Posted — 08.23.23

Director of Government Affairs and Communications – Vermont Care Partners

Vermont Care Partners
Montpelier, VT (Hybrid)
Salary Range
Application Deadline
Sep 14, 2023
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Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in accordance with VCP policies and procedures, the Director of Government Affairs and Communications provides leadership to VCP on public policy development, federal and state advocacy, and communications. The Director conducts advocacy and lobbying to improve the community based mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability system in Vermont. The Director is the lead media liaison and spokesperson for VCP.
Roles & Responsibilities
–Provide leadership to the Vermont Care Partners on public policy development and advocacy including federal and state issues.
–Lead all state legislative activity including development of the VCP legislative agenda and positions on specific issues
–Provide analysis of regulation, legislation, and state budget proposals
–Craft legislative bills and amendments to achieve policy and fiscal goals
–Provide guidance and support to the VCP network and allies on legislative advocacy
–Organize trainings and advocacy events in collaboration with allies
–Track, develop, and organize testimony for state legislative advocacy
–Responsible for weekly updates during the legislative session to membership and allies
–Lead all federal advocacy initiatives, including Congressional visits
–Serve as the primary liaison with National Council for Mental Wellbeing
–Provide leadership for working with the executive branch of state government
–Act as VCP spokesperson with all media
–Lead all media relations including the current Sponsor Spotlight Series with VT Digger
–Lead communications through website and social media
–Lead design and content of VCP annual report
–Serve as VCP liaison to the Public Relations staff of network agencies
–Collaborate on policy and coordinate advocacy with health care coalition
–Collaborate on policy and coordinate advocacy with advocacy groups
–Provide support for grant and RFP development
–Responsible for data collection and analysis in support of policy –initiatives and communications
–Participate in VCP health policy work to strengthen and grow services
–Participate in VCP strategic planning
–Conduct ongoing and special projects, as needed
–Master’s degree in a human services, public administration, public relations, communications, or related field preferred
–Experience working in community-based human services, health care, and or non-profit organizations
–Experience in government affairs and legislative advocacy
–Experience in marketing and communications
–Experience in training and education
–Commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity
–Commitment to community-based mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use services
–Experience in coalition building and shared advocacy initiatives
Additional Information (optional)
Expertise Required:
–Strong data analytic skills
–Ability to persuade, mediate and negotiate complex issues to resolve conflicts and achieve mutually acceptable outcomes
–Ability to perform under pressure within tight timeframes
–Excellent interpersonal skills
–Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and in –groups
–Excellent written and verbal communications skills including graphic presentations
–Skill and ability to conduct research, analyze data and develop informational presentations


See webpage link below for details or email resume and cover letter to [email protected] by September 14, 2023.