Do you enjoy creating grassroots movements that engage a population to make a change in policy?
Have you worked with a state or federal campaign, and you’re looking to take that experience to affect change?
Do you have at least 3 years of experience working with a trade organization?
We are currently in search of a Director of Government Affairs for an Association. The position is based in Northern Chicagoland. This is a full-time, permanent position.
ORGANIZATION TYPE: Association
LOCATION: Northern Chicagoland
POSITION TITLE: Director of Government Affairs
DURATION: Full-Time, Permanent
SALARY: $80,000-$120,000 dependent upon experience
Is This Your Dream Job?
The Director of Government Affairs will be primarily responsible for developing and managing the association’s government relations and advocacy program. They will develop and implement lobbying strategies, including organizing grassroots advocacy efforts, the drafting of statements, letters and testimonies, and coordinating activities with other industry associations where appropriate. They also prepare internal and external reports on government initiatives, providing detailed summaries, recommended positions, and suggested advocacy strategies.
Our client is a member-driven, international association of trade professionals.
Benefits Include:Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
401k with employer match
Vacation, and Sick time
Our Ideal Candidate:
Will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, or a related field. required; (Graduate Degree preferred)
Will possess at least 3 years of experience in a trade association working in government affairs, public policy, or organizing. required
Will have experience working with Federal or State Government. required
Will have proven knowledge of grassroots organizing, and how to lobby the government to affect change. preferred
Must be highly organized, pays attention to details, and provides good follow-up.
Must demonstrated project management and oversight abilities.
Must possess the proven ability to simultaneously manage several complex projects
Ability to respond positively and creatively to new challenges and responsibilities as they arise
How You Will Spend Your Day:
Rebuild the association’s grassroots advocacy efforts by fostering membership involvement in the political process
Establish and maintain membership committees that are representative of the major demographic groups within the membership to guide the association’s advocacy and policy directions
Work closely with committees to identify legislative and regulatory issues of importance to membership and help to develop the association’s position on such issues and communicate with the membership on a regular basis on these issues
Develop agenda, as well as conduct meetings and/or conference calls with committees periodically and as needed.
Monitor federal legislation and regulations using an internet-based tracking program for purposes of identifying, analyzing and tracking issues of concern to the industry.
Grassroots activities: Responsible for engaging members in the political process by urging them to contact their elected officials and/or regulatory agencies on identified issues of concern using a software system designed to maximize such member participation
Coordinate efforts with association members to maximize grassroots support or opposition to an identified issue of concern
Periodically prepare comments, congressional correspondence, and other such official statements on behalf of industry
Develop, write and edit articles, and other legislative and regulatory related content for the monthly Legislative and Regulatory Update and other association publications, website, and direct communications to members
Work with aligned industry trade associations, government officials, industry and other stakeholders in advocating the association’s position.
We’d love to hear from you.
If this sounds like the job for you, we would love to help make that happen. Please submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of Government Affairs” in the subject line.
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