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24 Jun 2019

Full-Time Associate Director for Public Policy

 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is seeking an associate director for public policy. The associate director assists the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and the executive director by actively identifying, formulating, and implementing public policy objectives that promote the common good in the state of Minnesota.

The associate director is MCC’s day-to-day point of contact with public officials and is responsible for facilitating good relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle.  We work to find common ground for the common good.

Lobbying, policy analysis, and building coalitions comprise the principal duties of the associate director, though the associate director is also responsible for building relationships with parishes, laity, and other stakeholders in the Catholic community.  The associate director also works with other MCC team members to facilitate programming and develop resources that help Catholics be more effective faithful citizens and live missionary discipleship in the public arena.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with elected officials and staff;
  • Coordinating Minnesota Catholic Conference legislative advocacy;
  • Monitoring and researching state and federal issues that have an impact on human dignity and the common good;
  • Participating in committee hearings, testifying on behalf of the Church, and coordinating stakeholder testimony;
  • Attending meetings with legislators, staff, executive and agency officials, as well as others;
  • Drafting policy positions, legislative testimony, and preparing updates and the relevant correspondence as needed;
  • Producing written and oral issue updates to stakeholders, committees, and legislators;
  • Building coalitions with other organizations and faith communities to advance legislative objectives;
  • Planning and coordinating legislative events and outreach for Catholic clergy and laity;
  • Training clergy and laity to effectively engage with policy makers and elected officials;
  • Assisting with the development of Minnesota Catholic Conference communications tools, including videos and social media;
  • Speaking to parishes and other Catholic organizations;
  • Providing an accessible channel of communication between Minnesota Catholics and religious, secular, and other organizations;
  • Representing the Minnesota Catholic Conference in media forums as necessary;
  • Traveling throughout Minnesota and occasional travel outside the state;
  • Other duties as required.

Job Qualifications: Required Qualifications • Thorough knowledge of Catholic social teaching; • Practicing Catholic who exhibits fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church; • An entrepreneurial and evangelical spirit; • Three years of legislative, lobbying, or public policy experience, or experience in a related field; • Demonstrated knowledge of the legislative process; • Strong analytical and research skills; • Clear and consistent verbal and written communication skills combined with effective interpersonal and organizational skills; • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 Suite and products; • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Preferred Qualifications • Law degree or graduate degree; • Spanish language fluency.

Organizational Name: Minnesota Catholic Conference

Organizational City: St. Paul

Position Contact Email:

Deadline: Position open until filled.

Benefits: Included

Experience: Required

Salary / Range: Salary and benefits package commensurate with experience

Setting: Urban

Number of Parish Households: Information Not Provided

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resumé, short writing sample, and three references to or HR Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference, 475 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55103. No phone calls, please. Position open until filled.

Job Categories: Ministry (Pastoral, Shared and Volunteer). Job Types: Full-Time.

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