CLM is looking for a Communications and Public Policy Support Specialist!
JOB TITLE: Communications and Public Policy Support Specialist
JOB TYPE: Full Time
SALARY: Salary based on experience
START DATE: 01/15/2018
ADDRESS: 11 Beacon Street Suite 820 Boston, MA 02108 United States
The Children’s League of Massachusetts is a statewide non-profit association of over 75 private and public organizations and individuals that collectively advocate for public policies and quality services that are in the best interest of the Commonwealth’s children, youth, and families. It is through public education and advocacy that CLM promotes the availability, accessibility, and quality of these needed services.
As providers, consumers, advocates, purchasers and regulators of services, CLM members know firsthand the issues facing today’s children and youth, as well as the challenges inherent in addressing them. During this time of major shifts in the delivery and funding of children, youth, and family services, CLM serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members, a vehicle for keeping the focus on the needs of children, youth, and their families, and a powerful source of common action.
CLM works independently and in coalition around these critical areas to advance public policy by developing needed legislation, analyzing the state budget as it affects children and families, and promoting evidence-based best practices. CLM also works to educate both the public and policy-makers about national trends and pressing state-wide issues regarding the child welfare system.
Job Summary: The Communications and Public Policy Support Specialist will work with the CLM team to develop and advance CLM’s public policy agenda as well as raise the public profile of the Children’s League and its member programs. This position will require the ability to build and sustain relationships with CLM’s membership, CLM partner organizations, members and staff of the Executive Branch, the State Legislature and media outlets. It is suggested that the applicant have strong communication skills and an interest in issues that affect children and families, specifically those related to behavioral, mental, and public health.
· Design invitations, event flyers, and notices for board meetings and other CLM events;
· Manage CLM’s calendar of events, listing conferences, events, workshops, and other meetings hosted by CLM Members including job openings and other postings as needed;
· Oversee CLM’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, including ensuring that other CLM staff are posting important news and actions items;
· Coordinate with the Executive Director, Director of Public Policy and Communications Consultant the distribution of CLM Members weekly email and bi-monthly Friends of CLM newsletter.
· Maintain CLM website including timely updates on advocacy from other CLM staff, job posting from members and keeping the photos updated;
· Work with Executive Director and CLM team to develop and implement a communication strategy to advance public policy and raise CLM’s public profile.
· Contribute to the research, development, analysis, and implementation of CLM’s policy and state budget agenda;
· Develop written materials, including research briefs, memos, white papers, fact sheets, presentations, and other materials as needed;
· Attend meetings with the Executive Branch and the State Legislature as needed;
· Participate in coalition and task force meetings, policy briefings, conferences, and other events related to CLM’s policy agenda;
· Attend legislative and administrative hearings related to CLM’s policy agenda and other hearings as needed, including but not limited to hearings on the state budget and hearings for the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Public Health;
· Organize and run CLM coalitions and task force meetings and other events related to CLM’s policy agenda in support of the Director of Public Policy;
· Schedule coalition and task force meetings, take meeting minutes and distribute as appropriate;
· Inform membership and CLM friends of relevant events, articles and other material via social networking platforms working in collaboration with the Communications Consultant to ensure continuous messaging for CLM;
· Track, monitor, research, and prepare policy and/or advocacy materials as needed;
· Assist Director of Public Policy in drafting legislation, amendments to legislation, and budget amendments as needed;
· Participate actively in staff discussions and meetings;
· Other duties as assigned.
Desired Skills and Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree in communications, political science, public policy, public health or other relevant area of study
· 2-3 years of work experience in communications, policy, government, customer relations or related field preferred;
· Knowledge of the state legislative and budget processes;
· Strong analytical, writing and communications skills, including public speaking;
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
· Experience with marketing campaigns on social media
· Ability to work with diverse populations;
· Ability to multitask while maintaining strong attention to detail;
· Ability to take initiative and work independently;
· Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple concurrent tasks;
· Ability to work with large groups and keep meetings on track;
· Ability to summarize meeting conversations and ensure that members have a clear next step;
· Demonstrated ability to make strategic decisions in complex or fast-paced situations;
· Experience or proficiency using Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, WordPress and social media networks;
· Access to reliable transportation and be able to travel to monthly board meetings and other events around the state not located on public transportation;
· Must register as a lobbyist in Massachusetts and be in compliance with state ethics laws regarding lobbying.
403(b) retirement plan, health insurance, dental insurance, paid vacation days
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED