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Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Vice President of Public Policy
February 2015

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a statewide children’s advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA has an opening for a senior staff position. Applicants should be seasoned professionals with a strong background in policy development, mobilization, and state and federal lobbying.

The position reports to the President and CEO. Primary duties include:

1. Provides leadership and guidance to PPC’s government relations, coalition building and community mobilization efforts.

2. Oversees the development of PPC’s public policy priorities including legislative session agenda, annual budget priorities, and outreach to candidates for key offices.

3. Supervises the work of the government affairs associate and policy directors, including routine review of employee progress on work plans and guidance in daily work.

4. Maintains a public policy tracking system and shares appropriate information in a time sensitive manner with PPC staff and key constituencies.

5. Ensures high-quality, state-of-the-art research and data analysis guide PPC’s public policy efforts.

6. 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 PA General Assembly, PA state agencies, and with members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

7. Works with PPC staff, board and other leadership to build and maintain both grasstops and grassroots support for the organization’s public policy agenda.

8. Works closely with Vice President of Communications to develop PPC products and communications tools to engage policymakers and mobilize key constituencies.

9. Represents PPC at various coalitions, task forces and advisory boards at the state, regional and national level.
10. Participates in the senior staff team and helps guide the strategic direction of the organization.

11. Supports the development foundation grant proposals and reports.

Special Qualifications Necessary:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field and/or 8-10 years of progressive work experience working in a bi-partisan manner
  • Problem-solving skills
  • State and federal budget and policy analysis skills
  • Political and public policy positioning skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Management experience
  • Field mobilization and/or electoral experience preferable

Applicants must be committed to working in a fast-paced environment, detail oriented and mission driven.

Salary and benefit package are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Send resume and salary requirements by March 13, 2015 to:

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Attn: Joan L. Benso, President and CEO
116 Pine Street, Suite 430
Harrisburg, PA 17101

or e-mail to president@papartnerships.org