Intergovernmental Relations is seeking an experienced professional to support the work of the department’s staff lobbyists, with particular focus on health and human services issues. This position will work with county employees in policy development and coordination and occasionally external stakeholders to support development and implementation of the county’s lobbying program.
Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visitemployee referral program.Location and hours:This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at the Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 and remote as job duties require. The department maintains a work environment in which staff are not required to be onsite unless necessary. Meetings may occasionally require travel around the Twin Cities. This includes frequent travel to the State Capitol to participate in the work of the Intergovernmental Relations team while the legislature is in session or otherwise conducting business. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday during core business hours, with the ability to work occasionally after hours during the legislative session as needed.
While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.About the position type:This position is a full-time, benefit earning position.
This position is internally classified as an Administrative Assistant, Intermediate.Clickhere to view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Analyze county programs for potential policy options to address unmet needs and opportunities that support work of program managers, department directors, and other county leaders; develop policy proposals and potential legislation; coordinate the development of legislative advocacy materials.
· Support department staff; assist in the development of the annual state and federal legislative platforms; facilitate internal grassroots advocacy; maintain good working relationships with the Association of Minnesota Counties and its affiliates, Minnesota Inter-County Association (MICA), and other local government associations; cover legislative hearings as needed.
· Monitor and track legislative bills and hearings and maintain legislative tracking system; research legislative history, conduct legislative analysis at the local, state, and federal levels.
· Survey programs and advocacy among Minnesota local governments, providers, and stakeholders, to develop joint advocacy plans to advance Hennepin County’s health and human services priorities.
· Synthesizes data and information from state and federal agencies on health and human services issues for use in reporting to county staff and commissioners; attend stakeholder meetings and summarize outcomes; track legislation and outcomes for end-of-session reporting; update and maintain the IGR SharePoint site.
· Schedule meetings, organize materials, and lead internal and external stakeholder meetings.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Six or more years of lobbying experience or legislative/government service.
o Bachelor's degree or higher in business administration, public administration or related field and two or more years of lobbying experience or legislative/government service.
· Access to reliable transportation to travel within the Twin Cities and occasionally throughout Minnesota.
Nice to have:
o With Minnesota state legislative process and protocols.
o Conducting legislative research and analyzing legislation and administrative rules.
o Writing for elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.
o With local and state government health and human services policies.
o Working with coalitions on legislative and policy issues.
· Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
· Ability to:
o Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of employees, other stakeholders, state and federal legislators, and local and state elected or appointed government officials.
o Lead work groups and teams to achieve favorable results.
o Prepare background and analysis of health and human services issues.
o Synthesizes data and information from state and federal agencies to create reports; express complex and technical ideas clearly and concisely.
o Work on issues at the heart of racial disparities.
· Strong computer skills.
About the department:Intergovernmental Relations coordinates the development of the county's legislative proposals and actively pursues the legislative platform approved by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. IGR coordinates the county's lobbying activities with federal, state and local governments.
About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest local government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (log in as Guest).
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. Note: You must include a cover letter and resume as part of your application materials to be considered for this position.
Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. The candidate selected for hire will be required to complete a background check. If you have any questions, please contact: Roberta ArpinarRoberta.Arpinar@hennepin.us