Director of Public Policy – CLM

Posted May 29, 2013 in Job Opportunities with No comments

The Children’s League of Massachusetts is Hiring a Director of Public Policy 

Full Time
Reports to the Executive Director
FLSA:  Exempt

The Director of Public Policy is responsible for managing the overall legislative agenda of CLM including researching positions that are consistent with CLM’s mission, planning and drafting legislation, formulating legislative priorities with the Executive Director, Public Policy Committee and Consultant, staffing CLM legislative task forces and working with the departments of Health and Human Services regarding budgetary and legislative issues.

Essential Responsibilities:

Organizational Management

- Assist Executive Director in preparing lobbying reports bi-annually;
– Recruit and manage public policy intern;
– Work with Executive Director and Director of Operations on CLM’s annual budget;
– Support CLM members in developing and maintaining relationships with their legislators;
– Attend all Board of Directors meetings and when needed attend Executive Committee meetings;
– Lead and organize CLM’s Public Policy Committee including, keeping notes of meetings, informing members of
new legislative developments and ensuring emerging issues are tracked.

Advocacy

- Work with the Director of Operations around preparing communications pertaining to legislation for the
website and newsletters;
– Research emerging children’s policy issues and develop new legislation for CLM to take the lead role on with
the input of the Executive Director, CLM Membership and Consultant;
– Work in collaboration with other advocacy coalitions around CLM endorsed public policy issues, including:
the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, DCF State-Wide Advisory Council,
Strengthening Families   Coalition, Juvenile Life without Parole Coalition and Youth Aging Out of DCF;
– Analyze the State Budget specifically around CLM priority line items, develop budget amendments with CLM’s
Consultant and work to support other initiatives CLM endorses;
– Prepare legislative analysis, summaries and talking points  for CLM’s priority legislative bills;
– Manage hearing process in consultation with CLM’s Consultant and Executive Director including preparing
panel speakers, drafting testimony and any press material pertaining to the issue for the media;
– Creating action alerts  for the CLM Friends list pertaining to budget and legislative advocacy;
– Keeping in contact with CLM’s Consultant around developments in the legislative process;
– Develop relationships with policy makers both in the Senate and the House of Representatives to determine
children’s issues champions;
– Representing CLM on other committees, task forces, coalitions as needed.

Special Projects

- CLM Annual Day of Advocacy – Plan, organize, and manage, in coordination with the Executive Director
and Consultant,  CLM’s Annual State House Advocacy Day held in March;
– CLM’s Children’s Services Appreciation Week – Plan, organize and manage, in coordination with the Executive
Director, CLM’s Legislative District Week held in October;
– Develop with other advocacy organizations a Children’s Policy Forum to be held in 2014;
– Work with the Legislative Joint Committees to provide an informational hearing for new members at the start
of the legislative session.

Other Responsibilities

Perform other duties as directed.

Desired Skills and Experience

- At least 5 years work experience required in advocacy, government, non-profit or legal sector with a
preference of child and family services policy or practice;
– Strong skills in working with coalitions, CEOs and senior level policy makers;
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
– Demonstrated ability to develop Public Policy;
– Excellent oral and written communication skills;
– Event/conference planning and execution;
– Skilled in WordPress and other social media tools
– Must have access to reliable transportation and be able to travel to monthly board meetings and other events
around the state not located on public transportation.

Requirements

- Minimum Education:  Graduate degree or Bachelor’s with two additional years work experience beyond the
required five years.
– Must register as a lobbyist in MA and be in compliance with state ethics law regarding lobbying.

Application

Please send cover letter, resume, three references and two writing samples (ex: legislative testimony, legislative summaries, action alerts or talking points) to:

Erin G. Bradley, Executive Director, at erin@childrensleague.org or,
Children’s League of Massachusetts, 11 Beacon St., Suite 820, Boston, MA 02108.

Applications should be receieved by 5:00pm on June 10, 2013.

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