Government Relations Director

POSITION TITLE: GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR

SALARY RANGE:                $42,000-$46,341

REPORTING TO:                EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

THE OPPORTUNITY  

The Government Relations Director will be primarily responsible to coordinate the lobbying efforts of the Association and keep abreast of education issues at the local, state, and national levels. The Government Relations Director will promote, lead, and support awareness of and participation in legislative processes and issues among members, governance, and staff.

LOCATION:                         Headquarters: Jackson, Mississippi

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

The successful candidate for the position will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Must support MAE policy and positions in all communications;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and public speaking;
  • Experience designing and providing training to adults;
  • Demonstrated ability to use Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office applications, including the ability to efficiently use the internet for research;
  • Demonstrate ability to use computerized communications and various social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
  • Ability to work from MAE headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Willingness to work long, unusual hours over extended periods and weekends, particularly during but not limited to legislative sessions;
  • Demonstrated success in organizing, successfully relating to, and offering appropriate support for all classifications of association;
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing long- range planning and short term strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within the organization, showing an understanding of association goals, sensitivity to organizational culture and a willingness to learn new skills and to participate in a team;
  • Strong professional and personal characteristics including dependability, flexibility, solid work ethic, ability to plan and manage one’s time effectively and ability to work well with diverse individuals and interests.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

The successful candidate for the position will clearly possess the following qualifications and skills:

    • Bachelor’s degree required, with a degree in political science, government or a related field preferred;
    • At least three (3) years’ experience as a registered lobbyist or similar experience in a position directly supporting legislators in developing policy, drafting bills, and legislative committee;
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, staff colleagues, members, MAE management, and officers;
    • Ability to have confidential conversations with staff and management regarding MAE policy and legislative positions;
    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including tact and political acumen to effectively represent the institution;
    • Ability to work and excel in a team environment;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of basic concepts and principles of building and maintaining effective relations with a variety of key constituencies;
    • Experience effectively communicating in person, on phone and in writing to diverse population including government VIPs, industry representatives, academics, educators, and staff, etc.;
    • Ability to ensure that appropriate standards of courtesy and service are maintained;
    • Proven organizational skills including skill to meet prescribed deadlines and event planning skills;
    • High degree of tact, diplomacy, judgment, and sensitivity. Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters;
    • Lead effort to grow organization’s PAC;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Government Relations Director will have line responsibility for the following:

    1. Lobby the Mississippi legislature year-round;
    2. Timely and accurately communicate MAE’s position on policy and legislation to elected officials, members, staff, and appropriate third parties;
    3. Coordinate the activities of other MAE lobbyists;
    4. Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the legislative issues and relationships that are important to MAE at the local, state, and national levels;
    5. Coordinate the planning, development, and appropriate distribution of legislative information to members, staff, elected officials, and management;
    6. Frequently and intensively use technology to communicate with members via Facebook, Twitter, mass email, ;
    7. Draft communications to members, governance, and staff;
    8. Develop and maintain a working knowledge of IMS, Catalist, VAN or other information databases that may be valuable to the legislative work of the organization;
    9. Coordinate with field staff to encourage and support member local legislative contacts;
    10. Serve as staff liaison to the Government Relations Committee and other assigned committees and work teams within the program area;
    11. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with other MAE staff, NEA staff, legislators and legislative staff, MAE management, and officers;
    12. Serve as MAE’s legislative liaison to NEA on federal issues;
    13. Maintain efficient office operations, including timely submission of required reports, maintaining necessary files, records, and program publications;
    14. Serve as MAE’s liaison to various education boards, commissions, and committees including, but not limited to the Mississippi Board of Education, IHL Board, etc.
    15. Coordinate the development and implementation of legislative training programs for staff, members and potential members and local leaders.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 An application package consisting of a resume, three references, and an optional cover letter with a description of how you meet the competencies, skills, and responsibilities critical to success that are addressed in this announcement.

Applications should be submitted electronically to fwilliams@maetoday.org

No phone calls, please.

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Consistent with the MAE Affirmative Action Plan, minority, female and physically challenged applicants are encouraged to apply.