Director of Government Affairs

19 Jun, 2022

Jobs

Director of Government Affairs

West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ)
Charleston, WV

Overview 
The West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ) is a voluntary bar association for attorneys licensed to practice in West Virginia and paralegals.  WVAJ and its members are committed to protecting access to our state and federal courts, our civil justice system and our 7th Amendment right to jury trial.

Founded in 1959, WVAJ represents nearly 500 attorneys practicing in West Virginia and surrounding states.  Every day WVAJ members seek justice in our courts for those who have been harmed physically and financially by the conduct and negligence of others.  Our work has established safer workplaces, employee rights, safer products, better healthcare, consumer protection law, property owners’ rights, a cleaner environment and increased corporate responsibility.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Tracking and influencing the content and outcome of all actions that would have an impact the practice of plaintiff’s law taken by the state legislature, and to lesser degree the executive branch of the state government.
  • Drafting and tracking legislation and amendments.
  • Working with other organizations to achieve legislative goals.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with all members of the legislature, the legislative staff and the lobbying community to achieve the above stated goals.
  • Working with the Governor’s office and state agencies to request support for, opposition of, and signature or vetoes of any bills that affect the Association
  • Keeping the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors and other WVAJ members up to date on legislation and other activities at the legislature and executive branch of government.
  • Instructing and managing WVAJ members who volunteer to work at the state capitol.
  • Travel required

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate is preferred.
  • Prior legislative staff role preferred, but not required.
  • Five+ years of prior lobbying and advocacy experience preferred, but not required.
  • Thorough knowledge of legislative process and procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively in a bipartisan political climate.
  • The ability to have flexible working hours especially during legislative sessions.
  • The ability to manage multiple issues and deadlines.
  • Experience with building and maintaining coalitions of partner organizations.
  • Capacity to work cooperatively and courteously with others.
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner.
  • Ability to provide organization, supervisory, leadership and motivation to legislative staff, contractors, and volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of office computer applications.

Compensation
Salary and bonus structure commensurate with experience. We offer health and dental insurance and an optional retirement plan.

Application
To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and additional information you wish to include to bethwhite@wvaj.org.

Job posted: 2022-06-19