Director of Government Relations – East Side House Settlement

The incumbent will lead the agency in developing and advancing our policy agenda, which will be developed in conjunction with the Executive Leadership Team. The incumbent will work transversely with departments to develop and implement policy and advocacy strategies to improve ESH’s government relations. He/she will interpret policy change and its implication on the agency and our communities while streamlining advocacy efforts across the agency. He/she will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with federal, state, and local government officials as well as acting as the lead participant in relevant advocacy coalitions and initiatives.
In addition the Director of Government Relations will turnkey information and lessons to East Side House leadership, including Executive Leadership and Senior Leadership. The incumbent will also design and deliver workshops for staff on topics such as advocacy, lobbying, and interpretations and implications of policy changes. He/she will also work with senior leadership to train staff of advocacy methods in preparation of working with families and interacting with public officials.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Leads the establishment of the ESH’s policies and positions on federal and state legislative and regulatory activities
Collaborates and coordinates with federal and state lobbyists and volunteers to drive development and implementation of a proactive public policy agenda
Understands the current human service landscape, and the anticipated impact of ESH’s public policy positions and advocacy
Oversees the development of formal and informal communication on a broad array of public policy issues, including drafting legislative language, comments in rulemaking processes, and materials to explain the ESH’s public policy positions to various constituent groups
Initiates and develops strategic relationships with policymakers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry
Presents and advocates on public policy issues to internal and external audiences
Assesses the impact public policies have on people within human services, and ensures advocacy and public policy positions are aligned with the ESH’s Standards, evidence-based, and consistent throughout ESH
Engages with stakeholders in government, the private sector, the nonprofit sector, academia and the media to inform and communicate ESH’s public policy positions
Recruits and engages Advocates at the leadership and grassroots level to build a network of experts to support the advocacy agenda of ESH
Translates public policies into educational information for the community to empower individuals to make informed choices
Lead and coordinate for the ESH’s volunteer Legislative & Regulatory Subcommittee that develops ESH’s state and federal legislative and regulatory priorities
Assists in the integration of advocacy into the activities of ESH and efforts relevant to Government Affairs & Advocacy to support other divisions/programs
Manages public policy staff and consultants and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership team
Provides input on ESH-wide planning and business integration efforts and prepares and executes budgets
Complete data requests from city and state agencies

Requisite Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or health related field preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of employment in public policy.
Knowledge of the state and federal legislative processes required.
Minimum 3 years of experience working with elected officials and their staff with/within city or state government
Experience with human service issues in the public policy arena.
Experience managing staff and ability to collaborate well with management, co-workers, and volunteers both individually and in-group settings.
Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, communication and organizational skills
Ability to work in a team-oriented environment and multi-task
Professional knowledge of Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.

Work Schedule
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., some nights and weekends are required. Work days/hours subject to change based on ESH’s needs.

Some travel is expected for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
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ESH encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


4-year degree


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