Senior Director, Government Relations

Austin, TX /
Government Relations – Government Relations - GR /
Full-time
About Us & Why We're Hiring

We're changing the way people connect to social care programs.

Findhelp launched over 10 years ago in Austin, TX and has helped over 7 million people find food, health, housing, and employment programs in seconds at findhelp.org

We're powered by tech, driven to do good, and looking for passionate people to join our team. Our mission is to connect all people in need and the programs that serve them (with dignity and ease).

If our mission strikes a chord, we'd love for you to keep reading.

The role:  
As Senior Director of State Government Relations, you’ll be managing a team of regional state government relations directors. You will direct and execute a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances findhelp’s mission and goals with local, regional, state, and federal executives, elected officials, and other key decision makers. You will ensure that the state government relations strategy is met and that the regional directors managing state government relations activity, are meeting their responsibilities.  This position reports to the Vice President of Government Relations.

What You’ll Do:

    • Oversee the design and implementation of innovative strategies, including legislative initiatives, state agency education and product market development .
    • Oversee the state government relations work, which consists of developing state government agency sales opportunities,  educating state agencies about findhelp’s product and mission, and overseeing the work of hired lobbyists who are helping move the findhelp legislative agenda forward. monitoring and legislative work opportunities and project management and document development to ensure deadlines are met and objectives are achieved.
    • Work collaboratively with the Director of Government Relations Policy in helping shape the government state strategy  
    • Speak to complex policy issues for purposes of influencing outcomes.
    • Anticipate needs and concerns and work to proactively address them, while focusing on building political capitol and reducing political risk.
    • Drive new business pursuits, including the development of thought leadership, identification of business prospects and ongoing networking.
    • Support team training and professional development and serve as a performance manager to the Regional Directors.

Who You Are:

    • Excellent organizational skills and written and verbal presentation skills.
    • Proven project management track record and comfort managing and working with staff at all levels.
    • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and a service-oriented attitude.
    • Ability to work under pressing deadlines across multiple projects and portray calm in the face of difficult situations.

Experience You’ll Bring:

    • Bachelor’s Degree required; with a concentration in Political Science, Government, Public Policy preferred. Advanced degree preferred.
    • 10 or more years of diversified government relations leadership, planning, communication, organization, and people management experience.
    • Experience working with senior executives, government affairs directors, and policymakers.
    • An entrepreneurial orientation and a commitment to grow the overall organization.
    • Technology industry experience, operational legislative or government service-related experience are a plus.

Perks at findhelp:

    • 401k & stock options 
    • Free food and onsite gym
    • Paid parental leave
    • Competitive PTO & 10 paid holidays
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance
    • Pet-friendly office with attached dog park 
    • 24/7 access to telemedicine and counseling
We value being together 

We believe being together enables stronger relationships, collaboration, and culture.

You can expect to be in-office if you’re based in Austin, TX.


We’re building a diverse, inclusive team
 
You’re welcome here. We want to help connect everyone to the help they need. So we want to build a company that represents your community.
 
But talk is cheap. We like action. Here are a few things that show we mean business.
      Employee Resource Groups
      Culture Committee
      Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee