ISLAND HARVEST has the following exciting position available:

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LIAISON

Our Government Relations Liaison will develop and coordinate all government relations activities, maintain all relationships with elected officials and their staff, and leverage potential funding and legislative opportunities to enhance our hunger-relief work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a key resource in daily coordination of advocacy efforts across local, state, and federal levels of government
  • Work closely with our president & CEO, public relations, development team, lobbyists and social media liaison to coordinate all the organizations’ advocacy resources that meet a variety of broad and/or tailored needs.
  • Evaluate and develop organizational communications on advocacy strategy, successes, and challenges. This includes working closely with other departments to assess their information needs and helping to create efficient solutions.
  • Develop, write, and produce materials to keep Island Harvests’ internal departments and external audiences up to date on our advocacy efforts. This may include briefings, presentations, communications resources, campaign progress updates, and meeting agendas.
  • Coordinate internal communications, including scheduling meetings, notetaking, identifying action items, tracking deliverables, and producing reports on our government relations and advocacy work.
  • Strategize and plan meetings with electeds and staff as well as conferences (locally, regionally and nationally) and report to the president & CEO and other relevant staff
  • Work with Grants Manager and Finance Coordinator and other staff in order to track proposals and program budgets, manage deliverables, and track compliance with lobbying reporting requirements.
  • Identify, recommend, and support the implementation of opportunities for strategic analysis and documentation of best practices for multiple audiences, including legislators, partner organizations, and first spouses.
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts with similar work done at the local, regional and    national levels with other hunger relief and like-minded organizations
  • Track progress against our advocacy goals and actively gather and synthesize resources to ensure goal attainment.
  • Maintain a current external outreach list by stakeholder audience to execute targeted communications in a timely manner.
  • Attend and serve as a representative of Island Harvest Food Bank at external meetings with stakeholders, elected officials, and coalitions.
  • Support participation at conferences (if we are participating) including submitting session proposals, ordering and shipping promotional materials, and liaising with conference speakers and organizers. Maintain inventory of promotional items for Advocacy team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public service, management, or a related discipline preferred.
  • 2 plus years of community engagement, marketing and/or public relations experience with successful experience in advocacy, government relations and/or politics. 
  • Demonstrated success in the development and execution of community engagement, and communications, and/or marketing programs is essential.
  • Experience creating and executing annual strategies and a history of working with all levels of professionals, elected officials and their staff as well as C-suite required. 
  • Exceptional speaking, writing, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively present information to elected officials, senior management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly to produce high quality work products in an extremely fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

In addition to the above, candidates must:

  • Demonstrated interest in hunger relief and anti-poverty issues.
  • Demonstrated passion for public policy, education, and/or federal nutrition programs is preferred.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Be self-starters who can both take direction and contribute ideas.
  • Be able to work independently on projects and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain appropriate records.
  • Have prior experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word).
  • Have the capability to work well on their own while still being a team-player.
  • Be willing to work occasional nights and/or weekends, as needed.
  • Be willing to travel throughout the region, as necessary.
  • Be able to carry up to 30 pounds

No relocation packages offered.  For immediate consideration, please forward your cover letter, including salary requirements and resume to Randy Rosenberg at resumes@islandharvest.org.  Responses without salary requirement will not be considered.  No phone calls, please. 

Island Harvest is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Island Harvest: Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading Long Island-based hunger-relief organization, is changing the paradigm for ending hunger on Long Island.  Our innovative cross-sector programs target the root causes of food insecurity among working families, senior citizens, veterans, and children. Through strategic partnerships in communities, and with hospitals and related organizations, we collaboratively address chronic food insecurity, physical/mental health conditions, and substance abuse disorders. Island Harvest Food Bank pairs specially designed initiatives with nutrition education, outreach, mobile food distributions, and resource referral services, designed to create pathways that address specific social determinants of health. We provide holistic services and vital resources that help transition Long Islanders who are food-insecure from uncertainty to stability.  Island Harvest Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. More information about Island Harvest Food Bank is at www.islandharvest.org.

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