Open Position: Governmental Relations Research Specialist

Open Position: Governmental Relations Research Specialist

POSITION TITLE: Governmental Relations Research Specialist

DATE: January 4, 2021

DEPARTMENT: Governmental Affairs; Unit 2

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Director of Governmental and Community Relations

POSITION CLOSING: Open until filled

AVAILABLE: January 1, 2021

Works to promote and achieve the goals and priorities of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). This position provides professional and technical research and strategic recommendations around public policy to the Governmental Relations team at MNA, as well as spends time working with the Government Relations team at the Minnesota State Capitol and municipal governments. This position will also work to summarize legislation, draft amendments, track bills and prepare memos communicating policy and electoral research and recommendations to the department and other parts of the union.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Researching Minnesota statutes, rules, department guidance and executive orders.
• Researching legislation and statute in other states.
• Researching Minnesota county and city ordinances.
• Monitoring trends in public policy that effect key MNA priorities.
• Working in conjunction with MNA lobbyists to track and summarize legislation that impacts
nursing, collective bargaining, healthcare, or social justice issues.
• Understanding Minnesota governmental budgets and hospital funding streams.
• Working with our national affiliate, National Nurses United, on how federal policy may affect
our political goals.
• Providing accurate data and issue analysis under short timelines.
• Working in collaboration with Corporate Strategic Researcher to share resources and generate
new ways of gathering information.
• Responding accurately and timely to information requests.
• Monitoring committee hearings, attending in person meetings with legislators and other lobbying
• Working in collaboration with other departments during contract negotiations, elections and on
other key organizational goals.

• Bachelor’s degree in political science, research, or other relevant area of study and;
• 2 years of experience providing research and analysis of public policy issues.
• a combination of education and experience that demonstrates an applicant’s knowledge of research techniques, processes, and analysis.

A candidate with either of the qualifications above also needs a combination of the following:
• Understanding of legislative process and state department operations.
• Familiarity with community and member mobilizing and collective bargaining.
• Understanding of healthcare and nursing issues.
• Proven dedication to furthering social justice issues important to nurses.
• Proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences in a variety of mediums.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to develop constructive relationships.
• Ability to accept feedback and move ideas you disagree with.
• Capacity to prioritize tasks, work independently and be part of a team.

MNA is invested in providing education and training in the above areas to ensure that the future employee gains the necessary skills to become successful in this position.

Work/life balance is prioritized, but ability to work occasional weekends, irregular hours, and travel periodically may be required. Transportation required.

Per MNASO Local 1, Unit 2 Contract Agreement. Starting salary of $76,128. MNA is an EEO/AA Employer.

CONTACT: Send your resume and cover letter to Wesley DeBerry, MNA Human Resources Manager, at