Public Policy and Research Associate - Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers - Framingham, MA

The Association of Developmental Disabilities (ADDP) has been the principal advocacy organization representing agencies who provide an array of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, for more than three decades. ADDP also currently represents organizations which support people with brain injuries.

ADDP’s mission is to promote and ensure the strength of the community-based provider community and its members so that they can be successful in improving the access, quality and the value of community-based services. As a state-wide association representing more than one hundred twenty members, ADDP provides leadership on public policy, financing, regulatory and service-specific issues. One of ADDP’s primary principles is to work collaboratively with all branches of government to ensure optimal service delivery for the organizations it represents.

Position Description:

To provide research and policy analysis to ADDP’s leadership team to support the association’s strategies related to state government budget, regulations, legislation, services and other initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Apprises leadership team on a daily basis of rate, regulation and other notices related to membership operations and legislation via professional legislative-tracking services related to ADDP’s priorities
  • Researches, drafts and works with the leadership team to disseminate issue briefs, action alerts, and periodic updates on issues of critical importance
  • Works with the leadership team to develop regulatory, legislative, budget and other testimony
  • Assists with tracking, evaluating and disseminating analyses of state budget at every step of annual budget setting process
  • Provides staff support to several ADDP committees focused on provider operations as assigned
  • Works with the leadership team and ADDP’s national provider association counterparts to further the interests of ADDP members at the federal level
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three (3) years performance in one of the following areas: public policy, provider organization, trade association, elected or governmental office, public entity or advocacy organization preferred
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills as demonstrated in writing sample / past analytical work
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative policy research and analytical skills
  • Ability to evaluate and share with leadership team how policies, rules, regulations, and statutes issued by federal and state agencies may impact providers and services and supports for persons with disabilities served by ADDP’s membership
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative on assignments, handle a broad scope of subject matter, handle multiple tasks and prioritize assigned duties
  • Working knowledge of computer-based tools, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and strong web skills
  • Ability to operate as an integral part of a strong team of professionals
  • In-depth familiarity with intellectual and developmental disabilities and brain injury aspects of health and human service policy and associated federal and state programs is preferred but not required

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position. It requires the ability to work both flexible and extended hours, as needed, and drive your own car (mileage reimbursement) throughout the state to meetings.

ADDP offers its staff a mission-critical, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, time off and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance (paid 100% by Association)
  • Flex Spending Plan
  • Matching / Contributory 403(b) Plan

Interested individuals should submit cover letter and resume electronically to:

Ellen Attaliades, President / CEO

Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers
1671 Worcester Road – Suite 201
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

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