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Public Policy Director

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Sr. Vice President for Public Policy, the Policy Director will manage state government relations functions of the Chamber and, in consultation with Chamber members and lobbyists, will help develop and execute a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances the Chamber’s mission and goals with local, regional, state, and federal elected officials. The Policy Director will work with a team of public policy and government relations professionals to conduct the policy programming and advocacy work of the Chamber.
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Develops and maintains relationships and communications with chamber members, community partners, constituency groups, lobbyists, local, state and federal agencies to prepare or assist in preparation of annual chamber public policy agenda and advocacy strategies.
  2. Develops and maintains relationships and communications with members of the Kansas and Missouri legislatures and Kansas and Missouri congressional delegations to communicate and advocate for Chamber policy concerns and positions.
  3. Works with regional, state and national partners to develop and execute collaborative advocacy strategies.
  4. Monitors legislation and policy activities, updates and advises Chamber leadership and staff about relevant policy proposals and actions, and works with Chamber staff to analyze potential impacts on Chamber members. Communicates with the Chamber community to inform them of relevant government issues.
  5. Coordinates government relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders, including Chamber policy committees, government officials and government relations staff from other agencies and industry. Engages constituents inside and outside the Chamber in support of the Chamber’s government relations agenda.
  6. Develops a wide range of materials in support of the Chamber’s government relations agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  7. Plans and implements events and other activities to support the Chamber’s government relations goals, such as town halls, news conferences, legislative events, community visits, hearings and meetings.
  8. Administers and coordinates complex requests and interactions with local government officials, legislators, legislative staff, other local and state officials, staff of the Missouri and Kansas congressional delegations, local, state and federal agency staff and other government officials/staff.
  9. Participates in the development of local, state and federal policy agendas and recommendations with the guidance and counsel of Chamber policy committees, lobbyists, constituents and leadership. 
  10. Participates in development of advocacy materials in support of the KC Chamber’s government relations and public policy activities.
  11. Provides bill tracking and analysis, committee hearing tracking and regular communication with department leadership and relevant policy groups regarding the status of Chamber legislative priorities and key policy measures.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Demonstrated Skills:
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs.
  • Communicating effectively with all levels of management, boards of directors, and staff as well as external individuals and groups.
  • Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents.
  • Legislative advocacy, negotiation and persuasion.
  • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums.
  • Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets.
  • Planning and organization.
  • Managing and coordinating special projects.
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives.
  • Attention to detail and strong follow-through.
  • Critical and strategic thinking and problem solving.
  • Event planning and management.
  • Working independently, as well as with teams.
  • Working with people from diverse professional, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities.
 
Desired Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of state and federal government organization and legislative processes, including budget and appropriations processes.
  • Knowledge of bill enactment process and bill tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of state and federal government issues related to commerce, taxation, infrastructure and education.
  • Ability to research and analyze legislative best practices, and the status of pending legislation and enacted legislation.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
 
Experience:
A minimum of five years’ experience working on policy and legislative matters at the state, federal or local government levels.
 
Apply:
Interested candidates should send their resumes and a note of inquiry to Cathy Bennett at bennett@kcchamber.com and should type Public Policy Director Resume in the subject line.