Government Relations Specialist

Join a strong community where all we do is care-for the children and families we serve every day, as well as for our dedicated team members. Our people are our best asset. We listen and we know what you're looking for:

  • You want benefits. We support you with a minimum 50% childcare discount, immediate access to benefits, innovative health programs, 401(k) company match, and much more.
  • You want balance. We offer flexible schedules that work for you, no nights or weekends, the ability to bring your children to work with you, and paid time off.
  • You want opportunity. We invest in your future with ongoing training, tuition reimbursement, credential assistance, and our unique Master Teacher Program.
  • You want recognition. We provide a positive, fun workplace where employees are appreciated.

The Government Relations Specialist will work closely with the Director of Government Affairs and key stakeholders to shape and advance LCG’s policy priorities, support the strategy, and further promote access to quality early care and education.  This role will be key in further building, developing, and advancing relationships with state lawmakers, legislative staff, agency staff, and advocates to improve LCG’s position as a thought leader on issues relevant to early childhood education.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the Director of Government Affairs and key stakeholders to shape and advance LCG’s policy priorities, strategy, and promote access to quality early care and education in states.
  • Build, develop, and advance relationships with state lawmakers, legislative staff, agency staff, and advocates to improve LCG’s positioning as a thought leader on issues relating to early childhood education.
  • Independently identify, monitor, research, and analyze state legislation and regulation for emerging issues that may impact LCG operations, or the availability and affordability of quality early childhood education.
  • Execute lobbying activities in assigned states, including direct advocacy, overseeing consultants and partnerships, complying with relevant reporting requirements, and documenting activities and impact through internal systems.
  • Represent LCG before external audiences and collaborate effectively with external partners, including advocacy organizations, trade associations, coalitions, and interest groups, where interests align.

 

 

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, public relations, education or related field required.
  • 5+ years’ experience in state government relations, policy, and advocacy required.
  • Experience in early childhood education, education, healthcare, energy, or another highly regulated sector preferred.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate well with a variety of stakeholders, including media.

 

 

Travel

  • Up to 25% domestic travel

 

 

Other Skills and Abilities Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service skills with both internal and external customers.
  • Capable of working with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.
  • Effective communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal.
  • Proficient time management, organizational skills, and ability to meet established deadlines.
  • Skilled in developing and presenting to a variety of audiences both in-person and virtually.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders including media. 
  • Capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with varying levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Learning Care Group is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.