The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which is within the division of External Affairs, is responsible for working with elected officials and other external stakeholders to advance the mission of ACS’s child welfare, juvenile justice and early care and education priorities. The Office advances ACS’s mission through analyzing and proposing legislation, meeting with elected officials about agency priorities and preparing agency staff to participate in state, city and federal legislative hearings. The Office also handles a high volume of constituent and policy related inquiries from elected officials and other stakeholders. The Office also oversees the divisions Community Engagement unit. The Office is responsible for directing ACS’s role in the City, State, and Federal legislative process and for managing the preparation of the Commissioner and other senior leaders’ participation in oversight and budgetary hearings.
Responsibilities and tasks will include, but not be limited to:
- Develop and implement strategies for advancing ACS’s work through local, state, and federal legislation – both proactively and in response to inquiries.
- Identify and capitalize on opportunities to shape legislation or regulations to advance ACS’s mission.
- Review and propose legislation concerning child welfare, early child care and education, and juvenile justice issues.
- Monitor federal, state and local governments for legislative initiatives affecting the agency’s programs and services.
- Ensure that there are clear, timely written or oral reports interpreting and detailing relevant legislative and developments for agency review.
- Propose and develop appropriate strategy for response to legislation to influence and advance the interests of ACS.
- Work with all relevant federal, state, and local government leaders to advance the goals of ACS on behalf of NYC’s children and families.
- Represent the agency’s position as a member of national and state industry and intergovernmental groups, as requested by the Commissioner.
- Establish and build communications and working relationships with members of Congress, other officials, and advocates at the federal, state, local levels.
- Conduct regular briefings for legislators and their staff on issues of importance to the agency.
- Advise agency personnel on all legislative matters governing the area of concern.
- Manage relationships with advocacy groups; ensure that that advocacy, community, and provider groups have clear, timely information about ACS’ work and intergovernmental/interagency efforts as appropriate.
- Draft testimony and prepare with agency senior leadership for hearings before city, state, and federal legislative bodies.
- Correspond with elected officials on policy, program and constituent matters.
- Partner and develop a relationship with the Mayor’s Office of Legislative Affairs in order to advance ACS’ legislative agenda.
- Manage staff in the External Affairs Community Engagement team to ensure agency is developing and strengthening relationships with community boards and communities; sharing critical resources and information with communities; and is responsive to communities.
- Manage staff in the External Affairs Intergovernmental Affairs team with daily responsibilities of the office including development of legislative positions and proposals, timely correspondence with elected officials, and preparation for meetings and hearings before legislative bodies.
Experience, Skills & Education
The preferred candidate will possess excellent analytical, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated record doing high-level legislative strategy.
- Excellent understanding of intergovernmental relations.
- Strong political instincts and comfort engaging with staff from elected officials’ offices and other external stakeholders.
- Self-directed with proven ability to solve problems along with the ability to thrive in a high volume, fast paced environment.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines.
- Previous experience in social or youth services and/or in government.
- Ability to collaborate under varying degrees of supervision.
- Candidates possessing a JD or MPA are preferred.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college (Master’s degree is preferred), plus 8 years of experience of substantive legislative advocacy experience in an area related to the duties described above; or
- A combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above.
- Graduate study in Government, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health, or law may be substituted for up to one year of required experience.
How to Apply:
Please go online and apply at www.nyc.gov/careers . Search for JOB ID# 470018
City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at www.nyc.gov/ess. Search for JOB ID# 470018