What the Head of Government Relations and Advocacy Does:
Lead company efforts to educate community leaders and government officials at the local, state and federal levels about COMPANY’s mission and impact. Planning and implementation of the advocacy and government relations strategy will be undertaken in collaboration with program and external consultants, including the following:
Coordinate and implement COMPANY’s legislative agenda with supporting advocacy and engagement activities in collaboration with program leadership, city and state lobbyists, and the President and CEO.
Strengthen organizational relationships with elected officials at the city, state, and federal levels to secure funding and exposure for COMPANY.
Create strategic alliances and participate in coalitions to maintain/restore government funding for COMPANY programs.
Participate in all applicable advocacy coalitions and manage social media activity around advocacy.
Coordinate sign-ons for legislation and advocacy, make calls to elected officials, and prepare and send letters and emails on behalf of the President and CEO.
Work collaboratively with the Communications Director on upcoming events, extend invitations to local elected officials for COMPANY public and private events, and regularly keep elected officials apprised of programs and projects in their districts.
Work collaboratively with the Grants Team on public funding opportunities and creating/finalizing testimony for program staff, as well as developing presentations for hearings and meetings with community leaders and elected officials
Serve as the main point of contact with COMPANY’s lobbyists, working with them to develop meeting agendas, funding strategies, outreach plans, and schedule meetings.
Author external communications materials in collaboration with Communications Director and consultants to drive awareness of COMPANY’s work and forge new partnerships.
Manage all organizational monthly and annual lobbying filings with government.
Minimum Education/Experience Required:
Master’s degree preferred, plus minimum of five years’ applicable experience in government relations and project management. Preferable experience in equity issues such as housing stability, education, workforce development, and health and wellness.
Strong understanding of New York City and State government, both executive and legislative branches.
First-hand experience with New York City and State legislative and budget processes, and existing relationships in New York City and/or State government is a plus.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to distill complex messages into clear and cogent communications for multiple audiences.
Commitment to creative and collaborative problem solving.
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and meet frequent deadlines.
Confidence in managing a diverse portfolio of projects that expand the strategic reach of the organization.
Working proficiency of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and Raiser’s Edge preferred.
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