Director of Government Relations and Grassroots Advocacy

Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association - Tempe, AZ (30+ days ago)


To assist the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in defining, developing and implementing programs related to grassroots advocacy, political engagement and government relations activities at the state legislature for GCSECA. The director will work in close collaboration with the CEO to develop and implement legislative and grassroots advocacy strategies, maintain accurate and timely information, and maintain relationships with GCSECA member system advocacy leaders.

Responsibilities

Government Relations

  • Define, develop and implement strategies, plans and tactics designed to positively influence legislative and agency rulemaking outcomes that may impact the GCSECA membership.
  • Develop and cultivate important relationships with state government officials, policy and decision-makers, and other influencers that can carry broad impact to the GCSECA.
  • Accurately assess both technical and public policy issues.
  • Take leadership positions in relevant trade and general business associations. Where appropriate, work with other organizations to build coalitions on matters of mutual interest.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on state public policy matters.
  • Comply with all laws, regulations and policies that govern the conduct of lobbyists and lobbying activities at the state and federal levels.

Grassroots Advocacy

  • Primary contact for the GCSECA and member system advocacy leaders.
  • Develop and implement grassroots engagement programs and campaigns.
  • Manage information flow to electric cooperative advocacy leaders and track responses to calls to action.
  • Working with member advocacy leaders, design and implement effective grassroots progams at the local member co-op level.
  • Responsible for ensuring grassroots advocacy campaigns are correctly conveyed in communications, publications, GCSECA website, and with GCSECA members.
  • Attend GCSECA member annual meetings, and other meetings as directed.

Political Affairs

  • Promote membership and participation in the AzACRE and NRECA ACRE Political Action Committees (PACs)
  • Analyze elections and races of interest
  • Advise the ACRE Committee on political advocacy efforts
  • Develop and implement the political engagement strategy fo rhte organization

Perform such other duties as may be directed and required by the position.

Competencies/Experience/Qualifications (all are required unless stated as “preferred”)

  • Bachelor's degree required (public policy, political science, law, business, marketing, public relations, or related disciplines preferred; or equivalent experience).
  • 5 years’ Experience in legislative process, political campaigns, lobbying state legislative and agency decision-makers, and grassroots advocacy.
  • Knowledge of state government legislative processes and approaches for influencing legislative and rulemaking outcomes.
  • Demonstrate research and analytical skills.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to organize and perform work under tight deadlines and time-related pressures.
  • Strong computer and Microsoft Office software skills.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the applications and uses of social media.
  • Possess both leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Proven track record for consistently meeting or exceeding expectations, goals and objectives in past positions
  • Regular business travel by air or automobile.
  • Moderate lifting.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • legislative process: 5 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)