Director of Public Policy

POSTED Feb 02 2017

Children's League of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Full Time

Director of Public Policy

Full Time

Reports to the Executive Director

FLSA:  Exempt

About CLM:

The Children’s League of Massachusetts (CLM) is a statewide non-profit association of over 80 private and public organizations and individuals that collectively advocate for public policies and quality services that are in the best interest of the Commonwealth’s children, youth, and families.  It is through public education and advocacy that CLM promotes the availability, accessibility, and quality of these needed services. 

As providers, consumers, advocates, purchasers and regulators of services, CLM members know firsthand the issues facing today’s children and youth, as well as the challenges inherent in addressing them.  During this time of major shifts in the delivery and funding of children, youth, and family services, CLM serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members, a vehicle for keeping the focus on the needs of children, youth, and their families, and a powerful source of common action.

CLM works independently and in coalition around these critical areas to advance public policy by developing needed legislation, analyzing the state budget and its effects on children and families, and promoting policy within the administration. CLM also works to educate both the public and policy-makers about national trends and pressing state-wide issues regarding the child welfare system.

Position Overview:

The Director of Public Policy is responsible for managing the overall legislative agenda of CLM including researching positions that are consistent with CLM’s mission; planning and drafting legislation; formulating legislative priorities with the Executive Director, Public Policy Committee and Consultant; staffing CLM legislative task forces; working with the department of Health and Human Services regarding budgetary and legislative issues; and other matters dealing with the Administration.

Essential Responsibilities:

Organizational Management

  • Assist Executive Director in preparing lobbying reports bi-annually;
  • Recruit and manage public policy intern;
  • Support CLM members in developing and maintaining relationships with their legislators;
  • Attend all Board of Directors meetings and Executive Committee meetings, providing updates on priority and endorsed legislation;
  • Lead and organize CLM’s Public Policy Committee including keeping notes of meetings, informing members of new legislative developments, and ensuring emerging issues are tracked.

Advocacy

  • Coordinate with the Operations Manager around preparing communications pertaining to advocacy for the website and newsletters;
  • Research emerging children’s policy issues and develop new legislation for CLM to take the lead role on with the input of the Executive Director, Public Policy Committee, CLM Membership and Consultant;
  • Work in collaboration with other advocacy coalitions around CLM endorsed public policy issues including, but not limited to: the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, DCF State-Wide Advisory Council, Strengthening Families Coalition, the coalition on Sexual Abuse Prevention;
  • Analyze the State Budget specifically around CLM priority line items, develop budget amendments, and work to support other initiatives CLM endorses;
  • Prepare legislative analysis, summaries and talking points  for CLM’s priority legislative bills;
  • Manage hearing process in consultation with CLM’s Consultant and Executive Director including: preparing panel speakers, drafting testimony and coordinate with Consultant on any press material pertaining to the issue for the media;
  • Creating action alerts  for the CLM Friends Newsletter list of contacts pertaining to budget and legislative advocacy;
  • Keeping in contact with CLM’s Consultant around developments in the legislative process;
  • Develop relationships with policy makers both in the Senate and the House of Representatives to determine children’s issues champions;
  • Representing CLM on other committees, task forces, and coalitions as needed.

Special Projects

  • CLM Annual Day of Advocacy - Plan, organize, and manage, in coordination with the Executive Director and Consultant,  CLM’s Annual State House Advocacy Day held in March;
  • Work with the Legislative Joint Committees to provide an informational hearing for new members at the start of the legislative session; and
  • Any other projects as needed.

Other Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as directed.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years work experience required in advocacy, government, non-profit or legal sector with a preference of child and family services policy or practice;
  •  Strong skills in working with coalitions, CEOs, and senior level policy makers;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop Public Policy;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Event/conference planning and execution;
  • Skilled in WordPress and other social media tools;
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and be able to travel to monthly board meetings and other events around the state not located on public transportation.

Requirements

  • Minimum Education:  Graduate degree or Bachelor’s with two additional years work experience beyond the required five years.
  •  Must register as a lobbyist in MA and be in compliance with state ethics law regarding lobbying.

Application

  • Please send cover letter, resume, three references and two writing samples (ex: legislative testimony, legislative summaries, action alerts or talking points) to Alexandra Hurley, Operations Manager, at alexandra@childrensleague.org or Children’s League of Massachusetts, 11 Beacon St., Suite 820, Boston, MA 02108.
  • The above information will be reviewed on a rolling basis by Erin G. Bradley, Executive Director.