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Government Affairs Director

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Kristine Shultz
Posting ID:
 lobbying   lobbyist   government   affairs   political   legislative   public   policy 
Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:California Chiropractic Association

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Governmental Affairs Director

The Sacramento-based California Chiropractic Association (CCA) seeks an experienced, highly organized and detail-oriented governmental affairs director to oversee all aspects of association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy activities. The association provides legislative advocacy, education, clinical and practice resources, and member-only benefits to member doctors of chiropractic and affiliated persons. This take-charge and creative professional will build upon an existing and conduct an effective, on-going membership growth and retention strategy. This is an opportunity for a self-starting, results-driven professional to benefit directly from his or her efforts.

Statement of Position: This full-time position will coordinate and implement legislative and regulatory advocacy strategies in both promoting and protecting chiropractic profession; Coordinate the fundraising, contribution strategy, legal and accounting aspects of the association’s political action committees; identify and interview candidates for state elective office; assist with increasing the visibility, participation and effectiveness of member involvement with state legislators at the local level; write articles and a weekly newsletter on legislative, regulatory and political issues impacting the chiropractic profession; serve as liaison to various committees overseeing legislative, regulatory and political activities of the association. Some travel is required. Reports directly to the executive director.

Position Responsibilities:

• Identify, analyze, make position recommendations and track California legislation and regulatory proposals, as well as ballot measures, impacting the chiropractic profession.
• Working with outside legislative advocacy firm, develop strategies and represent CCA before the state Legislature, governor’s office and state agencies the positions of the association.
• Working with CCA PAC Board of Trustees and outside legislative advocacy firm, develop and implement fund-raising efforts and state elective office candidate contribution and ballot initiative strategies; develop annual PAC budget; complete state-required PAC reporting; attend candidate fund-raising events. Maintain working knowledge of relevant campaign finance laws and rules.
• Serve as staff liaison to various CCA committees overseeing various legislative and regulatory issue areas.
• Serve as staff liaison to CCA legislative key contact program to recruit, train and keep informed doctors of chiropractic in maintaining close relations with state lawmakers.
• Cultivate and maintain relationships with state lawmakers and their staff, governor’s office, regulatory agencies and health care public policy stakeholder organizations. Coordinate development of issue-specific coalitions.
• Identify emerging policy and political trends, maintain on-going knowledge of health care-related research, to foresee and make relevant recommendations on related opportunities or threats to the chiropractic profession.
• Plan and arrange for speakers at annual CCA Legislative Conference.
• Serve as CCA spokesperson with the press on legislative, regulatory and political matters. Speak as needed on legislative, regulatory and election matters at local CCA district events.
• Write weekly newsletter and other articles reporting on CCA legislative and regulatory activities as well as political developments impacting CCA’s governmental affairs efforts.
• Develop fact sheets for use by members as needed on new laws and regulations.
• Regularly post to CCA Facebook and Twitter accounts information on health care issues of interest to the chiropractic profession.
• Report to the CCA Board of Directors on CCA’s legislative, regulatory and political activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and three years or more experience in California state politics or governmental public policy positions with a proven track record of effective advocacy and stakeholder relationship building.
• Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills – ability to formulate and articulate governmental affairs activities and positions clearly, succinctly and effectively.
• Strong organizational skills with ability to focus on detail.
• Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations relating to legislative advocacy.
• Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations relating to campaign finance and fund-raising.
• Strong interpersonal and collaborative decision-making skills.
• Strong computer skills, including MicroSoft Office, database software, social networking sites.
• Strong personal and professional integrity in representing before all audiences in any manner the association.
• Holder of a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

• Familiarity of health care public policy issues, laws and regulations desired.
• Experience as a registered lobbyist, state elected official or state agency public policy-related staff member.
• Existing relationships with state elected officials, governor’s office staff or health care-related state agency officials or other stakeholders.
• Experience in political campaigns and/or political fund-raising.
• Ability to manage issues in closely aligning CCA public policy positions with media and member messages

Compensation and benefits: Competitive salary DOE. Comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, chiropractic, dental, vision, life insurance. 401 (k) program. Paid vacation and sick leave.

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