Director of Government Affairs
This position exists to serve as the principal staff for government affairs in Maryland.
The Director of Government Affairs directs and manages governmental affairs efforts in the state of Maryland.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Oversee the development of public policy priorities at the state level in collaboration with other relevant chapter staff and the national public policy office.
- Develop the strategy - and oversee all efforts and activities - to achieve the state-level public policy priorities, including working with the state legislature and state agencies, including the public health department, as appropriate.
- The primary role would be to serve as the Association’s chief professional lobbyist and face of the Association in Annapolis by developing relationships with state legislators and other relevant government officials and by lobbying for the state policy priorities.
- Secondary responsibilities would also include, serving as the Association's chief professional lobbyist in the District of Columbia, as needed.
- Monitor committee meetings and legislative action during the state legislative session as well as between sessions.
- Build, develop, and work with, where appropriate, alliances with similar organizations, coalitions, committees, task forces, etc. in order to advance issues of importance to the Association at the state level.
- Represent the chapter at public forums, conferences, state task forces, government agencies, etc. on state public policy issues as needed.
- Provide a periodic update of state legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to Alzheimer’s to Association staff in the state, chapter boards, Alzheimer’s Champions, and other advocates.
- Assist advocacy staff as needed in state-level advocacy activities, including office visits correspondence, and other activities by Alzheimer’s Champions and other advocates, primarily by identifying opportunities for grassroots involvement on state issues.
- Assist advocacy staff in the planning and implementation of Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the state capitol.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Programs to ensure state legislators, legislative staff, and other state government officials have an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and are aware of the programs and services the Association provides to meet the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and their caregivers.
- Assist and collaborate with the Director of Communications to coordinate media outreach that promotes the Association’s state policy priorities, including through press releases and other earned media events, and through the use of social media.
- Track and report activities to ensure compliance with federal and state lobbying laws.
- All other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Candidates for this position should:
- Understand, be familiar with, and have experience in the legislative, regulatory, and budget process.
- Be familiar with senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues. An understanding of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia and basic understanding of public health a plus.
- Have strong negotiation skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Be detail oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Be a proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
- Be proficient in the use of personal computers and Microsoft software applications.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- At least 5 to 7 years experience in state-level government affairs or with a state legislature, preferably in Maryland or the District of Columbia at the local government level.
- Have current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators.
- Ability/willingness to travel frequently across the state, including some evenings and weekends.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving.
- Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by the Executive Director. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.
Job Reference #: 3381