Government Affairs Associate

Job Posting: Government Affairs Associate
August 2022

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan child advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA, has an immediate full-time opening for a Government Affairs Associate.

PPC’s vision is to ensure every child living in Pennsylvania can thrive and reach their full potential. Our policy agenda covers issues ranging from early care and education to perinatal and child health, to child welfare and K-12 education.

The associate will provide support to the Government Affairs Director with an overall goal of advancing PPC’s legislative and policy priorities. The position requires exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, sound judgment, and an ability to communicate well orally and in writing. The successful candidate preferably has knowledge and experience in government (legislative or executive branch) and/or government affairs, with an interest in building additional expertise in legislative analysis and advocacy strategies.

The position reports to the Government Affairs Director. The associate will frequently interact and collaborate with PPC’s policy, communications, research, and data staff.

Primary duties include:

  • Maintaining an internal legislative tracking system and conducting ongoing general bill monitoring/activity via www.legis.state.pa.us and Pennsylvania Legislative Services.
  • Monitoring and tracking pertinent federal legislation of interest to PPC.
  • Providing bill analyses/summaries as needed on state and federal legislation.
  • Drafting legislative position memos, testimony, etc. as needed at the state and federal levels.
  • Tracking administrative and/or regulatory developments in concert with policy staff.
  • Keeping internal distribution/communication lists up-to-date for legislative and executive branches at the state and federal levels.
  • Working with Government Affairs Director to build non-partisan relationships with appropriate offices in the state and federal government. In concert with the Government Affairs Director, represent PPC before the state legislature, state administration, and the state’s congressional delegation.
  • Assisting in organizing and executing PPC government affairs events, including its annual policymaker award.
  • Participating in various coalitions at the state and national levels, providing support to the Government Affairs Director in staffing campaigns as needed.
  • Assisting in communications content creation, including bi-weekly e-newsletter, social media channels, direct electronic communications to legislators/staff, and issue-specific policy/research briefs.
  • Drafting grassroots electronic calls to action on legislation as needed.
  • Overseeing scheduling of legislative meetings and preparing information packets for members.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Special Qualifications Necessary:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or related field preferred; equivalent experience also considered.
  • Approximately 1-3 years of work experience in non-partisan government relations or in the legislative/executive branch of government.
  • Previous experience utilizing PLS or similar bill tracking software is a plus.
  • Familiarity with and a passion for public policy issues impacting children.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Exceptional organizational skills are required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to multi-task across a variety of ongoing projects.
  • Contribute to a team environment, as this position will require close coordination with other PPC staff in related areas.

The salary and benefits package is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. PPC provides a flexible hybrid home/office working schedule.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and salary requirements to:

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Attn: Kati Brillhart
200 North Third Street, 13th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
or e-mail kbrillhart@papartnerships.org