Government Relations Associate


The Government Relations Associate is responsible for will work under the direction of the Associate Executive Director for Healthcare Practice, Policy & Strategic Initiatives to help implement a comprehensive and effective governmental relations and member mobilization program for MNA.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Support Strategy Execution: Collaborate with GA staff and leadership to implement strategies, engaging with nurse and healthcare leaders, policymakers, and experts.
  • Legislation Monitoring: Track and analyze state legislation and regulations impacting nurses and healthcare workers.
  • Prepare Materials: Create summaries, analyses, briefings, and testimonies for officials, staff, and MNA members.
  • Candidate Support: Assist in screening candidates for endorsements and support electoral campaigns in coordination with labor and community allies.
  • Schedule Management: Maintain and adjust calendars, coordinate meetings aligning with organizational goals.
  • Legislative Advocacy: Engage with legislative bodies and officials to promote MNA’s legislative positions.
  • PAC Administration: Manage MNA-PAC records, ensure accurate contribution collection, and file finance reports.
  • Training and Collaboration: Plan and deliver advocacy training and organize lobby days with MNA staff.
  • Reporting and Communication: Develop and submit reports, communicate policy agendas and legislative progress to members.
  • Performance Tracking: Establish metrics, track performance, and adjust priorities to meet strategic goals.
  • Effective Communication: Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication, build professional relationships, and contribute to team success.

Non-Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Event Coordination: Schedule and organize meetings and events with legislative offices, ensuring logistical arrangements.
  • Follow-Up: Facilitate follow-up communications to ensure action items are addressed.
  • Event Mobilization: Mobilize participation for MNA PAC and advocacy events, and support MNA’s legislative and political goals.

Other duties as assigned.

Required education and experience: 

  • Associate’s degree
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ demonstrated experience, with progressively increased responsibility, in legislative or political advocacy.
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments from inception to completion.
  • Understanding and experience with campaign finance regulations and compliance, ensuring adherence to financial reporting requirements.
  • Established relationships with external healthcare and labor organizations.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to create complex spreadsheets, presentations, and documents.
  • Experience with maintaining and managing databases.
  • Ability to input, analyze, and extract data efficiently.
  • Hands-on experience with Voter Activation Network software and demonstrated knowledge of utilizing VAN for voter outreach & engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience with member turnout/mobilization for campaigns and events.

Preferred qualifications/experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, political science, public administration, communications, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and organizing issue advocacy campaigns with a proven record of upward movement.
  • Demonstrated experience with public policy.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective policy-based communications for internal and external use.
  • Experience in serving on or working with organizational boards of directors.
  • Experience engaging with Michigan-based legislators on healthcare and labor-related issues.
  • Proven experience in providing comprehensive event support.
  • Proven track record in supporting the labor movement and promoting fair labor practices.

Other combinations of education and experience which could provide the necessary knowledge and skills will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Physical Demands: 

  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with prolonged periods of sitting and working on the computer.
  • When necessary, lifting of normal items found in an office setting (boxes of paper, storage boxes, etc.)

Additional Requirements

Travel Required: 

  • Ability to travel in Michigan, ability to work long, irregular hours according to the demands of the job.  Offsite work and overnight travel are required.
  • A valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and specified automobile insurance coverage are required.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Lori Bernstein at this email.

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