Senior Director of Government Affairs

Reports To: Chief Advocacy Officer 
          
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt
 
Summary:                 
The Senior Director of Government Affairs will be responsible for government funding & relations, key programs closely linked to government work, as well as two statewide programs. In addition to providing overall vision, leadership, and daily management, the ideal candidate will have the appropriate policy and political experience to advance an ambitious public policy and advocacy agenda, and expand and energize existing efforts underway to advance LGBTQ power in New York. The Senior Director of Government Affairs will report to The Center’s Chief Advocacy Officer, and work closely with senior leadership, government affairs, development, and communications teams to execute all aspects of this role.  The Senior Director of Government Affairs will serve as a member of our Senior Leadership team and will supervise three employees.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide vision, leadership, and implementation for the government relations, government program management, and advocacy work of The Center.
  • Exercise a leadership role in government affairs work while ensuring The Center’s advocacy, government and community relations work is aligned and integrated within its larger objectives.
  • Build and manage relationships with government officials at all levels and serve as a liaison with elected officials and their staff. 
  • Develop, propose and execute strategies for government partnerships, including the direction of The Center’s participation in events, collaborations and other efforts.
  • Lead the lobbying effort of The Center in relation to funding requests and initiatives, overseeing The Center’s retained lobbyist(s).
  • Interface with advocates and community leaders to ensure The Center’s government relations and advocacy programs remain responsive to community needs and the ever-changing political and legislative landscape.
  • Build and manage the advocacy program, ensuring we are achieving our goals around convening, policy & legislation and civic engagement & community mobilization as well as playing a key role in our innovation & vision work.  
  • Oversee the procurement of government grants by working across the organization and with external grant writers where appropriate, to secure new government funding and maintain existing funding at the city, state and federal levels. 
  • Supervise and facilitate the execution of high-level deliverables of external key programs closely linked to government work, including the Patient Navigation program, RiseOut advocacy program, and the administration of The New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network. 
  • Represent The Center in the larger LGBTQ community, including in the media, at legislative hearings, and community functions such as rallies, protests, taskforces, and coalitions.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Position Requirements:
  • Minimum of six (6) to eight (8) years of direct work experience working in a government setting or in the governmental relationship management or similar function of a nonprofit or for profit organization.
  • Previous government relations experience within New York City and/or State government strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability at hiring, onboarding, talent management and retention.
  • A team player, with the ability to work harmoniously with a diverse team.
  • Comfort with working in a fast-paced environment, where pivoting from project to project is necessary.
  • Prior experience working on and managing multiple projects and setting and sticking to priorities, while maintaining high attention to detail.
  • Highly organized, professional, and operates with integrity in all of their work. 
  • Working knowledge of government funding advocacy, grant application and contracting.
  • Strong sense of initiative, ability to work independently and use independent judgment. 
  • Ability to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external stakeholders and interested parties.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide range of personalities including government officials, staff across organizations, key community stakeholders, and members of the public.
  • Thoughtful and articulate analysis on the structural and institutional racism and bias, in consideration of the impacts and outcomes in the decision-making process throughout the throughout your department or program and on underserved and historically oppressed communities.
  • Thoughtful and articulate analysis on the spectrum of gender identity and bias, in consideration of the impacts and outcomes in the decision-making process throughout the organization throughout your department or program underserved and historically oppressed communities.
  • Experience centering the voices of multiple communities, including queer and TGNCNB individuals, people of color, immigrants and other historically marginalized communities.
  • A strong commitment to the mission of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
 
The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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