Applications accepted for Episcopal Church Director of Government Relations

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Director of Government Relations, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

Based in Washington, DC, the Director of Government Relations is a full-time position responsible for  representing the public policy positions adopted by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and Executive Council, and the ministry of the Presiding Bishop, to policy makers in Washington, including the White House, the Congress, the Washington, D.C. diplomatic community, the Episcopal institutions and networks, visiting Anglican and Episcopal leaders, the ecumenical community, and public interest organizations so that the Church has a direct presence and ability to advocate its positions to those who make or are concerned about governmental policy.

More information and application instructions for this position are available here

Deadline for applying is June 20.

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team athrm@episcopalchurch.org.

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION

Represents the public policy positions adopted by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and Executive Council, and the ministry of the Presiding Bishop, to policy makers in Washington, including the White House, the Congress, the Washington, D.C. diplomatic community, the Episcopal institutions and networks, visiting Anglican and Episcopal leaders, the ecumenical community, and public interest organizations so that the Church has a direct presence and ability to advocate its positions to those who make or are concerned about governmental policy.

POSITION SUMMARY

Represents Church policies to government leaders, devises and executes legislative and communication strategy, proposes and monitors federal legislation, organizes and mobilizes grassroots Episcopalians for advocacy, writes public policy statements and letters for Presiding Bishop, trains Episcopalians nationwide in public policy advocacy, builds coalitions to support policy priorities, works with the media, and manages government relations staff and activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties that may be reasonably expected of this role and related expectations may be assigned.

  1. Represents the public policy positions adopted by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and Executive Council, and the ministry of the Presiding Bishop, to policy makers in Washington, including the White House, the Congress, the Washington, D.C. diplomatic community, the Episcopal institutions and networks, visiting Anglican and Episcopal leaders, the ecumenical community, and public interest organizations so that the Church has a direct presence and ability to advocate its positions to those who make or are concerned about governmental policy.
  2. Devises and executes legislative strategies in order to effectively communicate the Church’s position to government policy makers and impact federal policy decisions.
  3. Meets directly with government policy makers to communicate the Church’s positions.
  4. Works with media (print, radio, television, and other) to communicate the Church’s policy positions.
  5. Builds, organizes, and mobilizes nationwide grassroots network of Episcopalians to communicate the Church’s positions to their federal representatives.
  6. Mobilizes, trains, and facilitates state public policy networks to communicate the Church’s positions to state government policy makers.
  7. Builds and mobilizes coalitions of organizations, both religious and secular, in support of the Church’s policy priorities.
  8. Builds and maintains effective relationships with Episcopal Members of Congress and congressional staff, Episcopal members of the Administration and White House, and other government policy makers who are connected to the Church.
  9. Directs and manages work of government relations staff, including two policy analysts, grassroots coordinator, congressional relations assistant, and interns.
  10. Analyzes and, when appropriate, proposes federal legislation to ensure the maximum influence of the Church’s public policy positions on U.S. governmental policy.
  11. Proposes public policy initiatives to the Presiding Bishop, Justice and Advocacy Ministries Team, the General Convention, and Executive Council to ensure the role of the Church as an advocate for justice and peace in national and international policy.
  12. Assists the public ministry of the Presiding Bishop to policy makers in Washington, through congressional testimony, visits, letters, and telephone calls.
  13. Assists visiting Anglican leaders with communicating their experience and public policy concerns to the U.S. government, by organizing congressional hearings, preparing congressional testimony, organizing briefings and media events, scheduling meetings, and providing hospitality.
  14. Participates in staff meetings and collaborate with the Staff of the Presiding Bishop to develop and implement effective strategies to communicate the Church’s positions to the U.S. government and assist others in public policy work.
  15. Trains Episcopalians and Episcopal organizations throughout the country in public policy advocacy to facilitate their engagement with government policy makers and strengthen the Church’s influence on government policy.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position supervises the staff of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations.

QUALIFICATIONS — EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, and SKILLS

  • Minimum of B.A. in political science or related degree supplemented by a minimum 3 years of direct, hands-on experience with government and the federal policy making process, such as experience as an elected or appointed official at some level of government, Congressional staffer, Executive Branch official, or government relations representative of an organization.
  • The demonstrable emotional maturity, ability and experience needed to effectively manage subordinates and processes through the use of critical thinking, creative problem-solving and empathetic communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Anglican theological ethos as expressed in the Episcopal Church.
  • Knowledge of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and the official structures of the Church at all levels.
  • Knowledge of the structures of the Anglican Communion
  • Familiarity with and interest in public policy issues, both foreign and domestic.
  • Commitment to represent positively and effectively the positions of the Episcopal Church.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in many different formats, including diplomatic and governmental contexts, speeches, public statements, letters, reports, memoranda, and press releases.
  • Knowledge of grassroots advocacy techniques and promotion.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position requires travel at least 10% of the time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Standard work environment for a Washington, D.C., government relations office.  Longer hours are occasionally required as is availability via virtual communication during off hours.