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Job Opening: Programs Coordinator

The Programs Coordinator works closely with the ASAN Director of Operations and other staff to run ASAN’s programs and events. The job is a salaried position in the $37,000-$40,000 range with comprehensive health insurance and three weeks of paid time off per year. The Programs Coordinator will work at ASAN’s Washington, DC office.

Job responsibilities

Leadership Programs (50%)

  • Recruit qualified, diverse applicants for the Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) and Autistic Scholars programs
  • Plan and oversee ACI, including:
    • Planning the ACI schedule
    • Coordinating presenters
    • Scheduling meetings with congressional offices
    • Acting as a point of contact for the venue
    • Arranging for travel, food, lodging, and accommodations for presenters, participants, and staff
    • Coordinating on-site activities
  • Coordinate Autistic Scholars, including arranging disbursement of funds
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to leadership programs alumni throughout the year, assisting in their skill development and activism

Other Events (50%)

  • Coordinate ASAN’s annual Disability Day of Mourning vigils, including:
    • Recruiting and providing technical assistance to site coordinators
    • Managing and distributing ASAN’s event materials
  • Plan and oversee ASAN’s annual Gala, including:
    • Ticket sales
    • Ongoing communication with the venue
    • Acting as a point of contact for sponsors
    • Acting as a point of contact for awardees and speakers, including arranging travel and housing if necessary
    • Coordinating staff and volunteers on-site during the event
  • Plan and oversee additional events and convenings including summits, policy briefings, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills needed

  • Exceptional organizational and event planning skills
  • Experience planning and running multiple types of events (e.g. workshops, lectures, demonstrations, fundraising events, etc.)
  • Experience in project management, including coordinating the efforts of multiple people on a long-term project
  • Ability to work on multiple logistically complex long-term projects simultaneously, balancing emergent situations with everyday workload
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps
  • Strong phone, email, and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with the disability rights, self-advocacy, and neurodiversity movements
  • Ability to work flexible and nonstandard hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to take direction, take initiative, and work in a team
  • Track record of discretion and reliability in work and advocacy environments
  • Willingness to learn about and respect the different access needs of self-advocates and work colleagues

We strongly encourage people of color, people from low-income backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. Interested parties should send their resume and cover letter to

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