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Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children -  Government Affairs Professional

February 2018

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a statewide non-partisan children's advocacy organization has an immediate full-time opening for a government affairs professional.

Applicants must have a strong background in direct state and federal lobbying, policy development, mobilization, and coalition work. The position reports to the Vice President of Public Policy. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is an equal opportunity employer.

Primary duties include:

  • Provides leadership and guidance to PPC's government affairs efforts, coalition building and mobilization efforts, including direct and indirect lobbying of state and federal officials.
  • Builds and maintains non-partisan relationships with appropriate offices of the state and federal government to assure the organization's success. Represents PPC before the state legislature, state agencies, and with members of the state's congressional delegation.
  • Assists in the development of PPC's public policy priorities including legislative session agenda and annual budget priorities.
  • Maintains bill tracking system and assists in public policy tracking system, sharing appropriate information in a time sensitive manner with PPC staff and key constituencies.
  • Ensures high-quality, state-of-the-art research and data analysis guide PPC's public policy efforts.
  • Works with PPC staff, board and other leadership to build and maintain both grasstops and grassroots support for the organization's public policy agenda.
  • In coordination with other PPC staff, participates and represents the organization in various coalitions, task forces and advisory boards at the state, regional and national level.
  • Assists in the development of ideas and content for communications materials, including policy briefs and data reports, factsheets, presentations, infographics and other mediums in consultation with Director of Communications. Provide relevant information and updates for inclusion in regular PPC publications.
  • Assists in grant application and reporting requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Public Policy.

Special qualifications necessary:

  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy or related field required; advanced degree a plus.
  • A minimum of 8, but preferably at least 10 years of progressive work experience in non-partisan government relations.
  • Familiarity with electronic bill tracking systems, e-advocacy systems and the legislative process is required.
  • State and federal budget and policy analysis skills in addition to political and public policy positioning skills are a must.
  • Familiarity with public policy impacting children is a plus, including early learning, education, child welfare and health care.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to multi-task across a variety of ongoing projects.
  • Contribute in a team environment, as this position will require close coordination with other PPC staff in related areas.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.

 Salary and benefit package are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Send resume and salary requirements by March 2nd to:
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Attn: Kari King
116 Pine Street, Suite 430,
Harrisburg, PA 17101
or e-mail to kking@papartnerships.org