The Government Relations Manager advances the organization’s goals by identifying revenue and collaborative opportunities within the public sector to build upon and sustain the organization’s work. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, prospect research for new grant opportunities, grant writing and submission, post award contracting, and monitoring of the reporting requirements, as well as managing advocacy efforts. The Government Relations Manager works closely with senior management and program managers to ensure the integrity of the government grant portfolio. A high level of organization, proficiency, and attention to detail, as well as excellent communication skills are required. Experience successfully writing and managing New York State grants is also required.
Under the direction of the SVP of Advancement, and in close collaboration and cooperation with the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Associate of Institutional Giving, the Government Relations Manager will be responsible for the following, and other related duties as needed:
- Support the goals, strategies, objectives and tactics of the organization.
- Work with senior management to develop long-term strategies, implement initiatives, and secure grant funding that supports the organization.
- Manage the organization’s government grant portfolio that includes planning, implementing, maintaining and evaluating government grants - within the context of sustaining organization and program operations.
- Research, write, and prepare all components of government grant applications in collaboration with appropriate program and other staff.
- Develop, maintain and build on relationships with federal, state, and local government officials (both elected and appointed), including: the New York City Council, Office of the Mayor, Department for the Aging, Department of Health, Department of Education, and Department of Youth and Community Development, etc.
- Create and coordinate opportunities to promote Jewish Home’s work and influence legislation, including meetings, conferences, events, and news articles.
- Collaborate across departments to support organization-wide advocacy efforts.
- Draft press releases, testimony, web text and articles that advocate for aging services and expanded learning and promote Jewish Home’s visibility and influence, particularly within government circles.
- Manage organization’s compliance with city and state lobbying requirements.
- Prepare written materials for external use; work with communications team to strategize distribution, as needed.
- Serve as a strategic leader, overseeing the development, implementation, and evaluation of all government relations-related activities.
- Engage and organize members and other stakeholders on issues that impact Jewish Home and issues pertaining to aging New Yorkers.
- Represent Jewish Home on relevant external committees, advisory groups, and the like.
- Track relevant research and reports, best practices, public policy, and government funding; synthesize to identify trends and potential opportunities and challenges.
- Perform other work as assigned.
Additional qualifications for this position to what is noted above include:
- Bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience in public affairs, government relations, and / or legislative staff work or relevant field
- Experience working with elected and non-elected decision-makers
- Familiarity with NYS and NYC government grant application process, portals, compliance requirements, etc.
- Experience with the legislative and budgetary processes, preferably in New York City or State
- Experience working with the New York City Council and the New York State Legislature
- Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and work as part of a team
- Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills
- Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail
- Flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with complexity and change
- Creative thinking, strong interpersonal skills, the desire to work collaboratively, and a sense of humor
- Competent computer skills, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Willingness and ability to travel within New York City and occasional overnight trips