Benefits and Work Environment:
•Competitive salary based on experience
•401k plan with employer matching
•Health care plan including dental and vision coverage
•Life insurance, disability insurance
•Generous paid holiday and vacation schedule
•Complimentary garage parking
•Complimentary building gym membership
•Option to work from home for multiple days per week
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is seeking an experienced individual to lead its Government Affairs program.
The successful candidate will have experience in state/local affairs and government relations; a firm understanding of the policy process and ways to create and impact policy at all levels of government; ability to professionally interact with senior-level corporate and government executives; knowledge of Northern Virginia and Greater Washington business issues; well cultivated contacts within government; outstanding written, oral and presentation skills; excellent organizational skills to plan, manage and execute policy and grassroots projects; experience in planning public events; ability to manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment; strong creative and critical thinking ability; problem-solving skills; and be a motivated, self starter.
Duties & Responsibilities
Serve as the Chamber’s direct legislative liaison and lobbyist before the Virginia General Assembly, executive branch, and state entities/agencies, local governments, and regional organizations.
Develop legislative coalitions with organizations and individuals throughout Virginia and the Greater Washington region on a variety of subjects and issues.
Work collaboratively and manage relationships with aligned organizations and coalitions to advance collective goals.
Staff and manage the Chamber’s Policy Committee.
Produce the Chamber’s annual Legislative Agenda.
Maintain excellent relations with the region’s corporate/business leaders and government relations staffs; provide advice and recommendations for action.
Maintain excellent rapport with members of the state and local political and business media.
Develop content for the Chamber’s twice monthly advocacy newsletter, The Chamber Bulletin.
Conduct weekly phone or zoom briefings with members during the annual General Assembly session.
Develop written weekly summaries for posting on the Chamber website.
Staff and manage activities of the Chamber’s affiliated Political Action Committee (NOVABIZPAC).
Oversee the operations of the NOVABIZPAC to ensure compliance with applicable state law.
Direct contributions to state and local candidates based on PAC decisions.
Organize meetings with candidates for office during and prior to election years.
Provide assistance to the Chamber’s membership department in recruiting and retaining Chamber members.
Provide support to the Chamber’s public affairs effort.
Coordinate the Chamber’s statewide candidate debate, policy-focused events, and other programming throughout the year in collaboration with events and membership staff.
Identify, recruit and prepare speaker rosters/panels/keynotes as appropriate to Chamber policy-oriented events
Prepare moderator scripts/advance questions and other remarks as appropriate.
Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government, communications or equivalent degree, and a minimum of 5 years related experience.
Outstanding writing, proofreading, and editing skills.
Experience managing multiple projects, deadlines, and priorities.
Experience succeeding in a fast-paced, interactive, team-based atmosphere.
Ability to work independently and with little oversight and deliver on recurring deadlines.
Must be willing to travel, as needed, across the Commonwealth.
Must be willing to operate from Richmond Monday-Friday during the annual General Assembly session.
To apply, please send a resume, salary requirements and cover letter with the subject title “Government Relations Professional” to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
The Northern Virginia Chamber is a small-staff nonprofit organization consisting of 9 full-time staff serving the diverse business community of Northern Virginia with over 15,000 local business leaders actively participating in the events and activities of the chamber over the course of a year. We are the largest Chamber in the region by both annual revenue and number of corporate members. We are a regional chamber with significant member segments in technology, government contractors, nonprofit organizations, banking, and professional services across Northern Virginia.