Director of Public Policy and Community Relations

24 Aug, 2020


Director of Public Policy and Community Relations

Amherst Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN


Stakeholder Management (60%):  Develop and manage internal and external stakeholder relationships and partnerships

External Public Policy and Community Representative

  • Represent Wilder and become a visible and available presence among key stakeholders. Advance cross-sector relationships, partner and collaborate with other organizations to initiate or advance in the public sector programs and issues that impact the populations and communities Wilder serves.
  • Maintain strategic relationships with the community, local civic leaders, key public officials and policy makers to ensure that Wilder stays proactively engaged with systems and is continuously anticipating external changes.
  • Ensure key opinion leaders understand Wilder’s presence and impact in the community.
  • Provide consultation, facilitation, and capacity building support to nonprofit, public, and community organizations.
  • Serve as the hub for new community requests and potential partnerships. Support by navigating internal systems and process to connect stakeholders to the appropriate staff, and ensure follow-through with requests.
  • Engage with funders as requested by Program Developer and Executive Team.


Internal Coordination and Capacity Building – The foundation for successful public policy work begins by building relationships and processes throughout the organization to increase Wilder’s overall advocacy and public policy capacities. Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Director of Health Initiatives, Promise Neighborhood staff, and other staff with advocacy and policy functions to coordinate and prioritize policy work.
  • Provide consultation, facilitation, and capacity building support to Wilder leadership and staff.
  • Actively seek opportunities to engage Wilder staff, participants and clients in advocacy and public policy work.


Policy Analysis and Lobbying

  • Analyze legislation, regulations and policy proposals that would affect the populations and constituencies Wilder serves.
  • Research and track policy and platform changes.
  • Provide relevant and timely updates on legislative activities to Wilder leadership, the Board of Directors and other key staff as needed.
  • In collaboration with the key staff and the Executive Team, draft legislative and administrative rule change language, and public policy recommendations.



Strategy Management (20%):  Develop and implement the public policy vision and work plan in support of organizational goals

  • Collaborate with Wilder Research and Wilder Program to advance and leverage a public policy framework that is informed by Wilder’s research, service, and community engagement experience.
  • Ensure strategic alignment between program activities, evaluation plans, and Wilder’s core and strategic priorities.
  • Implement action plans to promote community and civic engagement activities, and identify opportunities for financial support to sustain these efforts.
  • Work with communications staff on marketing and communications plans to increase reach and recognition of Public Policy efforts.


Talent Management (10%):  Recruit, develop and manage employees, volunteers or interns in ways that engage talent and maximize effectiveness

  • Recruit, hire and manage staff for the Community Equity Program (CEP) and related policy and/or community engagement activities.
  • Provide regular and ongoing supervision and coaching to staff, volunteers or interns in order to improve performance.


Operations Management (5%):  Delegate and execute work; develop and implement infrastructures and systems that support service delivery; manage and maintain regulatory and best practice standards; evaluate outcomes and use data to inform decision making

  • Stay informed of related trends, models and approaches being developed in relevant fields and communities.


CEP Program Supervision

  • Provide technical assistance and expertise on CEP curriculum as directed by CEP Manager.
  • When needed, assist with advocacy and policy training during CEP cohort program.
  • Serve as a link and resource between CEP cohort members and activities at the State Capitol and other relevant policy settings.


Financial Management (5%):  Manage a financial plan, strategy or budget to ensure appropriate use of financial resources

  • Develop and monitor public policy department budget in collaboration with Finance Manager to maintain spending within budget parameters.
  • Work in collaboration with CEP Manager and Program Developer on fund development and program sustainability. Activities include, but are not limited to, assisting with grant writing, outreach and meeting with funders and potential funders, articulating community impact of the work, and etc.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant funding sources and contracts in collaboration with the Program Developer.


Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. MA preferred. Law degree or Masters in public policy, social sciences, public administration, social work, community development, or similar degree preferred. No exchange for BA requirement.


Minimum of five years full-time experience in public sector or relevant nonprofit, state-level legislative advocacy experience in a role as a community organizer, advocate in systems change or public sector employee connected to policy contexts, legislative process, nonprofit legislative advocacy, or other involvement in public policy related activities. Record of involvement with community leadership and service. Demonstrated cultural competence and experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Other Information

•           Serve on special committees and task forces as assigned

•           Special projects and other duties as assigned

•           Maintain professional memberships

•           Work hours may vary according to advocacy and policy priorities and calendar

Competitive compensation and benefit package including health, dental, 401(k), life, disability, flexible spending and development funds. Eligible federal loans may also qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).


Online Application Information

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There are four sections to the application process, please follow these instructions carefully:

  1. Contact information. Be sure to fill out all of the required fields (marked with a red *).
  2. Verification of email address. Enter the code sent to your email address.
  3. Enter Address
  4. Resume and cover letter section. First upload your resume in the resume section then upload your cover letter and any other required documents mentioned in the job posting in the second upload area.
  5.  Questions. Answer “How did you hear about this job/posting?” question and other questions if applicable.
  6. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Questions (EEO).  We are required to ask these questions, using this wording, to meet federal guidelines. If you prefer not to answer any questions you can skip them but you must check the box labeled “I have read the above invitation to self-identify as an individual with a disability”
  7. Review and Edit. Here you can review and edit sections as necessary.
  8. Attestation. Read statement, check the box and enter your name. Then click submit.
  9. Optional profile.        At this time Wilder is not reviewing this profile information. Click on “Return to Career Center” at the bottom of the page.

Job offers will be contingent on the successful applicant‘s proof of authorization to work in the United States and the results of a background check related to the job requirements.

It is the policy of the Amherst H Wilder foundation to provide an equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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Job posted: 2020-08-24