Assistant Director - Government Relations & Advocacy

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The Assistant Director - Government Relations & Advocacy is a Full Time role located in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Full Time staff are eligible for all of our exciting benefits, including health insurance and over five weeks of paid time off!

The Assistant Director of Government Relations and Advocacy is responsible for assisting with day-to-day advocacy efforts on the city, state and federal legislative matters and community organizational outreach for Mental Health Partnerships under the supervision of the Director of Government Relations and Advocacy.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Organizes legislative visits, rallies, demonstrations, and other events. 
  • Provides advocacy trainings to people in mental health recovery and family members. 
  • Establishes and develops a team of grassroots leaders who will engage in systems advocacy. 
  • Works with Mental Health Partnerships staff and community volunteers to become more engaged in advocacy. 
  • Hires, trains, evaluates and develops staff in support of MHP and Recovery core policies, practices and principles; address and monitor the specific goals and assignments of each staff member by facilitating weekly one/one supervisory meetings. Manages program staff schedule.
  • Assists with the "Take Five" initiative, Mental Health Partnerships' community engagement and mobilization campaign. 
  • Supports other community organizing and mobilization efforts in the division, including phone banking.
  • Monitors policy and legislation and engages in policy research.
  • Creates and disseminates written policy documents (including talking points, letters to legislators, letters to the editor, white papers, and policy briefs).
  • Creates and maintains relationships with and facilitates regular visits with legislators and staffers (often accompanied by people in recovery and family members).
  • Attends relevant coalition meetings to advance policy priorities of the agency.
  • Acts as part of the on-call supervisor rotation for the Healthy Minds Philly chat line program.
  • Gathers and provides data for written reports requested by city, state, or federal funding sources.
  • In collaboration with Finance, monitors and manages the program budget; completes relevant financial duties, such as reports and check requests.
  • Reports any activities that may violate established laws, regulations, policies or procedures. Raises questions about any actions contrary to law or policy taken by another staff member or employee or yourself, and reports the matter to management or to the Director - Quality Improvement & Compliance and/or Human Resources.
  • Other duties as assigned to fulfill MHP's mission.

ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in political science, social work or related areas; Master's preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in government relations/affairs and/or community organizing
  • Minimum of 3 years management experience
  • Driver's license in good standing and ability to use personal vehicle when needed
  • Must possess basic computer skills to perform job duties including desktop computing, e-mail, time sheet management, electronic health records, internet research, etc. and the ability to learn software applications relevant to your position. Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to utilize and produce reports on Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Strong skillsets in oral and written communication, interpersonal relationships and teamwork, attention to detail, customer service, time management, autonomy, problem solving and organization.
  • Effective project and process management skills as demonstrated from past work experience.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information.
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.

ABOUT MHP

Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) seeks to empower individuals with mental health challenges to live full and satisfying lives, based on their specific needs and choices, all while remaining connected to their families, friendships and communities.

MHP offers over 40 services throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and select locations in the states of Delaware and New Jersey.