Director, State Gov. Affairs & External Partnerships || Harvard
Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup
(part-time, volunteer) Do you want to improve the world? Have you
ever wondered what it would be like to get in at the ground level
working at a world-changing organization just as they started
growing rapidly? Excited by the opportunity to power world-class
entrepreneurs and Changemakers as they work to positively impact
the lives of 100,000’s & 1,000,000’s for decades to come?
At Ignite Mental Health we're accelerating world-class mental
health entrepreneurs and mobilizing students at scale to catalyze
the scalable innovations and legislative changes needed to
transform the future of student mental health literacy and access.
Using this approach, we're working to make the impossible
inevitable; helping build and scale lasting legislative changes and
breakthrough organizations to be as impactful as Google and
Facebook that focus solely on equipping every student with a
standard measure of mental health literacy and access.
Become a member of a mission-driven founding team that grew
rapidly from the Harvard and MIT communities, with the support of
the Harvard Innovation Labs Venture Incubation Program, to become a
nationwide effort in just nine months! All of us at Ignite have
experienced first-hand, or through the experiences of loved ones
and friends, the pain caused by just how broken our approaches
towards mental health really are, so we're fixing it, on a national
scale and accelerated timeline. You will perch atop
a fast-growing organization working to catalyze national
and global change with the opportunity to learn, grow, and
hopefully thrive in our fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and
We are looking for a bold, boundary-pushing and resourceful
Director of State Government Affairs & External Partnerships who is
enthralled by the challenge and excited by the opportunity to
deliver state policy wins centered on reducing suffering and saving
lives for decades to come. Focusing primarily on K-12 mental health
education policy and access wait times (incl. minimum councilor
ratios), you will join a high-energy State Leadership Team working
to accelerate meaningful early intervention and preventative
If you're a creative changemaker, strong relationship builder
and resourceful leader with a drive to invest and volunteer your
time to transform the future of mental health in your state, this
might be the perfect opening.
We’re expanding our world-class team....... And this is where
you come in.
What you'll get to do Develop and execute government affairs
strategies for all state legislative activity and executive branch
directives of importance to our mental health literacy and access
Maintain a thorough understanding of legislative and regulatory
processes, and awareness of the political, legislative, and
regulatory landscape affecting policy goals.
Establish, develop and maintain strong relationships with
government officials, state policymakers in executive and
legislative branches, and their staff, community leaders,
advocacy groups, external organizations, and stakeholders to
achieve policy goals.
Identify and access existing influential networks,
and form new networks and coalitions that will accelerate
achievement of policy goals.
Develop and implement advocacy strategies on Ignite-specific
positions relative to key state policies.
Ignite is a fast-growing startup and we are seeking candidates
who will thrive in a role where duties and areas of responsibility
will evolve and change with organizational growth. Assigned duties
will evolve over time.
Must haves 7+ years experience with state government
(Legislature, Governor’s office, agency etc.), state
government affairs/policy or at a major trade association with
significant direct lobbying experience.
Expertise in political, legislative and regulatory matters at
the state level.
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with
members of the legislature, administration and other government and
Passionate, positive, self-starter who enjoys working in a
cross-functional and sometimes unstructured startup
Passionate about transforming mental health (but that's a
Significant knowledge of state legislative and regulatory
Bachelors degree required (advanced degree preferred).
Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation
Success in this role may involve volunteering 3 - 6 hours
per week, potentially on a rotating basis dependent on the
successful candidate's preferences. Based on these preferences we
may appoint two or more professionals as Co-Directors to facilitate
a division of responsibilities and time The successful candidate(s)
will have the opportunity to join the HQ team remotely or
in-person* during 9-5 EST hours, or outside of these hours, with an
array of integration and team interaction options available.
Ignite Mental Health currently operates as a world-class, and
uniquely high-skilled, volunteer run 501(c)(3) &
501(c)(4)-in-formation non-profit; efficiently coordinated by a
core Head Office team of exceptionally dedicated leaders,
collectively working to reduce suffering and save lives on a
national scale and accelerated timeline.
This position is non-compensated and volunteer in nature. For
candidates who are enrolled or work in a University or Sponsoring
Organization, we of course assist in the preparation of
documentation required to support applications for stipends,
non-profit work pay related programs, financial fellowships or
financial scholarships. While our incoming Capital Raising
Team will be working hard to establish partnerships to fund
stipends, salary and other renumeration, we are unfortunately
unable to commit to compensation of any form at this time.
Third-party websites may provide erroneously calculated salary
projections for positions. These estimates are not provided by
Ignite and are incorrect.
Location Our Director, State Gov. Affairs & External
Partnerships would be welcome to work remotely or in-person with
our Founder and key team members in the Boston area. In-person
options may be dependent on a range of COVID-19 health and safety
Ignite Mental Health is not a department of Harvard University,
nor are we in anyway owned or operated by the University. Ignite is
a nonprofit startup founded by Harvard students and alumni which is
incubated by and works (pre-covid) out of the Harvard Innovation
Labs VIP program. We ask that all communications are directed to
Ignite & not the Harvard Innovation Lab. This description is
intended to describe the general nature and level of work which may
be performed by persons assigned to this position. It is not
intended to include all duties, responsibilities or other
potentially relevant information which may change between the date
of this posting and potential interviews.
We're working to scale innovative solutions and legislative
changes —unafraid of transforming traditional approaches—that
tackle the root causes of some of the biggest problems affecting