Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs

Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs

Yaffed is seeking to hire a Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs to lead our efforts to educate government officials about the extent of educational neglect in many Yeshivas.

Yaffed was founded to advocate on behalf of students denied basic general education in many ultra-Orthodox schools. Our mission is to ensure that students receive the academic skills they need in order to pursue lives of economic self-sufficiency with a broad range of opportunities for personal choice and individual fulfillment. Our vision is a world in which Yeshiva students receive a robust general studies education in the schools they currently attend.

General job description:

The Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs is expected to coordinate engagement and  awareness among government officials at the local, state and federal levels about the issue of secular education in Yeshivas and the need for serious steps to ensure proper oversight and adherence to educational standards and requirements in non-public schools. Yaffed’s efforts should lead to improved educational policies and enforcement of state law to ensure that all children, including those attending Yeshivas, receive an adequate secular education.

Tasks include:

-Tracking legislation

-Reviewing and drafting legislation and amendments

-Analyzing agency funding streams and budget legislation

-Drafting and reviewing advocacy materials

-Maintaining a calendar of hearings, votes, important dates, conferences, etc.

-Scheduling and attending meetings with legislators and other policymakers

-Planning and leading advocacy trips to Albany and local legislatures

-Organizing and leading local forums and educational events for legislators, their staff, and the public


-Strong commitment to Yaffed’s mission and vision

-Highly organized, great management skills

-Minimum of BA in related field

-Fluent English

-Superb communication skills, including public speaking

-Willingness and ability to travel to and from a home location (Midtown, City Hall, Albany)


1 year+ prior experience in advocacy

Salary= commensurate with experience

Benefits= employer contribution to medical insurance

Travel cost= Most travel expenses covered

Paid Time Off= Major legal and Jewish holidays + 13-15 flexible sick, personal, and vacation days.


Please apply to and reference "Advocacy Director" in the subject line. Include a resume and a cover-letter.