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The Greater Boston Food Bank Government Relations Coordinator in Boston, Massachusetts

Government Relations Coordinator

+ + Job Tracking ID: 512213-744834

  • Job Location: Boston, MA

  • Job Level: Any

  • Level of Education: Any

    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: October 06, 2020

  • Years of Experience: Any

  • Starting Date: October 2, 2020

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Job Description:

Purpose: The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. The Government Relations Coordinator plays an important role in raising awareness of GBFB’s mission to end hunger here among elected and appointed public officials.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, the Government Relations Coordinator will assist in identifying advocacy priorities and creating and executing an annual government relations and advocacy strategy by working closely with internal Team members including the President/CEO, the Senior VP of Advancement, the marketing communications team, and the Agency Relations Team, as well as external partners such as member agencies, lobbyists, the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts, legislators and aides.


  • Collaborate with key internal stakeholders to identify annual GBFB advocacy priorities, and in conjunction with the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, assist in development and dissemination of annual advocacy plan.

  • Manage day-to-day execution of the plan, which may include a variety of actions including process and project management, policy analysis, or managing inquiries or requests from legislators or senior leaders.

  • Create and execute email and social media advocacy campaigns; draft/develop policy social media copy or messages to be used in various internal/external communication.

  • Developing and executing annual advocacy trainings.

  • Research, develop and deliver committee public testimony on legislative issues.

  • Monitor hunger-relief policy and developments by tracking government actions at the local, state and federal level, news, and attending various coalition meetings.

  • Prepare and accompany the President/CEO, SVP of Advancement and the Director of Communication and Public Affairs on various government relations/advocacy-related meetings and events to build relationships; and represent GBFB at such meetings when appropriate.

  • Create, maintain, cultivate, and document in Salesforce relationships/contacts with key external stakeholders such as lobbying firm, GBFB member agencies, legislators and aides, partner food banks and other community advocates.

Experience and Skills:


  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to build effective relationships at all levels, both internally and externally.

  • Proven ability to handle multiple and varied tasks.

  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft software, and experience with email and html preferred.

  • Ability to work independently as well as a team player.

  • Sensitivity, tact, diplomacy, and experience in handling confidential information.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, public policy or related field.

  • Two to five years’ experience in government relations, public policy or government.

  • Experience and understanding of writing effectively across different mediums (e.g., policy briefs, website, blog, email, social media, speaking points, newsletter, letters).

  • Demonstrated ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork and excellence.

  • Ability and willingness to travel.

  • Passion for GBFB’s mission and the ability to communicate it.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Lift or carry up to 25lbs

  • Ability to sit up to 3 hours at a time

  • Ability to work within an open air/cubicle environment