PPTV is hiring a Government Relations & Political Affairs Director

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Government Relations & Political Affairs Director
Position: Full-time, permanent
Location: Austin

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the statewide advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas that engages supporters of reproductive health and rights to fight to protect and expand women’s access to preventative and reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The work at PPTV is fast paced and deals with complex and high priority matters related to the  politics of women’s health in Texas. Our programs range from talking to voters about the politics of abortion to advocating to protect funding for preventive health care.

General Description

PPTV is expanding our team and is hiring a Government Relations & Political Affairs Director that will work for both PPTV and PPTV Political Action Committee (PAC).The Government Relations & Political Affairs Director will be responsible for leading the cultivation and stewardship of positive relationships with elected officials and candidates for office, and managing the day to day activities of public policy and electoral activities. The position directs and executes the legislative and electoral strategies and projects of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and PPTV PAC with guidance and input from the Executive Director and the Deputy Director. The Government Relations & Political Affairs Director will work closely with staff at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and external consultants.

Duties and Responsibilities

LEGISLATIVE

  • Direct and manage the relationship development strategies for legislators, legislative staff, various coalitions, workgroups, and councils, and with health policy and advocacy groups
  • Coordinate, edit and prepare information for legislative offices, and respond to information requests from state legislative offices
  • Coordinate, edit and prepare presentations and briefing material for legislative hearings or meetings
  • Monitor and attend state legislative committee hearings
  • Keep Planned Parenthood staff, at the affiliate, state and national level,  informed on legislative and policy developments
  • Research and write legislative summaries and regular updates for internal communications
  • Manage the planning and execution of legislative events and activities to publicize and promote the goals and mission of Planned Parenthood, including legislative receptions, briefings and lobby days
  • Schedule meetings between state legislators and/or their staffs with Planned Parenthood leadership
  • Maintain a cloud-based filing system of relevant legislative information and communications
  • Track all lobbying expenses and maintain appropriate documentation in compliance with Texas Ethics Commission requirements
  • Provide general administrative support as needed

POLITICAL

  • Direct and manage the relationship development strategies for PPTV endorsed candidates and their staff as well as partner organizations that support  PPTV endorsed candidates
  • Inform voter contact strategies and coordinate information with campaigns and partners
  • Stay abreast of developments in state and local elections, including special elections, state, municipal and county level elections, of interest to the organization
  • Distribute and collect candidate questionnaires, and respond to inquiries from the campaigns
  • Track all political contributions and expenditures and maintain appropriate documentation in compliance with Texas Ethics Commission requirements

Qualifications

  • Strong support for the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood
  • Thorough knowledge of and interest in the Texas legislative process, politics and elections
  • Combination of at least four years experience working on campaigns and/or in the legislature
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Familiarity with Texas Ethics Commission reporting requirements and procedures for lobbying and political activities
  • Ability to comprehend and research legal and policy documents with minimal oversight
  • Strong skills in creating spreadsheets and charts, manipulating statistical data, and reviewing and interpreting documents for research purposes
  • Tech-savvy; early adopter; excited to learn new tools, systems and skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with Google applications including Google Drive and Docs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to compose correspondence in a professional manner; ability to proofread documents for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to establish workflows, manage multiple projects, meet necessary deadlines and contribute in a positive and effective manner in a team setting or independently in stressful situations and at times with limited resources
  • Be self-motivated, reliable, positive, willing to learn, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to use diplomacy and appropriate judgment, and maintain confidentiality
  • Have reliable transportation and the flexibility to be able to attend special events with minimal notice
  • Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is a fast-paced, needs-responsive environment. While office hours may be flexible, full-time employees are expected to work nontraditional hours, including evenings and weekends.

To Apply
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample of less than 1000 words to jobs@pptexasvotes.org

Additional Position Information

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

Compensation and Benefits

This position is full-time, with a salary range of $68,000 to $75,000 annually, commensurate with experience. PPTV is proud to offer a competitive benefits package for full-time employees that includes 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision coverage, life and AD&D and short term and long term disability for the employee. We also offer optional flexible spending account and additional life coverage. Full-time employees receive 11 paid holidays plus an additional winter break and two weeks paid time off.