Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Washington, DC


This position drives communication from the Movement (field of Boys & Girls Clubs) to DC and from DC to the Movement. This position is integral to our long-term goal of doubling revenue from Federal sources to local Boys & Girls Clubs by 2025. We collectively own our annual fundraising goals and each position is responsible for their assigned agency funding goals. This position, as a part of the DC Government Relations team, is required to participate in strategic planning and active pursuit year-round of those agreed upon goals and to generate new revenue sources from the Federal government that meet the needs of local Clubs and solve problems for the nation. Generating revenue and meeting our annual goals are the main measures of success for this role.

Under the supervision of the National Vice President, Government Relations, the Senior Director, Government Relations, Advocacy Engagement is responsible for the daily management, leadership and support of Government Relations grassroots advocacy for BGCA and local Clubs nation-wide; interpreting to Clubs BGCA?s Federal Policy Agenda and informing BGCA?s agenda with feedback from local Clubs. This includes the development of an overall advocacy training program for Boys & Girls Clubs organizations focused on Federal, State and local elected officials and GR Funded Program Initiatives. This position includes the proactive development, planning and local Club advocacy for the overall BGCA policy and funding priorities, including changes to current policies and advocacy related to development of new youth development policies. This position also leads partnerships with third party advocacy groups to convey and amplify the advocacy work of Clubs and BGCA?s Government Relations team. SDPA works with the Federal Government Relations team to accomplish policy and funding goals, leading special events, and connections between local Clubs and Government Relations contacts. The Senior Director is responsible for the accomplishment of agreed upon Federal advocacy goals.


– In conjunction with the Government Relations Team, provide leadership in developing the annual and long-term advocacy plans of BGCA.

– Develop and maintain a regular and quality communications to and from local Clubs to/from Capitol Hill and the White House. This requires significant time each week spent in communication with the appropriate federal government personnel.

– Maintain a complete knowledge of Members of Congress in the chair, ranking member, likely successors to leadership positions, and connections between MOCs and local Clubs that can help us leverage support on Capitol Hill, continually building relationships and connections to these people and their appropriate staff members via local Club executives, volunteer directors, and local citizens with strong Club and MOC connections.

– Engage local Boys & Girls Club organizations to fully participate with the GR Team in all advocacy efforts and including engagement with their local MOC staff to ensure they know and understand the critical work of Clubs in their districts and states.

– Engage governmental offices to learn about the impact and scope of local Clubs bringing stories, statistics, and accomplishments to the attention of the federal government. Working with your manager to draft compelling one-pagers on local Clubs to share with representatives in the government.

– Engage associations, think tanks, non-governmental agencies, other related organizations and foundations (i.e., third party groups) which align with BGCA policy and funding priorities. Develop new partnerships for outreach, advocacy and youth services through MOUs or other cooperative arrangements that include funding for those efforts.

– Provide active leadership, guidance, technical assistance and communication to local Boys & Girls Clubs on third party support for BGCA policy priorities and resulting third party messaging, communications by think tanks and associations on BGCA priorities.

– Oversee development and provisions of appropriate and accurate Government Relations supporting materials for use with local Clubs and third parties.

– Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the senior leaders of local Clubs and third parties. To include other stakeholders as necessary and instrumental to the garnering of advocacy support for Federal funds and agency budget requests of BGCA by these third parties.

– Provide direction and assure support is provided to Government Relations in regard to the development and pursuit of BGCA advocacy strategy. This includes oversight of materials to be used with local Clubs and third parties, identifying and cultivating associated partners and champions for BGCA policy priorities.

– Develop an advocacy strategy in conjunction with the Sr. Directors for assigned agencies, as well as BGCA program experts and local Club leaders. As part of this, position BGCA leadership to engage as an expert with think tanks and associations at events as promoting youth development programs.

– Establish and Supervise a GR Advisory Panel of local Club executives.

– Monitor, interpret and disseminate regulatory activity from the Federal government that impact local Boys & Girls Clubs, working with other advocates to promote BGCA?s advocacy agenda.

– Provide leadership, participation, and direction on the implementation of annual legislative day events coupled with Youth of the Year events.

– Provide active leadership and hands-on regular and consistent involvement with the advocacy community.

– Conduct and/or participate in state, regional, and national staff meeting and conferences.

– Coordinate all visits by BGCA officials and Boys and Girls Clubs to think tanks, foundations, associations and other organizations ensuring appropriate preparation and knowledge of details they will face. Pre-brief participants in these visits.

– Assist GR Team in development of Board and GR Committee reporting and involvement.

– VIP Coordination for local Club Exposure and DC Events.

– An example of the steps leading a DC Event:

– Identify and secure strong participating partners for the Example: Community Policing event, to include: local Clubs, national level law enforcement community; the associations representing the business community; organizations representing union organizations; current or former executive branch officials with expertise in the community policing arena.

– Development of the discussion, speaker, breakout topics and issues to be addressed at the event and resulting recommendations. Development of all materials and background documentation to be used during the event.

– Coordination with participating organizations in the development of the discussion topics and their engagements. Establish clear expectation for deliverables by participants.

– Establish clear goals for the event and associated policy recommendations to be tested during the event.

– Ensure participants understand and commit to support for the event and its associated outcomes. To include agreed upon plans as the outcome.

– Provide active leadership and consistent involvement with participating organizations.

– Provide a final report capturing the discussion, participants, and recommended policy outcomes of the event.

– Develop all plans and oversee execution of said plans in conjunction with the Government Relations team and inclusion in the BGCA Policy Agenda.

– Develop and execute detailed strategies to promote policies aligning with BGCA priorities but also identify changes in policy areas on youth development BGCA seeks.

– Assist with other duties/projects as assigned by the National Vice President, Government Relations.

– Engage in collaborative work style that enables for open and regular communication and coordination with other Government Relations counterparts.

– Demonstrate BGCA mission driven values of integrity, excellence and inclusion and integrate into work environment and ways of work.

– Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA?s Employee Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.

– Has direct supervision responsibilities over individual contributor(s).


– Bachelor’s degree or education/experience equivalency preferred

– Minimum of five to seven years of appropriate experience with Boys & Girls Clubs or an association, think tank or foundation engaged in youth development advocacy at the Federal and/or State levels.

– Demonstrated successful experience in building community collaborations, engaging in advocacy activities, working with Federal agency policy makers and their staffs.

– Working knowledge of the impact government funds and policy decisions can have on the success of non-profits or youth development community or similar organization.

– Working knowledge of the Federal policy process.

– Extremely motivated individual with the ability to take initiative and work as a team player; understands local Clubs and the third party community of associations, think tanks, foundations, and others involved in advocacy directly or indirectly. Ability to effectively lead and prioritize work requirements while working in tandem with others in Government Relations. Strong written, verbal, and public speaking communication skills; demonstrated ability of strategy development and execution and prioritization of work. Demonstrated high standards of ethics and integrity; self-starter with ability to anticipate department needs and respond to those needs; builds trusting long-term relationships with individuals and organizations; creates and communicates tactical objectives and action plans; Acts as a good steward of resources; excellent customer service skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and the internet.

– High energy, motivated, confident, and creative; ability to work for prolonged periods at high levels of activity, managing multiple tasks with varying deadlines; ability to exchange, clearly and concisely, ideas and fact, both verbal and written. Superior interpersonal abilities. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, flexible. Good reasoning abilities and sound judgment.

Normal internal working environment. Up to 30% travel. The individual selected for this position must possess and maintain a valid driver?s license and be able to navigate areas of the country by using a map or other direction methods.

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Job Posted: September 11, 2017