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Government Affairs Manager

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Director of Government Affairs, the Government Affairs Manager assists with advocating and advancing the Queens Library’s vision and mission relative to legislative issues and community stakeholders. The Government Affairs Manager also serves as a support to the Government Affairs team to advocate for operational support and capital support.

Government Affairs and Relationship Management

  • Represents the Queens Library at meetings with community boards, coalitions, and public agencies. Attends other meetings and events as necessary to inform public and government stakeholders of the Queens Library’s agenda.
  • Assists the Director of Government Affairs with formulating and implementing budget (operating and capital) funding advocacy strategy.
  • Liaises with the Capital and Facilities department regarding ongoing projects in elected officials’ districts.
  • Collaborates with elected officials’ staffs to handle requests for space at community libraries which includes but is not limited to mobile libraries, educational programming, and neighborhood assemblies.
  • Serves as a liaison between Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library for ‘Tri-Li” advocacy initiatives.
  • Collaborates with external organizations and public offices and leads, facilitates and/or participates in committees and planning groups as required.
  • Leads the planning and implementation of QL events and meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Supports special Queens Library events such as library openings, centennial celebrations, and ribbon cuttings when made possible/sponsored by elected officials.

Advocacy

  • Assists the Director of Government Affairs with advocacy efforts related to budgetary and legislative matters at the city, state and federal level.
  • Develops and manages relationships with community boards, district managers, chairpersons, community leaders and community groups to promote advocacy and awareness of library programs and services.
  • Assists in budget preparation materials and presentation
  • Develops relationship with Queens Library’s Friends groups to help serve as the first line of advocacy for community libraries.
  • Develops a legislative agenda and advocates for the library service needs of communities.
  • Serves as a representative of the organization, maintaining and developing relationships with key external contacts and the community at large.
  • Develops and maintain a broad base of legislative, governmental and industry contacts that include key stakeholder relationships at borough, city and state levels.
  • Maintains clear, accurate and timely communication with elected officials and their staff.
  • Creates opportunities for recognition of support, including scheduling of meetings, press events and photo opportunities with elected officials.
  • Addresses concerns and issues that arise with elected officials and other stakeholders in a timely and effective manner.
  • Conducts necessary research and compiles comprehensive reports.
  • Assists with providing statistical data and other information for required city, state and local reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science or related field is required.
  • Excellent communication skills required including the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public.
  • Occasional travel, some evening and weekend hours required.

ABOUT QUEENS LIBRARY:

Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed.   Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.
Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect’s Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).

TO APPLY: 

Please email your resume and cover letter to: Employment@queenslibrary.org and reference “Government Affairs Manager - EXTERNAL” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.

The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer