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Careers at the MDS

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a professional association dedicated to improving the oral health of the public and the professional development of its membership through initiatives in education, advocacy, and promotion of the highest professional standards. To accomplish these goals, the MDS engages in political advocacy, access to care, various communications—including publications, website, and social networking—and produces an annual dental conference in Boston. The MDS delivers continuing education onsite and throughout the Commonwealth. It also includes a Foundation focused on improving access to care for the underserved in Massachusetts.

Employee benefits include:

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Generous Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • 401(k) Profit-Sharing Plan
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations

We are seeking a Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations who will be responsible for driving, creating, and implementing the legislative strategies for the Massachusetts Dental Society with the objective of promoting the advocacy activities and to influence public policy at all levels of government. Tasked with educating MDS members on the important legislative and regulatory issues facing the profession, this is a highly visible position within the organization. If you are a team player capable of building strong relationships to execute plans, advocate and identify opportunities to improve the Society's public image, the MDS is the place for you. Please include a cover letter.

Responsibilities and Duties

Legislative/Regulatory Affairs:
  • Provide staff support to the Committee on Government Affairs.
  • Develop legislative strategies with the objective of promoting the advocacy activities of the Society and to influence public policy at all levels of government.
  • Represent the interests of MDS and its members when lobbying elected officials, government staff, and regulatory bodies.
  • Formulate and recommend policies related to legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Submit proposed legislation for each legislative session with approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare a position paper for each legislative issue that is of concern to the Society.
  • Investigate potential long-term issues and work with appropriate committees to draft appropriate responses to these issues.
  • Represent the Society at oral health advocacy coalition meetings.
  • Work with contract lobbyists to implement the Society’s legislative and governmental affairs strategies.
  • Ensure that all disclosures are filed in accordance with state law.
  • Oversee the maintenance and expansion of the grassroots network of dentists who establish relationships with local legislators and who can be alerted to contact these legislators about important issues.
  • Coordinate grassroots campaigns in association with lobbying efforts.
  • Educate MDS members on the important legislative and regulatory issues facing the profession.

Political Action Committee:
  • Oversee management of the MDS-PAC/MDS-People’s Committee.
  • Ensure that all campaign finance reports are filed in accordance with the law.
  • Ensure political contributions comply with the laws and regulations.
  • Collaborate with the MDS-PAC/MDS-People’s Committee on strategic planning initiatives.
  • Oversee the operations and processes of the MDS-PAC/MDS-People’s Committee.

Public Relations:

  • Oversee media activities and public relations strategies to build and improve the public image of the MDS and the profession of dentistry.
  • Create public relations strategies to increase awareness of policy issues and build public support for the MDS positions.
  • Develop strategies to increase public awareness of the importance of oral health and improve the public image of members dentists in their communities.
  • Manage relationships with public relations consultants.
  • Work with legal partners to protect all MDS intellectual property, brands, and trademarks.

Other duties:

  • Provide staff support, as directed by the Executive Director, to special task forces as created by the Board of Trustees.

Requirements of position:
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in government affairs; grassroots; lobbying; public relations.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Teams, Excel).
  • Proficiency in database software (Salesforce).

Communication Skills

  • Articulate in speech; communicates in a clear, fact-based and enthusiastic manner.
  • Writes clearly, concisely, and accurately when presenting findings in reports and correspondence.
  • Communicates detailed results effectively in public forums, including media and public policy environments.
  • Ability to motivate directors and staff to undertake actions that will improve the Society’s processes and performance.

Other Qualifications:
  • Availability to participate in evening and weekend meetings as required
  • Ability and willingness to travel by common air carrier to out-of-state meetings as required several times each year
  • Must be able to see to read documents on paper, on computer monitors, and/or on hand-held mobile devices
  • Must be able to hear the spoken word (either naturally or assisted) in person, by telephone, and/or by video conferencing
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to drive to out-of-state and in-state meetings as required