Island Harvest has an exciting opportunity for an experienced politically minded job candidate. This position reports directly to the President and CEO and is responsible for acting as an intermediary between the organization and all levels of government. This role includes some travel to both the state and federal capitals and regular attendance at meetings and conferences. Our Government Relations Liaison will develop and coordinate all government relations activities, maintain relationships with elected officials and their staff, on behalf of our president & CEO, and leverage potential funding and policy initiatives to enhance our hunger-relief work.
- 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 to 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 elected officials 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.
- 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 have:
- 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 a self-starter 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.
- 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 and resume to Randy Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 mission is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food and product collection and distribution systems, enhanced hunger awareness and nutrition education programs, job training, targeted services for specific populations, and outreach and advocacy activities and initiatives. Island Harvest is among the region’s leading agencies in emergency response readiness for food and product distribution and support, and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
More information about Island Harvest Food Bank is at www.islandharvest.org.