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Manager, Government Relations in Washington, DC at National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Date Posted: 12/5/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We partner with volunteers to accomplish our work. Staff members engage volunteers through effective and timely communications, facilitating meaningful opportunities, and continually seeking and providing feedback for reciprocal growth and learning.
This position will provide advocacy and policy support across all of the Society's activism. The position will directly lobby Congress, as well as implement advocacy and lobbying strategies and tactics at the federal and state levels. The position will be responsible for public policy and legislative research and analysis to help determine, assess and manage the Society's federal, state and local policy priorities. Additionally, the position will engage with advocacy staff and volunteers across the country.
Essential Function/Responsibility
1. Perform Policy Research and Analysis
  • Research complex legislation and regulations of importance to people with MS
  • Analyze policies, legislation and regulations and make recommendations on pursuit of policies
  • Manage state legislative tracking system
  • Monitor movement on top policy priorities at federal, state and local levels
  • Analyze and provide updates to advocacy team on movement of priorities and when action is needed
2. Direct Lobbying
  • Represent the needs of people with MS and their families on Capitol Hill through direct lobbying of members of Congress and administration officials and establish and strengthen relationships in conjunction with federal advocacy team
  • Act as lobbying point of contact on small portfolio of issues and support team on other issues
  • Represent Society at coalition meetings, partner meetings and briefings
  • Monitor, attend and report on Congressional briefings and committee hearings
  • Manage process for submission of appropriation programmatic requests with Congressional offices
  • Manage, monitor or support state policy work as needed
3. Develop advocacy strategies, tactics and supporting materials
  • Draft testimony, support letters, position papers and talking points to advance Society legislative and political priorities
  • Draft content (articles, op-eds, blog posts) for newsletters, website, intranet and other communications
  • Manage and help produce staff and volunteer trainings on public policy content and advocacy strategies
4. Volunteer Engagement
  • Cultivate relationships with activists with direct experiences to support policy priorities
  • Support story collection process to highlight personal impact of policies
5. Public Policy Conference and State Action Days
  • Support planning of the Public Policy Conference and State Action Days
  • Provide on location assistance at PPC and as needed at State Action Days