Government Relations & Public Policy Advisor

17 Aug, 2021


Government Relations & Public Policy Advisor

Providence House
Cleveland, OH

Are you interested in using your talent and knowledge to make a difference in the Cleveland community and advocate for child welfare and family preservation on a local, state and national level?

Providence House is seeking a Government Relations & Public Policy Advisor who will bring a passion for advocacy and public policy expertise to the organization. If you firmly believe in the Providence House mission of supporting families through crisis, are committed to achieving racial equity and social justice, and want to be a part of an innovative and growing nonprofit, we’d love to have you join our PHamily, voted one of the Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2019!

Position Summary

The Government Relations & Public Policy Advisor is primarily responsible for the implementation and management of a comprehensive government relations program encompassing policy, advocacy and funding at the city, county, state and federal levels.The successful candidate excels at coalition building and identifying funding and policy development opportunities that align with our mission and vision.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and support government relations efforts on the local, state and federal level in conjunction with President & CEO, contract lobbyists, and External Relations Director on issues relevant to child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care prevention, and other related family strengthening and child welfare issues.
  • Identify, define, and recommend actions related to agency-focused issues through analysis of data and ideas, planning, and measurement of results and evaluation.
  • Prepare guidelines, position statements, testimony, briefings and newsletters for both internal and external audiences related to public policy, current issues, agency news or funding.
  • Establish collaborative relationships and strategic alliances with interested parties in support of the successful adoption of policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Draft correspondence to support interactions with public officials, agencies, and interested parties via mail, email, social media and other platforms as appropriate.
  • Monitor and inform President & CEO, lobbyists, and internal departments on policy issues impacting the organization’s policies, services, operations, or compliance. Assist in public or internal policy development or change as appropriate.
  • Assist the Center for Crisis Nurseries Team in advocacy and policy efforts and issues related to the national crisis nursery community or other strategic initiatives impacted by proposed policy changes.
  • Identify opportunities at local, state, and federal levels to increase existing, or engage new, governmental funding support through budget appropriations, grants, contracts, billable revenues, etc.
  • Write reports, briefs, articles, blogs and news releases for publication or to share with public officials, agencies and community.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, or a related field or equivalent work experience in government relations or public administration.
  • Two to five years of experience in state/local government relations, public administration, and/or legislative staff experience and a keen working understanding of the US state and local policymaking process
  • Knowledge and experience in federal, state and local rules and regulations, particularly CMS, HHS, MHAS, and JFS


  • Exceptional written and oral communications
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and proof-reading skills
  • Highly collaborative self-starter

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range is $55,000 – $65,000 commensurate with experience. Typical hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Must be able to travel locally or to Columbus or D.C. for meetings and events as assigned. Valid Ohio driver’s license, accessibility to a vehicle and current automobile insurance are required.


Full-time team members receive generous paid time off (PTO), quarterly self-care days, and paid holidays to help promote a healthy work-life balance. We also offer medical insurance, company sponsored dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and a life insurance policy as well as a 403(b) investment plan. By empowering our team, we help to better support the families we serve and together strengthen communities for every child.

EEO Statement

Providence House is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities may be made to perform the essential functions of the job.

Want to join our growing team? Please apply by completing and uploading the application attached as well as including a resume and cover letter detailing salary requirements, relevant work experience, and what makes you a unique candidate.

Application: providencehouseemploymentapplication2.pdf

Job posted: 2021-08-17