Public Policy Associate

Website AmericanLibraryAssociation, @LibraryPolicy American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time policy and advocacy professional to join its public policy team in the ALA Washington Office. ALA is the oldest and largest association for library and information professionals in the world, delivering pragmatic solutions to pressing issues such as expanding economic opportunity, advancing education, and learning in the global economy, as well as strengthening individual rights such as privacy and free speech.

We are looking for someone with excellent written and oral communication skills along with a commitment to libraries and an interest in working for a membership organization with strong grassroot networks.


This position is part of the Public Policy and Advocacy group and will help track and analyze congressional, federal, and legal proposals related to library concerns, and provide research and outreach assistance to the program staff of the ALA Washington Office.

Activities will range from engaging library advocates and supporting lobbying meetings to conducting background research and preparing summaries in varied content areas. Incumbent also provides assistance on preparing presentations, updating webpages, and other comparable activities.

This position has a particular focus on how libraries enable economic opportunity, especially for communities that need help the most.

This is a grant-funded regular full-time position based in our Washington, DC office with two years of funding in place.  Extension beyond two years is dependent on available funding.

ALA staff are currently working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will resume in-person work at ALA offices when it is safe to do so.  Please note that although we have a generous telecommuting policy for our employees, we do not have any truly remote positions in states outside of our workplace sites.

ALA currently requires that employees be fully vaccinated as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Proof of vaccination will be required on or before start date.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check and proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.

Starting Salary:  Negotiable from 50K, based on relevant experience. ALA offers a 35-hour work week, excellent benefit package including low-cost medical/dental insurance, retirement annuity and generous paid vacation.  You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).


Apply online at including cover letter and resume.


Please send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association

Human Resources Department

Ref:  publpolicyassocPPA

Email: [email protected]


The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer:  Disability/Veteran.



  •  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent study that provided opportunities for research and a major or coursework in relevant areas, such as political science, public administration, communications, library/information science, economics/sociology, or other related fields.
  •  Three years related experience that can include internships and/or volunteer service.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, specifically Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize in a dynamic work environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skillsEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Tagged as: advocacy, communications, democracy, digital technology, economic development, government relations, Internet access, open access, public policy, stakeholder management

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