Advocacy Specialist

22 Jan, 2020

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Advocacy Specialist

National Association of Surety Bond Producers
Bethesda, MD
About NASBP

Founded in 1942, the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) is a national trade association whose membership includes agencies employing surety bond producers, surety companies, reinsurers, and construction-oriented CPA firms.

NASBP offers a warm and collegial staff environment where each staff member is a key contributor to the successful operation of the Association and is supportive of the roles and responsibilities of other colleagues. Located in  Bethesda, MD, NASBP’s office is easily accessible to the Bethesda Metro station and ample public parking is nearby.  NASBP’s excellent employee benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage with employee/dependent subsidy and 401k with strong company match.  For more information, visit nasbp.org.

The Opportunity

NASBP seeks a capable Advocacy Specialist who will report to the Director, Government Relations and work closely with other staff who influence external communications, including the Director, Communications, the General Counsel and at times, the CEO.  The successful candidate will be an independent decision maker, capable of exercising sound policy decisions in a high-demand environment. Candidate must also be energetic, flexible, and a knowledgeable government relations professional with exceptional communication, analytical, strategic thinking, project management and coalition building skills.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for analyzing and advocating state legislative bills and regulations impacting surety profession;
  • Tracking state legislation through legislative seasons using legislative/regulatory tracking database software;
  • Authoring  bimonthly newsletter (Focal Point) focused on state legislative and regulatory activity and other NASBP publications as assigned;
  • Maintaining Association’s PAC which include FEC filings, candidate disbursements and member contributions;
  • Advocating Association positions at various meetings and speaking events when needed;
  • Establishing professional relationships with external state legislative groups such as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL), the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the Council of State Governments (CSG);
  • Establishing, maintaining and fostering working relationships with allied organizations and state stakeholder organizations, such as those representing subcontractors, suppliers, and contractors;
  • Establishing, and maintaining relationships with federal and state agencies to promote bonding education programs;
  • Staffing  NASBP Committee(s) including the Small & Emerging Business and the International Committees;
  • Forecasting state legislative agenda for the upcoming year and communicate those proposals to the membership through the NASBP Government Relations Agenda;
  • Responding to various state-related issue inquiries from NASBP members;
  • Preparing comment letters concerning proposed state legislation and regulations impacting the surety industry;
  • Attending and reporting on activities concerning local programs for small and emerging contractors  to Director and the Small & Emerging Business Committee
  • Monitoring federal legislative hearings, when needed, and report findings to the Director;
  • Assisting the Director with annual legislative fly-in;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree, concentration or background in government or related field and/or knowledge of surety and construction industries are a plus.
  • Previous experience analyzing and reporting on state and federal legislative and regulatory issues for a national trade association strongly preferred.
  • Polished demeanor with strong oral and written communications skills required.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and work as a team is essential.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and with legislative tracking software are a must.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to hr@nasbp.org, subject line “Advocacy Specialist.”

About National Association of Surety Bond Producers
As the largest employer in the U.S, the construction industry plays an important role in stimulating our nation’s economy. You can be a part of that effort by joining the staff of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP), a national trade association in Washington, DC that represents surety bond producers who specialize in surety bonding, issuing bid, performance, and payment bonds for the nation’s construction projects and for other commercial purposes. By helping bond producers and the surety industry, you will be helping contractors who qualify for surety credit to receive the bonds they need to build.

 

Job posted: 2020-01-22