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Associate Director of Public Policy Position Open at Association of Research Libraries

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks an experienced advocate to lead on key priorities within the Association’s Advocacy and Public Policy agenda.

ARL is a collective of leading libraries and archives in the United States and Canada. The Association has a proven record of accomplishment in law and public policy, most notably in copyright and other forms of intellectual property; digital information access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accessibility; privacy; and open scholarship.

This position presents a unique opportunity to work on major policy questions of the Information Age, in close collaboration with higher education and scholarly communities and with the ultimate aim of advancing the research enterprise, including equitable and enduring access to knowledge.

The associate director’s major responsibilities will include the following:

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance the Association’s legal and public policy agenda in legislative, administrative, and judicial forums
  • Assess core research library interests in, and formulate Association positions on, active information-policy debates
  • Build strong partnerships on key issues with other stakeholders in libraries, higher education, scholarship, and civil society
  • Represent the Association in outreach to policy makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch, and in public events and meetings
  • Provide clear, concise analysis and written communications for ARL members on key public policy issues
  • Help mobilize ARL’s membership to influence government policy-making in key moments, and in responding and adapting to major legal and policy developments

For details about the position and qualifications, see the full job posting.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, and the posting will remain open until filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, and a résumé to Ryan Clough (rclough@arl.org).

With questions about the position, contact Ryan Clough, senior director of Public Policy and general counsel (rclough@arl.org).

ARL is an equal opportunity employer, and is firmly committed to providing opportunities for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. ARL encourages applications from candidates who thrive in diverse and inclusive environments.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.