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Government Relations Strat. in Blue Bell, PA at KenCrest Services

Date Posted: 4/3/2018

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Job Description

Goverment Relations Strategist

Develops, analyzes, formulates and represents KenCrest positions and objectives before Congress, the Administration, and state governments either directly or through KenCrest staff, parents, volunteers, fellows, interns or self-advocates. Strategizes about how to best engage volunteers, families and self-advocates to promote positive public policy on issues important to people with disabilities.  Monitors legislation and regulations, develops legislative digests, and prepares issue briefs and analyses. Develops and coordinates support for agency advocacy efforts. Builds and maintains positive relationships with elected officials, administrative agencies, state and national trade associations and other advocacy-related organizations and coalitions. Collaborates with other organizations to implement new strategies to position our messages to government officials.  Works in seamless, integrated manner with the Senior Leadership Team to achieve KenCrest’s goals and objectives.

 Job Responsibilities

  1. Conceptualize, advise, and administer overall advocacy and government relations strategies.

  2. Represent KenCrest before federal and state government bodies. Identify opportunities for and coordinate support for KenCrest leadership testimony before policymaking bodies, including drafting testimony, conducting research and scheduling meetings with elected official and staff.

  3. Establish and maintain ongoing positive working relationships with federal and state officials, their staff, administrative and regulatory agencies, state and national trade associations, self-advocates and advocacy-related organizations.

  4. Review, monitor and interpret national and state issues related to the disabilities field and develop legislative digests, and prepare issue briefs.

  5. Research and initiate development of KenCrest’s position on legislative or regulatory topics and issues, and prepares synopses of legislative bills and regulations.

  6. Keeps KenCrest leadership informed of important developments within public policy at federal and state levels and within partner organizations.

  7. Coordinate and manage KenCrest support for lobbying and advocacy needs, including collaboration with state provider associations.

  8. Engage volunteers, families and self-advocates to promote positive public policy on issues that impact people with disabilities.

  9. Assist KenCrest agencies in developing and implementing grassroots legislative and advocacy strategies.

  10. Work with people with disabilities, families, volunteers, staff fellows and interns to advance a public policy agenda that respects the human rights, autonomy and contributions of people with disabilities.

  11. Liaise with KenCrest leadership as well as internal KenCrest state agencies to stay current on developments within KenCrest and maintain and updated knowledge base about changes in service delivery for people with intellectual disabilities and health system financing.

  12. Develop and monitor the department budget and manage expenses in accordance with the budget.

  13. Work to gain leadership roles within trade associations and coalitions where appropriate.

  14. Represent the Government Relations on the Senior Leadership Team.

  15. Lead the development and implementation of Government Relations strategic goals and establish reliable data to measure success.

  16. Assure that all necessary reporting is filed timely and that activities of the Department in no way jeopardize KenCrest 501(c) (3) status.


Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Education, Human Services, law, marketing or a related field. Minimum of four years of experience with legislative issues. Previous experience working with fellows, interns and volunteers preferred.

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