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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileLegislative Affairs Director Duties: Assist the SVP of Government and Community Relations to develop a comprehensive plan for engaging the legislative branch in WWP legislative and policy priorities. Support SVP of Government and Community Relations to vet, foster, maintain, and improve relationships with federal and local lawmakers and their staffs to further WWP’s effectiveness and collective impact; and further inform key stakeholders of WWP’s programming, partnerships, legislative and policy work. Lead and develop the legislative affairs team, which may include coaching, mentoring and managing of teammates. Design and manage a process through which WWP can adopt policy positions, fostering buy-in from internal stakeholders. Support SVP of Government and Community Relations as subject matter expert on WWP legislative priorities and positions; provide recommendations regarding policy based on in-depth research and analysis. Execute Hill engagements, working groups, roundtables, and other meetings at the national and grassroots levels. For high priority policy initiatives, develop and execute strong, well-designed advocacy campaigns at the federal and state levels that are specifically tailored to the particular issue to maximize success. Campaigns may seek legislative/regulatory changes, cultural shifts within VA or other agencies, or guidance/policy shifts. Work closely with Government and Community Relations team, including Communications Director, Government and Community Relations to ensure that campaigns are properly coordinated among Project teams. Work closely with Director of Government and Community Relations to ensure coordinated and consistent articulation of Project’s brand and policy positions. Lead cross-organizational project management for advocacy initiatives. Ensure internal and external stakeholders, including WWP staff, are informed about initiatives. Forge relationships and strategic collaborations with external groups and influencers including government officials, lobbyists, fundraising professionals, and non-profit stakeholders. Effectively deploy and manage localized external resources to effectively represent Project advocacy priorities. Provide support to SVP of Government and Community Relations to ensure he/she is effectively positioned to advocate on Project priorities in external forums. Represent Project whenever necessary at key events, meetings, discussions, hearings, conferences, or on the Hill as directed by the SVP of Government and Community Relations. Other related duties and special projects as requested.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required; law or master’s degree preferred. 5 years of legislative, advocacy and policy experience required preferably in a government or non-profit setting. 2 years management experience preferred. Bar admission in any state preferred. Must be willing to register as a lobbyist for Project. Highly motivated, passionate and creative team player with demonstrated commitment to the organization’s mission and ability to communicate with diverse personalities in a tactful, mature and flexible manner. Demonstrated leadership experience with the ability to motivate, coach, and/or educate staff members while fostering a strong team mentality. Must possess advanced knowledge and understanding regarding policy, advocacy and legislative affairs. Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills, must be able to build personal relationships with VSO/MSO legislative affairs counterparts and with lawmakers and their staffs. Public speaking and community outreach experienced highly encouraged . Prior advocacy experience with a thorough understanding of issue faced by military and veteran’s population to include the military family required. Willingness to learn and/or enhance knowledge in relevant subject areas to better support the organization. Ability to effectively delegate, monitor workload, and analyze work processes and metrics. Demonstrated ability to remain flexible and work within a collaborative and team-oriented environment. Excellent organizational and time management skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and effectively handle multiple priorities within tight deadlines. Demonstrated proficiency Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Excellent verbal/written communication skills and highly effective interpersonal skills. Ability to build networks with diverse partners in pursuit of common goals. Ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and high-impact solutions. Ability to take initiative, display sound judgment, and effectively troubleshoot, problem-solve and prioritize.
Job ID: 11538