Boston, Massachusetts

Job Posting Description

At Boston Children’s Hospital, the quality of our care – and our inclusive hospital working environment – lies in the diversity of our people. With patients from local communities and 160 countries around the world, we’re committed to reflecting the spectrum of their cultures, while opening doors of opportunity for our team. Here, different talents pursue common goals. Voices are heard and ideas are shared. Join us, and discover how your unique contributions can change lives. Yours included

The Government Relations Specialist will work with the Government Relations team to influence health policy changes to improve the health and health care coverage of children.  The primary emphasis of the work will be child and adolescent behavioral health. The Specialist will report to the Director of Behavioral Health Advocacy and policy, but will support the entire team.

The Government Relations Specialist will be responsible for:
  • Work collaboratively with Government Relations team to identify policy issues, develop positions in designated issues areas, and educate hospital staff in his/her areas of responsibility
  • Produce and disseminate advocacy materials to policymakers, internal audiences, and partner organizations as necessary to support and advance policy agenda
  • Oversee the coordination and logistical planning for signature hospital events in Boston and Washington, DC; coordinate tours of the hospital for elected officials
  • Work across organizations, agencies and disciplines to coordinate and support the work of coalition leadership for all activities related to School-Based Behavioral Health advocacy
  • Provide administrative and organizational support to facilitate the collaboration across a broad range of stakeholders, including the Children’s Mental Health Campaign
  • Provide support to the Hospital’s grassroots advocacy program (the Children’s Advocacy Network), including outreach to increase enrollment in the CAN, development of updates and action alerts, and evaluation and monitoring of CAN performance.
  • Represent the hospital at meetings and foster collaboration with partner organizations and internal departments. 
  • Coordinate policy intern selection process and provide supervision and mentoring to interns
  • Provide administrative support to the Government Relations team

To qualify, you must have:
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2-3 years of experience in a government or advocacy organization setting
  • Strong analytic and writing skills, including ability to write clear and effective briefing papers, fact sheets and memoranda for a range of audiences including legislators
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a team and across multiple disciplines within the hospital
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize and complete various projects simultaneously
  • Positive and supportive attitude a must
Please note: During a public health emergency, individuals in this role may be expected to take on additional duties to respond to organizational needs.

Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including an affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, cell phone plan discounts and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off). Discover your best.

Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.


Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Our services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations we also treat adults.)

We have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and our 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year, the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 214,000 radiological examinations.

Our team of physicians and nurses has been recognized by a number of independent organizations for overall excellence, and we're proud to share some notable examples with you here.

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