Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Government Relations Specialist

Based in Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.

The Government Relations Division is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Government Relations Specialist, who will be responsible for representing MTA and advocating for MTA's mission in the General Court and through the electoral process. Our ideal candidate will promote political action among MTA members in order to achieve legislative and electoral goals.

The duties for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Represent MTA in the Legislature and with the Administration.
  • Testify before committees.
  • Lobby individual legislators and staff.
  • Develop positive and mutually respectful relationships with legislators and staff.
  • Prepare educational materials for distribution to the Legislature, other governmental entities and MTA members.
  • Analyze educational information, economic data and the political environment to determine how best to advance MTA's agenda.
  • Identify and analyze issues of importance to public employees and educators and to take responsible action.
  • Promotes grassroots political action among MTA members to achieve legislative and electoral goals.
  • Collaborate with MTA locals and staff to provide information, lobbying and political training. 
  • Collaborate with coalitions to help achieve MTA's legislative and political goals.
  • Helps to draft and redraft legislation, including amendments on the spot during the legislative deliberation process.
  • Serve as staff to assigned MTA committees.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Master's Degree preferred). 
  • Five or more years of experience working in the legislative and political arena.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with a variety of personalities and to successfully participate as a member of a team.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the negative impact of privatization and high stakes accountability measures on quality and equity in public education.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to write legislative language.
  • Experience and ability to analyze written materials, evaluate situations quickly, and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to process papers and redraft written materials on the spot (reading, writing, sorting and carrying documents).
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and e-mail systems. 
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, nights and weekends and travel statewide as required. 
  • Driver's license and automobile or access to car on short notice.

Apply HERE!

The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value our diverse workforce and welcome applications from minorities, veterans, women, and persons with disabilities.

Salary, commensurate with experience, is highly competitive with a generous benefit package. 

*MTA reserves the right to waive any qualifications at its discretion*  

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