Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Director, Government Relations (NE)

3 weeks ago
Job ID
Govt Relations - Federal
Northeast Region


Under the limited supervision of the National Vice President, Government Relations the Director, Government Relations - NE is responsible for the daily management, leadership and support of the statewide government relations funding initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and will provide all necessary support to the Government Relations staff in their roles of influence in the NE region. Position will be a full-time telecommuting position based in the NE region.


The Director, Government Relations is responsible for providing consultation, leadership and technical assistance for local, state and regionally assigned federal and state government funding initiatives and provides all necessary support in their role of influencing federal and state policies and actions on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and its affiliates which include State Alliances, local Boys & Girls Clubs organizations and BGCA departments.  Furthermore, the Director, Government Relations works to anchor state and federal government partners to the BGCA mission, while annually sustaining and growing strategic and systematic six and seven-figure government funding contracts to support State Alliances and local Club organizations. The Director, Government Relations also will experience a direct working relationship with a team of high-level State Alliance boards and engagement with the BGCA board of trustees, ensuring their successful involvement in identifying and pursuing government funding prospects as well as cultivating relationships with state and federal government elected officials and leaders in efforts to protect the Movement service model through proactive policy work and advocacy efforts.


The Director, Government Relations provides support to BGCA, State Alliances and Club organizations to identify, assess, develop, successfully apply for, and operate outcome driven programs based on priority federal and state government funding sources to enhance service to youth.  The Director is an expert resource and has a working knowledge of the impact government funds can have on the success of a local Boys & Girls Club or similar organization.  The Director has the skills to assess the Director, Government Relations needs and capabilities of affiliates for pursuing government funding and assist in guiding the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and State Alliances in identifying opportunities to protect current funding levels, engage more policy makers in understanding the needs of our youth and enhancing opportunities for funding growth in new areas.  The Director will influence federal and state public policy and advocacy efforts for BGCA and its affiliates through knowledge of government trends and the needs and issues of youth.  The Director will work collaboratively with local Boys & Girls Clubs organizations, BGCA departments and State Alliances.



  • In partnership with BGCA affiliates and local Club organizations, establish strategic and systematic funding contracts. 
  • Develop funding prospects through consistent and high level interaction with state and federal government leaders and advocacy efforts. 
  • Manage a portfolio of State Alliances within a defined region/territory. 
  • Meet or exceed multi-million dollar annual revenue goals while establishing a pipeline for future years. 
  • Engage, develop and leverage public/private partnerships in collaboration with the Resource Development department staff. 
  • Engage board members, trustees and senior leaders in the advocacy and development process.
  • Provide strong leadership to BGCA, State Alliances and Club organizations in securing government grants that often exceed multi-million dollar awards for Club organizations’ delivery of quality programs which enhance academic success, healthy lifestyles and character & leadership development among youth. 
  • Work with BGCA, State Alliances and Club organizations to successfully align BGCA funding priorities to federal and state agency interests and legislative priorities in order to maximize potential funding requests and grant awards. 
  • Support BGCA, State Alliances, and Club organizations in creating, updating and executing dynamic strategies for securing government funds, including support in the following: pursuing face-to-face meetings with legislative and government agency leaders; developing proposals and grant applications; regularly engaging and stewarding government officials; reporting on grant objectives and impact; and establishing prospects for future grants.
  • Provide technical assistance in identifying government grant programs and adhering to contracts while fully understanding and conveying the requirements related to the use of government funds.
  • Provide direction and assure support in regards to grant/funding administration and management to include proposals, letters of agreements, as well as reporting systems and processes.
  • Provide consultation, leadership and technical assistance for assigned federal and state government funding initiatives on behalf of BGCA and its affiliates which include local Boys & Girls Clubs, BGCA departments and State Alliances.
  • Provide active consultation, leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to local Club organizations, Alliance Board of Directors, Area Councils, Board of Trustees and BGCA national staff in regard to federal and state legislative and government funding efforts.
  • Assist affiliates to assess, develop, and successfully apply for grants and pursue funding opportunities for programs that they are capable of conducting while providing outcome driven programmatic experiences which help youth meet the Boys & Girls Club priority outcome areas and Movement-wide goals.
  • Assess affiliates’ readiness to operate programs based on government grants or contract requirements by understanding their unique programs, needs, and opportunities.
  • Provide general direction and guidance to contracted lobbyists, legislative consultants and grant writers in assigned funding priorities or geographic area.
  • Provide assistance to assigned State Alliance boards to advise them on available funding and guide them to resources available for state legislative efforts.
  • Work collaboratively on a regular basis with national staff in other BGCA departments to provide guidance and technical assistance in regard to federal and state legislative and government funding efforts.
  • Provide reports and written analyses of funding priorities or affiliate issues related to government funding and policy initiatives, assigned performance and financial issues, meeting summaries, calendar commitments, activity reports, and any other reporting measures required by the Office of Government Relations.
  • Provide leadership and direction on the implementation of legislative activities and engagement for annual state and national advocacy events coupled with Youth of the Year events, when possible.
  • Assist with and lead special projects or national assignments as assigned by the Senior Director, Government Relations and/or Chief Development and Public Affairs Officer.
  • Demonstrate BGCA mission driven values of integrity, excellence and inclusion and integrate into work environment and ways of work (ICARE).
  • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA’s Employee Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.


Minimum of six years’ experience working in the Boys & Girls Club Movement, or similar organization; demonstrated experience working collaboratively with local Club or organizational boards and staff, and state leaders; demonstrated experience working with state legislatures and an understanding of state government funding; and working knowledge of the impact government funds can have on the success of a local Boys & Girls Club or similar organization in serving its members. 



Strong understanding of the inner-workings of a local Boys & Girls Club or similar organization, and the importance of the relationship between a board and its staff; working understanding of legislative activity, state government funding, and the potential of both to strengthen local Boys & Girls Clubs or a related youth development program; demonstrated high standards of ethics and integrity; demonstrated competence in time management and prioritization, issue analysis, board support and handling of multiple tasks; personnel management techniques and experience; detail and task orientation; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and a team player with demonstrated collaborative skills.     


Environmental and Working Conditions: 

Normal internal working environment.  Approximately 45%-50% travel required (can be up to two weeks or more in a month, depending upon scheduling requirements).  The individual selected for this position must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to navigate areas of the country by using a map or other direction methods.


Physical and Mental Requirements: 

High energy, motivated, confident, and creative; ability to work for prolonged periods at high levels of activity, managing multiple tasks with varying deadlines; ability to exchange, clearly and concisely, ideas and fact, both verbal and written.



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