Senior Director Of Government Affairs

Job Details


Phoenix, AZ

Expiration Date

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Interest Area

Administrative, Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Consulting

Position Type


Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements

College Degree

Company Name

State of Arizona

Job Posting URL

First Things First (FTF), also known as the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, is a public state agency that exists to increase the quality of, and access to, the early childhood development and health system that ensures a child entering school comes healthy and ready to succeed. Passed by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First operates through a tax on tobacco products. Governed by a State Board and Regional Partnership Councils, First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination, collaboration and on the outcomes that will ensure young children start kindergarten ready for school and life. First Things First acts in accordance with our Beliefs, Actions and Performance statements, which are attached.


Job Summary


Working in close coordination with the Chief Policy Advisor, the Senior Director of Government Affairs initiates, responds to and coordinates contact between FTF and elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. The position is responsible for the development and recommendation of policies involving legislation related to early childhood development and health and provides timely assessment of federal, state and local initiatives that have or could have a direct impact on FTF and broader early childhood issues.


Distinguishing Characteristics


The ideal candidate enthusiastically supports the vision and mission of First Things First; and possesses the personal qualities of integrity and credibility. She/he will have the proven ability to translate complex issues and systems into clear, concise and engaging documents and presentations. This work involves problem solving and mediating conflicting and unexpected issues among internal and external groups and constituencies.


Typical Duties And Responsibilities


  • Actively works to build awareness among policymakers at the local, state and federal levels on early childhood issues impacting Arizona's families and young children.
  • Cultivates and promotes positive and productive relationships between FTF and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Recommends policy and legislative initiatives related to early childhood development and health.
  • Provides timely assessment of federal, state, and local initiatives that have or could have a direct impact on FTF and broader early childhood issues, including monitoring and tracking federal, state and local legislation impacting early care and education.
  • Assumes an active role in problem solving in a complex political environment.
  • Collaborates with the Chief Policy Advisor to identify and implement a strategic, coordinated public affairs plan that includes statewide and community-based strategies.
  • Creates a variety of documents to translate legislative issues (i.e., position and briefing papers).
  • Provides timely and accurate information (in writing and through public presentations) to regional partnership council members and stakeholders.
  • Provides trainings and learning opportunities for regional council members, stakeholders and employees of the organization.
  • Prepares public testimony and presents on behalf of the organization.



  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, public policy, communications or related field.
  • Seven to 10 years of direct experience in government relations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentations and training, report/letter writing, grant writing, and informational articles.
  • Ability to translate complex issues and systems into clear, concise, and engaging presentations and materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with proven effectiveness at managing multiple priorities on deadline.
  • Strong relationships with elected officials and community leaders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in communicating with public policymakers and constituents, including social media.
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in highly-collaborative team efforts.
  • Knowledge of early childhood and/or human services systems/policy strongly preferred.

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