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Legislative Director - Natural Resources Committee

Department: Government Relations
Location: Washington, DC

The National Governors Association is a nonpartisan organization of the nationís governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism. 

The Legislative Director, Natural Resources Committee serves as a key lobbyist for NGA with the U.S. Congress covering policy positions regarding issues related to agriculture, energy, water, the environment and natural resources. Collaborates extensively with the Director, Advocacy and the NGA Solutions on legislative activities and priorities related to NGA and its members.  This position will require significant time and have direct interaction with congressional offices and the Administration.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

Track and monitor legislation and regulations on issues that are of importance to states including, but not limited to, agriculture, energy, water, the environment and natural resources programs. Specific duties include:

  • Analyze issues and their impact on states;
  • Manage daily committee operations and help build gubernatorial consensus on matters under the committee's jurisdiction in order to guide federal advocacy efforts;
  • Effectively communicate governors' legislative and regulatory priorities to Congress and federal agencies;
  • Develop legislative strategy on key policy priorities;
  • Collaborate with governors' Washington, DC office representatives, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to maximize NGA's federal lobbying activities;
  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states;
  • Provide strategic guidance on regulatory and legislative issues to Washington Reps;
  • Partner with Congressional staff to ensure Governors are invited to testify on important political issues;
  • Assist Director, Advocacy with developing lobbying strategies among various NGA departments and represent NGAís governmental membership before members of Congress and their staff;
  • Cultivate bipartisan consensus among governors, their staff, and other key stakeholders;
  • Develop and oversee business meetings for governors twice annually to allow solution exchange on national issues;
  • Prepare issue briefings, memos, draft policy statements, and other advocacy materials; and
  • Correlate with the Director, Advocacy on specific portfolio strategies;
  • Advance NGAís policy agenda via extensive contact with the U.S. Congress and the Administration;
  • Advise committee leadership on legislative landscape and regulatory activity;
  • Enhance the effectiveness of NGAís lobbying efforts by maintaining high visibility on Capitol Hill, developing and maintaining relationships, and gathering information and legislative intelligence;

 Required Skills 

  • Work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time
  • Exceptionally savvy and solid knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process
  • An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Identify emerging public policy issues
  • Collaborate and work in a team environment

 Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelorís degree plus substantive capacity in the issue areas listed above;
  • 8-10 years of lobbying or representation at the federal level with strong experience in issues regarding natural resources programs required;
  • Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred (3-5 years) or familiarity and experience with the federal legislative process;
  • At least five years of experience working in a governorsí office and at least 2-3 years working in an advocacy role outside governorsí office;
  • Experience managing complex internal and external relationships; and
  • High emotional intelligence to read cues from governorsí offices in order to build consensus and take action on issues that are often divisive

Physical/Sensory Demands

  • Fast paced work environment
  • Extensive computer usage; and
  • Travel up to 20%

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

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