low vision field, in order to integrate the “state of the art” into AFB’s research efforts.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.

EQUIPMENT/SOFTWARE USED: Desktop/laptop using Microsoft Windows operating system and desktop/office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).

QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree in public administration or other social science-, public health-, or disability-related field required (doctoral or relevant terminal degree is preferred demonstrable professional/academic proficiency in research methods and policy analysis; Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in the academic, medical, direct service provider, nonprofit advocacy, or legal/public interest arenas. Demonstrated exceptional speaking and writing skills for communication within and outside AFB. Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and work under tight deadlines. Must be regularly available Monday through Friday to attend and participate in meetings held in and around the Washington, DC. area. Travel required.

Interested parties, please email a Cover Letter, Resume, and Salary Requirements to the Human Resources Department at