Director of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA)

20 Mar, 2019


Director of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA)

Children's Institute, Inc. (CII)
Los Angeles, CA

Children’s Institute is a compassionate, innovative leader in the fields of trauma focused treatment, youth development and early childhood and family support services. More than 24,000 children and families in some of Los Angeles’ most underserved communities benefit from CII’s commitment to developing and maintaining an investigative learning approach. The work of CII stretches across many disciplines and program structures in order to positively affect the lives of children and families in Los Angeles.


Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) is looking for a Director of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) to join our outstanding team!

The Director of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) develops, coordinates and implements strategies and activities that advance CII’s mission of transforming the lives of children and families exposed to adversity; builds and maintains strong relationships with elected officials, policy makers, industry associations and leaders in behavioral health, early childhood, family strengthening and related fields; develops CII’s annual policy agenda; strategically coordinates advocacy and community outreach efforts across all CII programs to align with practice, and educates and guides program staff in maximizing resources and influence in the public sphere to positively impact client outcomes.



External Engagement/Government Relations & Partnerships

  • Develops, coordinates and implements strategies and activities that advance CII’s mission of transforming the lives of children and families exposed to adversity and generally build support for the organization. This includes:
  • Strategic engagement with key elected officials (city, county, state, and federal representatives for programs and services).
  • Informs policymakers of CII’s services, impact and strategic priorities, partnering with staffers to identify opportunities for collaboration. Conducts briefings, meetings, forums, site visits and information sessions.
  • Monitors the legislative activities and positions of local, state, and federal elected officials, trade associations, nonprofit partnerships and other policy leaders.
  • Participates in community engagement activities, including Head Start Policy Council, client Town Halls and focus groups.
  • Represents CII publicly on policy issues; presents on panels, webinars, advisory groups, national conferences, and gives public testimony.
  • Engages elected officials, staff and other public space influencers in CII programs and events.
  • Policy and Advocacy Strategy
  • Leads and develops organizational policy agenda and priorities and coordinates advocacy activities (annual policy report to be published). This includes:
  • Coalition Leadership and Engagement: Develops policy partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals on key issues.
  • Advocacy Ambassadors: Trainings for youth, community members, families, and staff to understand government and political processes to advocate and represent the organization at advocacy events.
  • Facilitates cross-­‐divisional internal working groups on key issue areas.
  • Creates materials including language for budget and legislative testimonies, public comments, letters of support and other advocacy activities.
  • Seeks platforms and opportunities in the public space for CII experts to publish and speak as experts.
  • Organizes policy events, forums, and roundtables.
  • Coordinates closely with Communications Director and CEO on public affairs press strategies.

Internal Planning

  • Strategically interfaces and collaborates across program areas and divisions to align practice with policy efforts. In addition to programmatic divisions, aligns with    Development and Communications teams. This include:
  • Cross departmental and organizational planning
  • Internal Working Group on Key Issues
  • Policy briefings and updates
  • Communication-­‐ Leadership messages on issues, public statements

This Position Requires:

  • 3+ years of policy, advocacy, public administration, or public affairs experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, public administration, political science, public affairs, or a related field from a four-year university required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of local, state, and federal government operations and calendar, including comprehensive knowledge of the legislative and budget process; experience working with and initiating relationships with elected officials and their staff; ability to persuade, negotiate, and build trust with others through in-person communications as well as by phone and email; experience with policy and political analysis.
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license and state-required auto insurance.
  • Required to travel extensively (>50% of the time)

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Access to continuous training and development
  • Free Medical, Dental, and Vision under HMO
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401(a) and 403(b)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Company sponsored team building events are always on the horizon. Ex. Gym Pass, Spartan race teams, bowling, fit club, and more.


Children’s Institute, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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Job posted: 2019-03-20