Government Relations Director

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

St Paul, MN, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

This position will manage and oversee government relations at the local, state, and federal levels for DEED with a primary focus of advancing the Agency’s goals, objectives, and mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing and executing DEED’s legislative agenda, strategizing communication and action plans, advising DEED leadership on government affairs, and effectively managing diverse stakeholder relationships. The incumbent will build relationships and communicate to promote government affairs and the legislative work of DEED, including reports, briefings, presentations, and critical updates.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advise the Commissioner and senior leadership on state, local, and federal government affairs.
  • Serve as a liaison between DEED and the Governor’s Office, other state agencies, and other local and federal elected officials.
  • Manage internal legislative proposal development including organizing collaborative brainstorming and decision making across DEED leadership.
  • Lead community and stakeholder engagement, in coordination with agency public engagement staff, in developing ideas for legislative proposals, and vetting legislative proposals.
  • Lead process and planning in the drafting of bill language.

This position is statutory unclassified and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

Minimum Qualifications:

To receive credit for your education and experience, your resume should clearly describe how you meet each minimum and/or preferred qualification listed, including dates of employment.

Five (5) years* of progressively responsible government affairs experience in state, tribal, federal, or local government, or equivalent private sector experience.

*Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other closely related field as determined by the agency may substitute one (1) year of experience; master’s degree substitutes for eighteen (18) months of experience

Applicants that meet the above minimum qualification will be further evaluated on the following:

  • Analytical skills to evaluate, review, and critique of proposed policy and legislation to thoughtfully respond and anticipate questions and concerns from a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience with advocacy and negotiation.
  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and influence a multitude of constituencies with diplomacy and tact.
  • Knowledge of communication strategies and practices sufficient to disseminate information to a wide audience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate complicated information effectively to a variety of audiences.

Working together to improve the state we love.

What do Minnesota's State employees have in common?

  • A sense of purpose in their work
  • Connection with their coworkers and communities
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth


As an employee, you'll have access to one of the most affordable health insurance plans in Minnesota, along with other benefits to help you and your family be well.

Your benefits may include:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans
  • Fertility care, including IVF
  • Diabetes care
  • Dental and orthodontic care for adults and children
  • 6 weeks paid leave for parents of newborn or newly adopted children
  • Pension plan that provides income when you retire (after working at least three years)
  • Employer paid life insurance to provide support for your family in the event of death
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance that can provide income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Tax-free expense accounts for health, dental, and dependent care
  • Resources that provide support and promote physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being

Support to help you reach your career goals:

  • Training, classes, and professional development
  • Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.gov)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for work/life support:

  • A voluntary confidential program that helps employees and their families with life challenges that may impact overall health, personal well-being, or job performance
  • Common sources of stress can be addressed through the EAP: mental health, relationship challenges (personal and work), grief and loss, finances, and legal issues
  • Daily Living/Convenience Services: Chore services, home repair, trip planning, child/elder care

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.