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Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Child Welfare Policy Director 

April 2015

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide children's advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA, has an opening in its senior staff for a child welfare policy director. Applicants should be seasoned professionals with a strong background in child welfare as well as a keen working 

knowledge of relevant state and federal policy. Experience in public policy development, research and  data analysis, coalition building, mobilization and strategic communications required.  Primary duties include: 

  1. Use data and research, to pro-actively assist in the development and advancement of the  organization's public policy agenda including specific policy and budget proposals that are  designed to take steps to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of Pennsylvania's  children. 
  2. Develop and implement strategies to advance the agenda including the engagement of advocacy  partners, policymakers, grasstops and grassroots leaders, and the media. Campaign elements  will include research and analysis, mobilization, coalition building, communications and  government relations. Close coordination required with other PPC staff with responsibilities in  related areas. 
  3. Monitor and analyze current state and federal public policy efforts focused on child welfare. 
  4. Represent PPC as appropriate at the state and national levels inside and outside of government.
  5. Participate in coalitions, task forces and advisory groups as appropriate.
  6. Seek opportunities to advance PPC's public policy agenda and PPC's base of support through  presentations at events, conferences and meetings.
  7. Use PPC's e-advocacy system to mobilize advocates, build PPC's advocacy base and influence  policymakers.
  8. Drafts material for reports, factsheets, interviews, presentations, social media and other  communications efforts overseen by PPC's communications director.
  9. Provide relevant information and updates for inclusion in all regular PPC publications. 
  10. Provide all necessary assistance for grant reporting and other fundraising efforts.
  11. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. 

Special qualifications necessary 

  • Experience in public policy development, government relations, coalition building, mobilization and  communications. Substantive background in the child welfare system.
  • Five years prior successful public policy and children's issues experience. 
  • Superior platform, written communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to model and interpret the research and findings of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children  to government officials, and vice versa, leaders in children's issues and the community at large. 
  • Bachelor's degree in child development, social work, political science or related field. 

Applicants must be committed to working in a fast-paced environment. Salary and benefit package  are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume, salary requirements and a writing sample by April 17, 2015 to  Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children  116 Pine Street, Suite 430,  or e-mail to president@papartnerships.org Harrisburg, PA 17101