MGRC Job Board

Hennepin County

Lobbyist - Health and Human Services


Applications must be submitted on Hennepin County's career page prior to the application deadline to be considered.
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Hennepin County Intergovernmental Relations is seeking an experienced professional to act as a Lobbyist in the areas of Health and Human Services for Hennepin County. This position will represent the county to legislators, their staff and state agencies, as well as provide direct advocacy strategy and tactical planning for successful adoption of the county's health and human services initiatives.
Location and hours:
This position is located at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487. Work hours will typically be Monday through Friday during core business hours, with the ability to work after hours during the legislative session as needed.
About the position type:
This position is a full-time, benefit earning position. 
In this position, you will: 
  • Lobby on behalf of Hennepin County's Health and Human Services needs. 
  • Lead the development of the Health and Human Services sections of the annual state and federal legislative platforms for the county. 
  • Use a team-based approach with Intergovernmental Relations and Health and Human Services staff to provide information to legislators, legislative committees, and state agencies. 
  • Prepare issues for drafting into bills and work to pass legislation of importance to Hennepin County, and work to defeat legislation that has a detrimental impact on the county. 
  • Work collaboratively with other county departments, county lobbyists, and provider advocacy groups including, the Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of County Social Services Administrators, and the Minnesota Council of Health Plans.
Need to have:   
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in business, liberal arts, public administration or related field and four or more years of experience involving the analysis of major administrative programs or legislation, two of which must have been within or on behalf of a public sector governmental entity.
Nice to have:  
  • Experience:
    • Lobbying (defined as having been registered to lobby by a regulatory authority, compensated financially for influencing government policy or legislative action, or authorized to represent a public or private interest before a governmental agency to advance a policy objective).
    • With health and human services policies.
    • Working with coalitions on legislative and policy issues.
    • As a leader in a lobbying, legislative or policy advocacy setting.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Applicable laws and regulations.
    • Legislative process and protocols.
    • Health and human services issues, including health insurance.
  • Ability to:
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of employees, other stakeholders, state and federal legislators, and local and state elected or appointed government officials.
    • Lead work groups and teams to achieve favorable results.
    • Prepare background and analysis of health and human services issues.
  • Access to reliable transportation to travel within the Twin Cities and occasionally throughout Minnesota.
  • Effective written and verbal communication; ability to express complex and technical ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Strong computer skills.
About the department:
Intergovernmental Relations coordinates the development of the county's legislative proposals and actively pursues the legislative platform approved by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.  IGR coordinates the county's lobbying activities with federal, state and municipal governments.
About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
This position is internally classified as an Intergovernmental Coordinator.
Click here to view the job classification specification.   
Note: You must include a cover letter and resume as part of your application materials to be considered for this position.   Candidates invited to the in-person interview will be given a research topic and asked to complete a presentation during the interview process designed to simulate testimony during a legislative committee.

The first round of interviews will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Final interviews will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 and Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. The candidate selected for hire will be required to complete a background check.


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