Nurse-Family Partnership positively transforms the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers and families.

A future where all children are healthy, families thrive, communities prosper, and the cycle of poverty is broken.

Position Description
The primary role of the Director of State Government Affairs is to lead the National Service Office in developing and managing state legislative, regulatory, and grassroots strategies to ensure growth, sustainability, and impact of public funding in states for Nurse-Family Partnership. This position oversees the tracking, analysis, and strategic development of state policy and funding trends that maximize opportunities and drive access to resources. The Director is responsible for aligning the state government affairs work with the federal government affairs team, as well as other cross-functional teams across the organization. 

This position offers flexibility on location with a preference for Denver, Colorado or Washington, DC. and involves significant travel (up to 40% of the time) across the United States. 

Key Job Outcomes
• Lead the State Government Affairs team in the development and successful execution of annual state plans and resulting strategies to achieve state and local funding/policy goals
• Develop and promote strategies for successful execution of NFP’s National Public Policy Agenda in states, including working closely with elected officials and their staff members, NFP-NSO staff, and our local implementing agency partners.
• Oversee the development and management of customer service plan(s) and resources for state agencies.
• Oversee the development of key resources and collateral materials used by NFP-NSO staff, implementing agencies, and community supporters related to state policy and funding efforts.
• Proactively monitor, provide analysis, and produce regular reports of existing federal and state policies and public funding to identify growing trends that present opportunities and/or pose barriers for NFP.
• Lead cross-departmental work for State Government Affairs efforts and collaborations, across the NSO.
• Manage strategic partnerships and sponsorships on behalf of NFP-NSO, including with organizations such as the Western Governors Association, National Governors Association and National Conference of State Legislatures.
• Support the Chief Policy & Government Affairs Officer as a strategic thought partner and a leader in helping align the internal and external work of PGA, through ongoing collaboration and special projects.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Public Policy or Administration, Public Health, or related field is preferred.
• Minimum of five years of management experience
• Minimum of ten years of experience in lobbying and/or government affairs for a national organization.
• Excellent organizational, negotiating, verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience with legislative, budgetary, and regulatory processes at the state level.
• Flexibility and adaptability; adjusts to frequently changing priorities and conditions and copes well with complexity and change.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively impact state policies, legislation, and appropriations outcomes.
• Experience developing and executing annual legislative, appropriations, and/or advocacy plans.
• Experience successfully managing contract lobbyists and working knowledge of lobbying strategies and compliance, ethical restrictions, and requirements.
• Experience with grassroots and grasstops advocacy organizing is a plus.
• Experience working with and/or leading coalitions and partnerships as well as cultivating collaboration opportunities.
• Familiarity and experience with public funding and policies related to maternal and child health, family and child welfare, early childhood, poverty, evidence-based home visiting, etc.
• Knowledge of Medicaid, health care systems or managed care is a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position reports to the Chief Policy & Government Affairs Officer and oversees a team of 10 State Government Affairs staff with 2 direct reports.

Organizational Values
• Be tenacious caregivers by bringing passion and excellence to our nursing practice and professional services
• Actively listen to and persistently serve our families and our Implementation network
• Provide leadership in the field of evidence-based and home visitation programs
• Seek and find solutions
• Innovate and stay relevant
• Translate and enhance the science of pregnancy, brain and early childhood development to serve vulnerable babies and families
• Respect and honor differences in race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status

To learn more about NFP and the National Service Office, please visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org

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