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Director of Government and Community Affairs - BBG

Director of Government and Community Affairs - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Director is responsible for identifying and securing public funding and monitoring policy initiatives within the city, state and federal levels of government.  S/he is responsible for developing and implementing a focused and effective government relations and community affairs agenda for city, state and federal agencies, elected and appointed officials and their staff.  He/she maintains active partnerships with government agencies, community organizations, and community boards to build capacity and support for the programs and projects at BBG.  S/he helps communicate and advance the Garden’s mission and goals to governmental programs including the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and NYC Department of Sanitation. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serve as the point-person for the Garden’s relationships with city, state and federal agencies, and with elected and appointed officials and their staff. 

Collaborate with BBG staff to research, develop and continually refine the Garden’s public-funding and community-relations goals

Implement a focused and effective government-relations strategy for federal, state and local government agencies and elected and appointed officials, through such means as direct advocacy, preparation and distribution of advocacy materials, and arranging advocacy events.

Implement a focused and effective community-relations strategy. 

Provide timely information to the President and BBG Vice Presidents with respect to important funding opportunities, laws, policies, and public-agency news. 

Represent BBG in multi-agency (e.g. Cultural Institute Group, Friends of the Environment) processes to communicate and advance BBG’s public funding goals. 

Coordinate with Coalition of Living Museums steering committee and membership across New York State to ensure a unified message for support of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

Assist President and other senior staff in developing grant proposals, expense reports, and capital requests to obtain and report on public funding.

Represent BBG at community meetings and related events.

Plan and direct community events and community outreach efforts in coordination with other Garden departments.

Assist with planning and coordination the implementation of BBG’s Master Site Plan.

Write testimony and represent the Garden at public hearings.

Supervise activities of advocacy consultants.

Ensure lobbying compliance through external registration and reporting requirements.

Monitor timely reporting of legislative grant payments.

Performs other related duties and special projects as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.

Minimum 5 years related experience. 

Excellent understanding of federal, state, and local policy framework and budget processes. 

Expert understanding of government decision-making and funding processes. 

Exceptional interpersonal skills.

Experience in government affairs and government decision-making processes.  

Lobbying experience strongly preferred. 

Ability to vigorously represent the Garden to elected and appointed officials, agencies, outside organizations, and members of the public. 

Excellent research, writing, and communication skills. 

Ability to work effectively with others across the organization; good team-playing skills, including diligence, creativity, and a healthy sense of humor. 

Well-organized and self-directed; experience juggling many projects at once with attention to detail. 

Successful experience in partnership and relationship and coalition building and development. 

Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects. 

How to Apply: 

Visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden-Jobs & Internship careers website to apply.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer