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Government Affairs Specialist

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks candidates for the position of Government Affairs Specialist, who will join the agency’s Government Affairs Department. The Government Affairs Specialist is a core member of MAPC’s legislative team, which advocates on a wide range of issues with legislators on Beacon Hill and occasionally on federal issues. MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit and

Duties include: Develop elements of the agency’s legislative agenda, along with policy and advocacy strategies, including leading advocacy efforts on key issues; Prepare and draft testimony and correspondence to legislators, meet with legislators and legislative staff; Convene groups of municipal officials and other allies to design programs that address issues common to the region. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning or a related field; and Broad knowledge of state, local and federal government functions, including a general understanding of municipal governance and finance, with Massachusetts State House experience preferred; At least 3-5 years of related experience preferably in a public policy arena, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience.

The starting salary ranges from $50,000 to $55,000, depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE JOB AD AT AND APPLY AT LINK SHOWN THERE. Please attach a cover letter, resume and writing sample. A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Posted 8-17-16; Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Operations.