Director of Public Policy

Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida
Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida (PPSENFL) believes that reproductive self-determination and the right to privacy are core human freedoms. Our mission is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of education, advocacy and clinical services that are affordable, accessible and available to all women, men and youth in the community, regardless of the individual's income, race, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or residence. 
 
If you love the idea of making an impact on the community with a strong mission oriented organization, we want to hear from you!  You will be an integral part of our culture which fosters a commitment to our workplace values:  respect, caring, support, teamwork, collaboration, accountability and responsibility.
 
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Director Public Policy is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance the policy interests of Planned Parenthood in Florida. This includes policy monitoring, analysis, education, strategy and relationship building with coalition partners and elected officials. They monitor legislation, regulations and policy initiatives to protect and promote access to reproductive health care and sexual health education and provide policy recommendations to increase access to healthcare.  They serve as the organization’s primary contact with members of the state legislature, legislative and administration staffers and policy experts in various organizations. They lead the development and execution of a coordinated state plan that maximizes the resources and effectiveness of all partners and reduces duplication of efforts in the areas of legislative affairs. They advise the organizing program to build grassroots support for policy initiatives. The position supervises the Legislative Manager.  The position is based in Tallahassee and requires travel around the state as needed.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Promotes an organizational culture that embraces the agency’s workplace values of respect, caring, support, effective communication, teamwork, collaboration, accountability and responsibility; and works with colleagues to create and maintain a workplace environment reflective of those values.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Public Affairs and the organizing team, develops and implements a comprehensive legislative/ policy strategy to protect and promote access to reproductive health care and sexual health education at the state level.
  • Cultivates and stewards critical relationships with state elected officials and their staff through regular personal visits, correspondence, phone, etc.
  • Represents Planned Parenthood’s mission and policy positions when speaking to external audiences.
  • Educates members of the state legislature and their staff on reproductive health and related legislation and serves as Planned Parenthood’s "voice” at the state Capitol.
  • Identifies members of the legislature who need additional information and education from their constituents.
  • Monitors legislative development and activities and provides Planned Parenthood affiliates with the latest information regarding legislative activity and coordinates efforts to mobilize activities in support of the organization’s policy positions.
  • Represents Planned Parenthood in Florida in legislative caucus meetings, at the statewide c3 table and other state-based coalitions focused on policy initiatives.
  • Responsible for monitoring state health policies, rules and regulations and working collaboratively with operations teams to identify impacts to Planned Parenthood business in Florida.
  • Writes policy analysis, summaries and talking points on Planned Parenthood issues for members of the legislature, their staff, affiliates and coalition partners.
  • Writes reports, fact sheets, activist alerts, and work plans.
  • Protects the confidentiality of Planned Parenthood clients, donors, board, and all areas of operation.
  • Develops timelines and budgets for assigned programs and ensure that tasks are completed on time and within budget.
  • Supervises the Legislative Affairs Manager.
  • Participates in state and national conferences and trainings to develop and teach skills.
  • Ensure compliance with conditions of 501(c) (3) guidelines for approved activities and all other legal compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Protects the confidentiality of Planned Parenthood clients, donors, board, and all areas of operation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 
MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS: 
  • Superior research, editing, presentation, analytical and writing skills, in multiple lengths and formats and to multiple audiences.
  • Commitment to inter- and intra-agency teamwork.
  • Energetic, creative, motivated, a self-starter, and able to function productively and effectively with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Must be able to travel as needed.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Ability to set priorities and organize concurrent projects, meet deadlines, handle pressure, manage multiple projects and time effectively, exercise independent judgment and assume responsibility for reliable follow through.
  • Ability to be a team player as well as a leader.
  • Ability to gracefully manage a high level of stress, multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to cultivate sound relationships with elected officials, coalition partners and media.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (20-25 pounds).  Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard, telephone or workstation; walking for up to 3 hours (e.g., canvassing, parades); periods of time outdoors in variety of weather (e.g., canvassing, parades, tabling, etc.); and   lifting and transporting tables and boxes of materials for outreach work.
 
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred from an accredited college or university in Women’s Studies, Political Science, Public Policy or another closely related field.
  • A minimum of five-seven years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience developing and maintaining credible and productive relationships with elected officials, coalition partners, media and managing rapid/crisis response.
  • Experience creating and executing detailed work plans and coordinating multiple stakeholders.
 
DIVERSE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
 
Planned Parenthood Federation of South, East, and North Florida is a Drug Free workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.