Director of Government Affairs
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Government Affairs Director
About: For over 65 years, the Central Washington Home Builders Association, a 501(c)(6), has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Washington. The CWHBA works with government, public, business, and community organizations in six counties – Yakima, Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan. It is an affiliate of the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
We’re not just home builders. Our membership includes a diverse range of builders and supporting businesses and industries who work together in developing communities for Central Washington – present and future.
The CWHBA, leadership and members alike, are dedicated every day to meeting the varied needs of our region’s communities. We remain dedicated to seeing responsible and ethical home building practices conducted with professionalism, honesty and integrity.
Summary: Directs and executes the Association’s government affairs programs within the scope of the Association’s objectives and communicates issues and concerns to members, government officials and the public on matters that affect the industry.
Accountability: Reports directly to the Executive Officer.
Specific Responsibilities: Develops and maintains effective lines of communication with local public officials regarding issues that impact the industry and the association.
Coordinates, promotes and participates in meetings held with government leaders and public officials to advance the objectives of the Association.
Provides primary staff support to the Government Affairs, Affordable Housing Council of Central Washington, and other groups as assigned by the Executive Officer. As the staff liaison, responsibilities include preparing minutes, writing correspondence, and drafting articles for the web site and member publications.
Responsible for filing weekly and monthly Public Disclosure Commission reports through the ORCA state database.
Monitors county, city, and state governments. Develops relationships with staff and key officials of local governmental units. Attends local government meetings when relevant. Analyzes agendas and minutes of local governmental units. Informs Association leadership and government affairs committee on a regular basis.
Monitors local publications and web sites, regarding activities that may potentially impact private property rights and growth. Advises leadership, staff and committees of those activities and provides suggestions for a response.
Establishes and maintains relationships with other organizations and associations, such as chambers, Realtors association, regional groups, to facilitate exchange of information and open channels of communication.
Obtains proposed legislation and regulations for submission to committee for analysis and recommendations.
Obtains relevant information on state and national issues and distributes to the committee and membership and prepares information for member communications.
Maintains information files on issues, and disseminates information to members as necessary through association web site and member publications, direct contact, etc.
Coordinates political fundraising events and promotes member giving to the local Affordable Housing Council of the Central Washington Home Builders Association.
Act as a liaison to BIAW Government Affairs Department, coordinating with members to assist with state legislative activities (including, but not limited to: annual Hill Day, Legislative Session weekly calls, various grassroots “Calls to Action”, and three state meetings).
Attend BIAW and NAHB meetings, as directed.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field and two years of professional level public policy experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
Qualifications: The job of Government Affairs Director is analytical and action-oriented, requiring the following skills:
- Interpersonal skills to work with a wide variety of people each day, build relationships, and network
- Strong communication skills, especially persuasion, to clearly convey member concerns/issues to elected officials and key local government staff
- Excellent research synthesis skills
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Ability to work independently and effectively
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Maneuvering successfully, which may include sitting/standing/walking/riding for extended periods in all weather conditions
2. Safely maneuvering residential construction sites per OSHA guidelines
3. Extensive typing/data entry
4. Periodic lifting/carrying/transporting of materials in excess of 40 lbs.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Estimated percentages of the manner in which the job would be performed are as follows but actual performance may require significant variance: General Office – 50% Off-Site/Local Travel – 50%
COMPENSATION: Starting salary DOE. Health insurance employee coverage 100%, IRA Simple Plan retirement, paid time off (PTO), and paid Holidays.
CONTACT: Please submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Chelsea Snodgrass, CWHBA Executive Officer. https://cwhba.org/current-openings/
CWHBA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Job posted: 2021-11-03