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Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association


Government Relations Director
Fulltime

Based in Quincy, MA


The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.

The MTA is looking for a Director of Government Relations who will develop vision, strategy, and programs to carry out the goals of the Massachusetts Teachers Association through the political, electoral and legislative process. This position will report to the Executive Director of MTA and is conveniently located in our Boston Office.

Duties for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Directs the activities of the Government Relations Division by managing the staff to achieve the goals of MTA by designing and implementing:
    • MTA's legislative and lobbying program.
    • MTA's electoral and political action program.
  • Directs MTA's lobbying strategy to achieve goals of the legislative program and to defend against attempts to undermine MTA's mission; lobbies the Legislature, Administration and other executive departments to advance MTA's agenda.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with key leadership in the Massachusetts Legislative and Executive branches.
  • Collaborates with other MTA divisions to accomplish the legislative and electoral goals of MTA, as well as develop a grassroots strategy that empowers members to engage in the political and legislative process.
  • Updates MTA leadership, Board of Directors, and management team on actions of the Legislature and MTA’s priority legislation.
  • Partners with coalitions to promote MTA's legislative goals.
  • Develops lobbying materials, in collaboration with the Communications Division, that effectively communicate MTA’s legislative priorities.
  • Coordinates and provides political training to members and staff.
  • Manages MTA’s direct mail program for MTA recommended candidates and to build support for our legislative goals.
  • Analyzes polling data and other research to further the legislative and political goals of the MTA.
  • Supports the NEA’s federal legislative agenda by assisting the NEA in lobbying the Massachusetts Congressional delegation when requested.
  • Administers the MTA's political acting committee.
  • Develops and administers the Division budget.
  • Supervises Government Relations staff, carrying out MTA policies, personnel procedures, and evaluation protocol.
  • Performs other related functions as required.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Ten or more years of experience working in the legislative and political arena
  • Five or more years of management experience
  • Has no statutory prohibitions related to registering as a legislative and executive agent
  • Excellent interpersonal; verbal and writing skills
  • Commitment to a public education system that provides all children with the quality education they deserve
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends and access to car
  • Ability to foster and promote a diverse and inclusion work environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.

Apply HERE!

MTA has a competitive compensation program with a robust benefits package that includes: a defined benefit plan, 401k, medical, dental, STD, LTD, paid holidays and a generous time off program.

The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applicants from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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