American Public Media
  • APMG, Community & Government Relations - 32AE
  • St. Paul, MN, USA
  • $70,500 - $88,200
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits eligible


As Public Affairs & Government Relations Director, you will play a key role in helping to establish the public affairs strategy for engaging communities and all levels of government (local, state, and federal) to influence public policy and secure public funding in support of Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media's (MPR|APM's) mission. You will use your sound judgement and planning skills to help set and manage the long-term funding strategies and lobbying activities and will research opportunities for government funding and support the application, review and reporting process. 

You will have primary responsibility for the organization's grassroots advocacy efforts with membership and public media partners. MPR uses an online grassroots advocacy platform to distribute messages and encourage member action. You will also monitor traditional media and social media regarding local, state and federal issues and policy makers. 

In this role, you will maintain MPR|APM's relationships with municipalities throughout Minnesota. As statewide network, MPR serves over 95% of Minnesota's population and communities. You have strong communication skills and will initiate and maintain close relationships among these communities and MPR staff, including managing MPR's interests in Twin Cities transportation and transit planning. 

You'll coordinate and lead meetings with elected officials including members of the legislative and executive branch of Minnesota Government. Your responsibilities will include management of the State of Minnesota general fund grant and assistance in leading the internal team that manages the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Additionally, you will establish and command the execution of federal-level lobbying which requires building and maintaining relationships with Members of Congress, their staff, and other public media organizations, including monitoring federal funding issues and actively supporting federal advocacy. 

You'll be responsible for coordinating a department budget and organizing electronic and traditional files. You'll serve on the Fitzgerald Condo Association Board and work with internal departments to represent MPR's interests and manage the department's outside consultant relationships. 

Application deadline: October 17, 2017 

Position Responsibility:

  • Manage statewide grassroots advocacy efforts including Minnesotans for MPR
  • Create and implement a strategy to grow the Minnesotans for MPR and better engage advocates and the public through meetings and events, regular communication (electronic or otherwise), and other opportunities for involvement
  • Assist the Managing Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations in tracking and keeping up-to-date information necessary to ensure consistent and thorough communication between internal and external partners and the Public Affairs & Government Relations team
  • Coordinate partnerships and meeting requests from community organizations; act as a triage for such requests to be managed by Public Affairs & Government Relations
  • Work collaboratively with departments throughout the organization on projects or events that involve government leaders, community groups or other constituencies
  • Assist in the design of the organization's legislative strategy
  • Research potential government funding opportunities
  • Write applications for public funding as needed
  • Arrange for meetings between MPR senior management, supporters and government leaders as needed
  • Monitor and evaluate key legislation
  • Maintain relationships with government staff and elected officials
  • Oversee Public Affairs & Government Relations budget, and maintaining expense reports and records
  • Work with the Finance Department to track Department's budget
  • Prepare complex expense reports in a timely manner
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, Political Science or similar field
  • Juris Doctor Degree or Master's Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy preferred
  • Minimum of five years related experience required.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Ability and interest in seeking and maintaining excellent relationships with the public and government officials
  • Background in communications used to build strong relationships with key constituencies including employees, journalists, donor community, members and the local community
  • High degree of professional initiative, accountability and attention to detail
  • Ability and initiative to bring new ideas to the table
  • Ability to be responsive to internal constituents
  • Proven track record of successfully managing a product portfolio with multiple initiatives that may need to be implemented simultaneously
  • Background in public speaking and representing organizations at public events
  • History of consistent follow-through on commitments
  • Knowledge of project management with an ability to manage projects from start to finish
  • Experience with events management
  • Ability to oversee budget and maintain expense reports/reimbursements
  • Responsive to needs and objective of a mission-driven organization
  • Strong oral and written communication/presentation skills
  • Flexibility and ability to easily adapt to change
  • Demonstrated, high degree of decision-making abilities
  • Ability to provide strategic direction, lead strategic discussions, and represent the organization
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide-variety of internal clients and staff
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and work under pressure
  • Proficient with computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite. 

Reporting to This Position: None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work occasional night and weekend hours to manage public affair's crisis points.
  • Physical Demand:
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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