Director, Government Relations

The Reinvestment Fund - Philadelphia, PA3.8

30+ days agoFull-timeEstimated: $110,000 - $150,000 a year
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About Reinvestment Fund:
Reinvestment Fund is a financial services company functioning as a catalyst for change in low-income communities. As a non-profit founded in 1985, we have invested over $2 billion in underserved communities. Our strategies integrate data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, we bring high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access—creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives. Reinvestment Fund is headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in Baltimore and Atlanta. Presently, we have $1 billion in assets under management, manage investments from 865 unique investors, and maintain a high investment grade rating of AA– from S&P. To learn more about Reinvestment Fund, visit www.reinvestment.com.

Reinvestment Fund brings together individual investors, banks, government officials, private foundations and faith-based and community organizations to invest in projects that transform communities. Reinvestment Fund supports its financing and development with a strong research and policy analysis capacity that has become a highly regarded source of unbiased information for public officials, policymakers and private (for- and not-for-profit) investors. Reinvestment Fund’s analytical strength is also reflected in its national online data and mapping tool that is available for all internet users at www.policymap.com.

About the Position:
The Director, Government Relations, reporting to the Chief of Strategic Initiatives, oversees government dealings and relationships at local, state and federal levels. The Director develops public policy agendas; prepares ongoing strategic public policy plans; establishes positive relationships with key government staff and officeholders and communicates official views and legislative decisions back to Reinvestment Fund’s executives. When needed, the Director prepares internal staff and external supporters for testimony before legislation that favors the organization’s public policy priorities. The Director creates PR messaging for various audiences, directs the utilization of relevant field data and maintains familiarity with organizations that further the company’s public policy agenda while promoting, enhancing and protecting Reinvestment Fund’s brand reputation, leadership in the field, and the visibility of the organization and its principals. Representing Reinvestment Fund with decorum and integrity is crucial. Reinvestment Fund’s home office is located in Philadelphia, PA; however, the location for this position is flexible – Washington, DC; Reinvestment Fund’s Baltimore, MD office; our Philadelphia office; or a combination of these locations.

Responsibilities:
Participates in collaborative advocacy efforts and alliances at the local, state, and federal level.
Establishes new relationships and strengthens existing relationships with government officials and key staff and their respective district offices.
Develops a strategic approach to cultivate relationships and communicate Reinvestment Fund’s advocacy agenda.
Communicates with internal and external constituencies by drafting reports and updates as necessary.
Serves as an advisor to the CEO and Chief of Strategic Initiatives on policy and short- and long-term planning activities, including special projects.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in political science/government relations, public affairs, public policy, communications, business or related field. Advanced degree a plus.
A strong appreciation for, understanding of, and commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values is required.
Minimum of ten 10 years of progressively responsible and successful experience in government relations or related experience, preferably in public policy and community development.
Knowledge of federal appropriations process, CDFI Industry a plus.
Professional and political aptitude, a clear understanding of the legislative process.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with government officials and community stakeholders.
Exceptional and persuasive communicator: oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills required for a wide range of audiences including but not limited to diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Demonstrated experience in lobbying at the local, state and federal levels.
Proven ability to develop and implement strategic plans as well as respond to short-term objectives.
Demonstrated critical and strategic thinking skills, able to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Expertise at using technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities is required.
Self-aware, self-motivated and self-reliant, tenacious and results-oriented.

Compensation and Benefits:
Reinvestment Fund offers a competitive salary based on experience and skills, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid health, disability and life insurance, 401(k) savings plan with employer match, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care and transportation), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, EAP program, and professional development opportunities.