Director of Communications and Government Relations

Maine School Management Association | Augusta, ME, United States

Posted Date 7/09/2024

Maine School Management Association (MSMA) is seeking a full-time Director of Communications and Government Relations. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MSMA is the service organization for the Maine School Boards Association and the Maine School Superintendents Association.

The Director of Communications and Government Relations is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of strategic communications and government relations plans to advance the associations’ mission and goals. This role includes managing communications, media relations, and legislative advocacy. This individual assists the executive staff to assure that the interests of school boards and superintendents are effectively represented, including research, policy development and lobbying the legislative and executive branches of state and federal governments. The Director will work closely with executive leadership, stakeholders, and policymakers to enhance the associations’ visibility, reputation, and influence.

The successful candidate must be very detail-oriented and have exceptional time management skills; have strong functional usage of technology, smart phones, and Microsoft Office 365; have the ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; have thorough knowledge of local, state and federal governmental processes, including State of Maine legislative process; have knowledge of and experience working with state and local regulatory agencies, especially as they relate to public education; have superior ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form; have experience managing crisis communication and media relations; have a proven track record of developing and implementing successful communication and advocacy strategies; have excellent interpersonal skills; and have adaptability and flexibility.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Communications:

  • Develops and executes comprehensive communication strategies to support association objectives.
  • Develops, creates, and posts communications on a regular basis that demonstrate the mission and priorities of MSBA and MSSA.
  • Oversees the creation and dissemination of compelling communications across various channels, including, newsletters, press releases, social media, and MSMA/MSBA/MSSA webpages.
  • Provides regular communications to the Executive Director, the MSSA Executive Director (MSMA Deputy Executive Director), MSBA membership, and MSSA membership as applicable.

Media Relations:

  • Maintains good relationships with the media to assure that MSBA and MSSA positions and their respective spokespersons are well represented in the press.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the association.
  • Manage media inquiries and media events.
  • Ensures consistent messaging and branding in all communications.

Government Relations:

  • Assists the Executive Director through research, policy analysis, briefing materials and presentations, formulation of strategy options, and other analytical and professional support functions.
  • Develops and recommends legislative and political action strategies to successfully implement the MSBA and MSSA legislative and political action agenda at the state and local levels.
  • Monitors and analyzes legislative and regulatory developments affecting the associations.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key government officials, policymakers, and advocacy groups.
  • Analyzes and drafts complex legislative initiatives.
  • Writes testimony and develops talking points to reflect those positions.
  • Represents the associations at government meetings, hearing and public events.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Foster strong relationships with all stakeholders, including members of legislative committees, school board members, superintendents, state legislators, and executive branch representatives.
  • Coordinate stakeholder communications and ensure alignment with MSMA/MSBA/MSSA goals.
  • Provides training at the state and local levels regarding legislative advocacy.
  • Participates in special assignments and projects designed to further the goals and objectives of MSBA and MSSA.

Desirable Experience and Training:

  • BA degree (or higher) – preference in communications, public relations, political science, PreK-12 education related field, or other related field;
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in communications, public relations or government relations;
  • Three years of experience in work directly related to government, political and agency relations;
  • Proven research and analytical skills, both as they relate to fiscal and non-fiscal issues;
  • Strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, with proven abilities to work with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures; and
  • Experience in government relations and lobbying.

MSMA offers a competitive wage and benefits package. The salary range is $80,000-$95,000 and will be based on a candidate’s experience, skills, and qualifications.

Start Date:  As soon as a suitable candidate is found

Please submit a letter of application and resume, including the names and phone numbers of three recent references to:



Salary80,000.00 - 95,000.00 Annual
Job Type
Membership Organization - Association | Non-Profit
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