Government Relations & Public Policy Fellow

Organizational Description: 

With offices in Boston and in Holyoke, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. MMP is a small staff working in a high leverage environment, mobilizing resources on behalf of mentoring programs diverse in target populations, geography, scope and organization development. Our environment is fast-paced, responsive to innovation, committed to organizational learning, and promotes staff development. MMP offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits within the non-profit sector. ​

Position Summary: 

The Government Relations Fellow will work with the Chief Executive Officer and Government Relations Manager to execute public policy and advocacy campaigns to benefit the youth mentoring field, and to track budget and policy activity on the federal and local level relevant to mentoring programs and developmental relationships.

The Government Relations Fellow serves as direct support to the Government Relations Manager. Responsibilities for the Fellow will include but not be limited to policy research, supporting advocacy campaign and grassroots organizing, and other duties as assigned. The Fellow will be responsible for overseeing 3-4 high school students on the Youth Leadership Council, but should remain in close communication with the Government Relations Manager in order to best proceed with advocacy campaigns and mobilization of the youth advocates and other advocacy contacts.

The Fellowship position would have an expected commitment through the end of May 2019.

Position Requirements: 
  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree or current Graduate-level student
  • Experience with managing or working with high-school-aged youth preferred
  • High level of professionalism and a go-getter attitude
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects within a deadline-driven environment
  • Resourceful and creative team player
  • Demonstrated interest in the MMP's mission
  • Experience with and interest in working with diverse people and efforts and eagerness to celebrate that diversity and that of the communities we serve
  • Excellent people skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities with competence, grace, and humor
Responsibilities: 

The goal of the fellowship is to work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Government Relations Manager to engage young adults, particularly high school aged students, in the Boston-area to engage in public policy initiatives specifically around the need for social-emotional supports in public schools for dropout prevention, our primary public policy goal. We hope to provide youth in Boston tools to empower themselves and their peers, educate them on the power of youth-adult relationships in school settings, and learn how the Mass Mentoring Partnership can promote positive relationships for high-school students. 

Responsibilities Include-

Lead the MMP Youth Leadership Council (YLC):

  • Interview and hire 3-4 qualified and dedicated students for the YLC
  • Work with the Government Relations Manager to determine a program timeline
  • Adapt YLC curriculum, lesson plans, and policies based on the needs of MMP
  • Lead YLC meetings, events, and YLC Youth Mentoring Day duties

Assist in Managing Voter Voice, MMP’s main advocacy communication platform:

  • Draft advocacy campaign posts
  • Draft advocacy communication blasts and messaging
  • Draft and conduct advocacy based surveys
  • Keep contact list up-to-date and upload new contacts

State Line Item and Policy Advocacy:

  • Support the Government Affairs team as needed during critical times in the state budget and legislative process
  • Make legislative phone calls
  • Schedule meetings with key stakeholders
  • Utilize Voter Voice to garner grassroots advocacy from our base
  • Organize YLC members as necessary
  • Provide support for planning advocacy portion of Youth Mentoring Day
  • Support Manager in scheduling legislative meetings for YMD guests
  • Draft emails to blast to networks
  • Support Communications Team to draft social media posts

Policy Research:

  • Research multiple topics relevant to MMP’s advocacy platform 
  • Examples include:
    • Social-Emotional Supports
    • Graduation Coaches
    • Support for vulnerable populations
    • Boston Public Schools dropout and graduation rates
    • Current legislative bills related to developmental relationships and informal mentoring
    • Potential legislators to contact during critical advocacy times
    • Write up both informal and formal reports on research topics to distribute to relevant parties
How to Apply: 

To be considered for the role, please email your resume and cover letter to humanresources@massmentors.org with the subject line "Government Relations & Public Policy Fellow". Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Mass Mentoring Partnership provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees.

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018