Posted: Jan 5, 2023

Government Relations Coordinator

State of Minnesota - Saint Paul, MN
Salary: $52,722.00 - $77,298.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2023
Business & Information

The purpose of this position is to serve as the Government Relations Coordinator for Explore Minnesota Tourism. This role provides agency-wide leadership, coordination and support in legislative relations and policy, budget, and capital budget development.  This role develops and leads the agency in legislative education and provides resources to staff and industry stakeholders on legislative processes. This position bridges multiple agency department, works across all executive branch and legislative channels, and plays a significant role in public policy issues statewide.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with Explore Minnesota leadership, the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor and across the Enterprise on legislative and political developments
  • Providing day-to-day support of EMT’s policy, budget, and capital budget proposal development processes; coordinating with EMT’s Administrative and Marketing, Destination Development and Operations/Support Services units to integrate data into policymaking
  • Advocating for EMT proposals under consideration by the Office of the Governor and the Lt. Governor; representing agency proposals and policy positions in legislative committees, meetings, and other forums;
  • Managing relationships with legislative and congressional stakeholders; analyzing and evaluating legislation, policy proposals, and political developments for impact on EMT programs;
  • Monitoring and advising on the implementation of legislation by EMT.


Minimum Qualifications

To receive credit for your education and experience, your resume should clearly describe how you meet each minimum and/or preferred qualification listed, including dates of employment.

Two (2) years* professional work experience performing work on legislative policy matters.

*Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, social work, public administration or other closely related field as determined by the agency may substitute for one (1) year of experience; master’s degree substitutes for eighteen (18) months of experience; PhD or J.D. substitutes for twenty-four (24) months of experience.

Experience working with the Minnesota Legislature.

Experience working with statewide interest groups and non-governmental organizations.

Applicants that meet the above minimum qualification will be further evaluated on the following:

  • Experience with project planning and management.
  • Experience evaluating, organizing, and presenting information to diverse groups and committees.
  • Ability to communicate and share information about key Explore Minnesota programs with stakeholders of various knowledge levels.
  • Incumbent must maintain a valid driver's license, & insurance, OR have other reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to write large-scale budget and policy proposals.

Experience writing draft legislation.

Experience working with Senate and House lawmakers and their staff.

Experience communicating with federal legislative offices and monitoring federal legislation with the potential to impact MN.

Organizational skills to manage workload, competing priorities and still meet strict deadlines.

Knowledge of the State's government affairs, budgeting and legislative processes.

Experience in working at or with Minnesota state Senators and Representatives, the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor and/or other areas of the state legislature.

Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you. Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance and education. It includes contact with the applicant's current and/or former employers.

A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).


Application Details

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Tim High at [email protected]

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Tim High at [email protected].


Why Work for Us

When you bring your career to the State of Minnesota, the work you do affects the quality of life of millions of Minnesotans. From those who shape policy, to those who keep us safe, preserve our environment, or take care of our most vulnerable populations, we take our responsibilities to the public seriously. We need diverse and talented individuals – like you – to serve our great state and build a better Minnesota.

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected] and indicate what assistance is needed.