Program Assistant

Written August 22, 2016

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Washington, DC Office: 1220 L Street NW, Suite 815, Washington, DC 20005

Headquarters: 32 Laight Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013

Reports to: Lindsay Jones, Vice President & Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer



Working in the Washington, DC office, the Program Assistant will provide support to the Public Policy & Advocacy and School Transformation departments. The Program Assistant will report directly to the Vice President & Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer.



The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the one in five of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more. As the leading programming, research and advocacy organization for learning and attention issues, NCLD empowers parents and young adults, transforms schools, and creates policy and advocacy impact. We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

NCLD’s flagship program and platform for large-scale change, Understood, was launched in October 2014. provides an opportunity to take the organization to the next level of impact and, most importantly, serves as a platform for mobilizing millions of people for the cause.

In addition to Understood, NCLD is a leading learning disability advocate in Washington, DC and operates programs to support schools in serving students with learning and attention issues.

Building NCLD’s programs and field leadership, the organization is poised to make a transformative leap in impact to empower millions more – individuals, families, educators and others who care about learning and attention issues, and is expanding its team to enable this effort.

NCLD generates Policy & Advocacy and School Transformation impact by:

  • Developing and implementing national multi-year campaigns to advance systemic change that will benefit individuals with learning and attention issues
  • Educating and working with policymakers at the national, state and local levels who are committed to our agenda and regularly speak out in support of it
  • Developing and growing an engagement program to help parents speak out and advocate for individuals with learning and attention issues
  • Researching how personalized learning systems at the local, state, and federal levels can include all students, including those with disabilities
  • Partnering with districts/state departments to implement coherent and sustainable whole system change with a focus on the needs of students with learning and attention issues
  • Transforming Schools through the Schools That Work Project, which provides technical assistance to several school districts in Massachusetts to implement multi-tier system of supports (MTSS)


Team Support

  • Coordinate and support event planning, including congressional briefings, coalition meetings, and internal and external NCLD meetings
  • Manage the Public Policy and Advocacy Internship Program, including recruiting, interviewing, and selecting interns; providing orientation; assigning and supervising tasks; and updating intern procedures as needed
  • Assist the Policy and Advocacy Team in working with experts like NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board and Policy Committee, preparing communications, scheduling and organizing calls, and maintaining contact as needed
  • Drafting and preparing communications to support NCLD priorities and initiatives as needed, including drafting letters, infographics, and one-page briefing documents; writing internal memoranda; and blogging for
  • Supporting knowledge-building activities related to Public Policy & Advocacy and School Transformation, including attending webinars and briefings in D.C. and conducting online research as needed
  • Working collaboratively within NCLD and across all teams to achieve measurable impact
  • Manage NCLD’s Public Policy & Advocacy Twitter Account, engaging parents and other stakeholders on key issues
  • Attend relevant briefings and participate in coalition meetings, representing NCLD and sharing key information with the Public Policy & Advocacy team


  • Reconcile monthly expense reports
  • Support budgeting processes by tracking costs related to core team activities
  • Support the process of developing and tracking contracts and invoices
  • Manage relationships with various consultants and vendors, including overseeing delivery of goods and services, and processing of invoices for payment while coordinating with NCLD’s Finance and Accounting team

Office Management

  • Provide office management assistance to the DC Office including ordering supplies; management of office-related vendors and the development and creation of office-related promotional materials
  • Manage and schedule team travel and conference participation for NCLD’s DC Office and occasionally attend conferences and manage NCLD’s presence
  • Participate in planning for grant proposal development, as needed


  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree and has a demonstrated ability to accomplish clear goals and organize time sufficiently to work in a professional environment.
  • High energy, dynamic individual, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple planned and unplanned projects. The ideal candidate is someone who takes the initiative to move projects forward and with good judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required (experience with social media and online community engagement preferred).
  • Excellent Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet research skills (basic graphic design skills a plus).
  • Stellar organization skills and attention to detail, including the ability to manage several projects with deadlines at one time.
  • Commitment to NCLD’s Mission and Vision.
  • Ability to interact with public and professional audiences with tact and diplomacy.
  • Flexible work style, positive attitude, and commitment to teamwork.
  • Two years of professional experience preferred (Nonprofit/office experience a plus).

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer


To apply please send resume and cover letter with subject line “Program Assistant” to: