VP Of Public Affairs
(Female, Age 35) from Denver, NY
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|Job Title||VP Of Public Affairs|
|Other Compensation||None Set|
|Company Size||(not answered)|
|Years Experience||2.5 years|
Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)
|Years in Career||0|
|Income Rating||0 / 10|
|Interest Rating||0 / 10|
|Work-Life Rating||0 / 10|
|Fulfilment Rating||0 / 10|
Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
Nonprofit women’s health care services and advocacy organization. We have 27 health clinics across a four state region with approximately 350 employees
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Oversee public affairs (policy, advocacy, government relations) work in 4 states and in partnership with national office for federal issues. Develop policy, advocacy, and electoral strategies and plans. Work with coalition partners to identify proactive and reactive policy initiatives and lobby appropriate members of state and federal legislators
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
health insurance, 401(k), 2 weeks vacation, paid sick time, 7 paid holidays
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes – the work is all about relationships. I enjoy it although the politics of coalition work is frustrating because we are a large organization and smaller organizations distrust us
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
office – we are 6-7 miles outside of the main metropolitan area which is difficult during legislative session when we need to be downtown at the capitol every day. We are also co-located with a main health clinic which gives staff exposure to clients
Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 3
The Actual Work: 1
A day in the life of…
Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:
|5am to 6am|
|6am to 7am|
|7am to 8am||Go for jog, take shower, eat breakfast|
|8am to 9am||Drive to work – 20 minutes – arrive around 8:45|
|9am to 10am||Review email, respond to important messages, read news (essential part of job), prepare materials for CEO and Board meeting|
|10am to 11am||Review materials written and prepared by staff for meetings and upcoming events – provide feedback and guidance|
|11am to 12pm||Meet one-on-one with direct reports (2, 1/2 hour meetings) to discuss priorities, upcoming projects, event, activities, and offer guidance on staff interactions|
|12pm to 1pm||Eat lunch at desk while reading more political and legal news|
|1pm to 2pm||Participate in webinar and conference call regarding voter environment and strategies for effective voter outreach|
|2pm to 3pm||Meet with coalition partners on current ballot measure – determine budget, field and communication plan|
|3pm to 4pm||Internal department staff meeting – discuss organizational policies, department priorites, and allow staff to provide updates on current projects and request for resources and assistance. Answer staff questions|
|4pm to 5pm||Review and respond to email from coalition partners, other departmental staff, and stakeholders|
|5pm to 6pm||Continue to review and respond to emails, review budget documents, review staff reports, finalize board materials|
|6pm to 7pm||wrap up work for the day, prepare “to do” list for tomorrow and review calendar for meetings and scheduled events|
|7pm to 8pm||drive home, eat dinner|
|8pm to 9pm||Watch TV – an hour or so|
|9pm to 10pm||read (some work related materials and some personal materials – book or magazine)|
|10pm to 11pm||read and wind down|
|11pm to 12am||go to sleep|
Table of Contents
How you got your job
How did you get your current job?
recruited by co-worker
What was the application process?
resume, interviews (3 different ones)
Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes – first with my soon-to-be supervisor, then with the staff I would be supervising, then with the leadership team, and finally with CEO
If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Everything ranging from experience to “likes” and “dislikes.” Questions about collaboration, ability to manage multiple priorities, understanding of government and legislative processes, ability to manage people,
Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Just regular organizational orientation
Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes – the skills acquired in law school are very helpful for planning policy, regulatory, and legislative strategies
If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
volunteer with a similar organization to acquire advocacy skills
What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
government affairs work, good social skills, flexibility, analytical and strategic planning skills
Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes – college degree required
What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
embrace flexibility, be ready for change, learn all you can about where to get reliable information on current issues
Long-term career plans
Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes – I don’t think I want to grow vertically (do not want to be CEO) but would like to use my legal skills to continue to promote policy intiatives – would prefer to do in more intimate environment as consultant or law firm
What are your current career goals?
Woudl like to practice campaign finance / election and health care law
Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Prior work history
Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:
|Prior Job 1||Sr Legislative Analyst||3 years||70000||Develop proactive legislative strategies in 50 states for promotion of unique class of health care providers. Monitor and respond to legislation and regulations|
|Prior Job 2||Assistant Section Chieft||3 years||62000||Oversee contract adminstration of Medicaid managed care program. Review and revise regulations and issue compliance notices to health insurance plans regarding provision of care to Medicaid population|
Please list your educational background:
High School GPA:3.9
|Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
|3.2||Tulane Law School||Law|
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