Director of Government Relations

28 Jul, 2022

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Director of Government Relations

Melwood
Upper Marlboro, MD

Job Details
Description
The Director of Government Relations will be responsible for Melwood’s government relations, regulatory affairs, and public policy advocacy at the federal, state and county levels.

 

Role requires significant expertise with relevant federal, state and regulatory agencies, political affairs, public policy and industry affairs. Substantive background in Human Services and Disability required. This position reports to the Vice President, Government and Public Relations.

 

INTRODUCTION

The Director/Senior Director (commensurate with experience) of Government Relations will be responsible for Melwood’s government relations, regulatory affairs and public policy advocacy at the federal, state and county levels.

 

Role requires significant expertise with relevant federal, state and regulatory agencies, political affairs, public policy and industry affairs. Substantive background in Human Services and Disability required. This position reports to the Vice President, Government and Public Relations.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct and coordinate Melwood’s government relations agenda and advocacy efforts, including legislative lobbying, grassroots advocacy, and position recommendations.
Research and analyze local, state and federal public policy issues impacting the lives of disabled people.
Develop talking points, legislative summaries, and materials to support advocacy efforts.
Monitor legislation and regulatory activity. Prepare summary reports for internal and external audiences.
Coordinate policy meetings with partners and legislative staff.
Work with VP, Government and Public Relations to manage external communications for policy efforts including action alerts, website content, social media and e-newsletter articles.
Build relationships with external stakeholders, including coordination and support of coalitions, trade groups, and aligned organizations.
Serve as needed on statewide councils, taskforces and working groups representing Melwood.
Collaborate with Melwood’s Board, staff members, programs and other stakeholders to formulate annual legislative agenda.

QUALIFICATIONS

Juris Doctorate degree. Master’s degree or commensurate professional experience in Political Science, Government.

Expertise or demonstrated commitment to working in the field of disability policy.

Expertise in Appropriations and Federal Procurement Policy a very strong plus.

Substantive knowledge of the Maryland, DC and Virginia legislative process and/or experience as a lobbyist.

Demonstrated practice in writing testimony, bill tracking, testifying, organizing legislative panels, and building/managing issue coalitions are strongly preferred.

Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills required. Must be able to work with a broad diversity of professionals.

Ability to work independently in a fast-paced office.

Strong organizational and program management skills required.

Strong computer skills required.

Must be responsible, reliable, professional, punctual, and flexible.

Must be able to travel to meetings, and events in DC/Maryland area.

 

Qualifications
Education
Required

Masters or better.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job posted: 2022-07-28