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Job Title: Director, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
Department: Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy
Reports To: Vice President, Infrastructure, Legal and Human Resources Policy
FLSA Status: Exempt/Senior Professional
Prepared Date: 2020
SUMMARY Works with a network of member companies, government agencies, Congress, industry coalitions and allied organizations in facilitating the NAM policy agenda. Specifically manages and coordinates internal committees and members to develop and advance the association’s positions and policies on transportation and infrastructure. The director’s roles and responsibilities are diverse beyond one policy issue set and to also potentially include elements of innovation and/or health care policy. Supports association and industry positioning by leading efforts to include senior association leaders, members and some allied organizations. Manages relationships internally and externally, coordinates with internal communications, field and public affairs staff and supports the association’s agenda in public forums, coalitions and other speaking engagements. This team has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response efforts since February and undertaken non-traditional roles to support manufacturers. Team members are expected to manage normal duties along side public health crisis duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Develop and implement lobbying strategies to advance the NAM’s agenda. Monitor and analyze legislative, executive and judicial branch activities. Perform lobbying functions, including but not limited to, the following: drafting issue briefs, white papers, regulatory comments and lobbying points on important issues to the department; draft letters to members of Congress, administration officials as well as prepare congressional testimony promoting NAM positions; organize joint lobbying visits and maintain relationships with congressional and agency staff; work with coalitions, other trade associations and allies to broaden and enhance the NAM's message. Maintain high visibility on Capitol Hill and before the administration on priority issues. While leading areas to be lobbied include transportation funding and broad infrastructure improvements, lending leadership and support to innovation and technology policy efforts along with health care policy, specifically health care issues that impact employers, are additional expectations of the position.
Write and edit regular communications to committee members, coalition members, and staff on important legislative, executive branch and internal department activities.
Manage relationships and communicate regularly with policy committees, task forces and individual members on key issues. Support the field and other staff in membership activities.
Plan and coordinate the work of NAM engagement on transportation and infrastructure to include some coalition-oriented efforts. Develop strategic objectives and benchmarks, manage external assets, and participate in recruitment and outreach to advance policy goals and objectives.
Plan and coordinate events, briefings, committee and task force meetings, coalition activities and meetings on key issues and projects.
Insure that NAM policy is current, relevant and can respond to legislative and/or regulatory events.
Ability to handle pressure in a deadline driven environment
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, although incumbent will have shared access to administrative support.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; and a minimum of four years related congressional, executive branch and/or trade association experience; strong knowledge of policy and legislative issues, including process and procedures.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to quickly write reports, memos, business correspondence, regulatory comments, and Congressional testimony. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Members of Congress and staff; administration officials, NAM members, the press and general public.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form. Using a methodical, logical approach, persuade Congress and/or administration officials of the benefits of supporting the NAM's positions.
About National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. By joining the NAM, you become part of a spirited and dynamic team that is driven to succeed. We recognize and reward our staff with competitive pay and annual performance-based bonus programs. We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, SmarTrip, and a 401(k) Salary Deferral plan with employer match and contributions, and ample vacation and sick leave. Become part of a fast-paced team passionate about keeping the United States the world leader in manufacturing.