Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

24 Apr, 2022

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Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Albany, NY

Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

The Northeastern Retail Lumber Association which represents 1,100 independent retail lumber and associated companies throughout from Maine to Washington DC is seeking a highly energetic, organized individual to manage legislative programs for 7 states and grow its state and federal legislative and regulatory programs. This is a hybrid position with an office based in Albany, NY.

 

Candidate must possess strong leadership skills and experience in conducting effective legislative and/or regulatory campaigns that combine research, communications and grassroots mobilization. Excellent written, oral communication skills and ability to travel is a must.

 

A bachelor’s degree in government relations, political science, or other related field and at least 5 years of legislative experience is preferred.

Additional details of the Legislative Department’s work is listed below:

Detail Job Description: Department of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

 

Daily

1. Review other trade association bulletins, alerts & updates

2. Respond to legislative & regulatory requests for assistance from NRLA membership.

 

Weekly

1. Provide weekly updates to LC-Wired publication

 

Monthly

1. Oversee political action committee fund-raising for NY, MA, ME and RI (some passive)

2. Lumber Co-operator article due bi-monthly

3. Solicit, edit, distribute and post on-line, legislative updates submitted by each state lobbyist.

4. Update Government Affairs Portion of NRLA Web Site

5. Provide Legislative Reports to Legislative Chairpeople for local association meetings.

6. Approve expenditures, i.e., lobbyist payments, dues, subscriptions, etc.

7. Prepare Lobbyist Disclosure Reports (NY, RI, VT, CT, ME, NH and MA)

8. Coordinate education events with Education Department on urgent new laws or regulations.

9. 6 x’s Annually prepare brief summary for NRLA Executive Committee.

10. Send thank you letters to PAC contributors.

 

Quarterly

1. Meeting planning

2. Contribute Report to Board of Directors 3 x’s Annually

 

Annually

1. Convention preparation including letter writing campaign on Federal issue & other duties as assigned (October-November)

2. Negotiate contracts for lobbyists

3. Prepare department budget

4. American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) Federal Advocacy Event

a) Plan Annual ABMA Lobbying Event in Washington including sponsored dinner.

b) Issue invitations to strategic list of NRLA members. Work with NRLA Regional Managers to build attendance.

b) Send invitations to House and Senate legislators on behalf of members with information about issues to be discussed.

c) Research, book, and solicit sponsorships for group dinners held at ABMA lobbying event.

d. Schedule ABMA Legislative Committee Meetings January-June

5. Research issues relevant to the lumber and building material supply industry. Determine potential legislative solutions.

6. Partnering with safety expert, apply for safety training grant in New York State.

7. Execute safety training grants in New York State.

8. Recruit volunteers to the respective state Legislative Committees.

9. Grow NRLA grassroots support among membership.

10. Coordinate with Publications Dept. annual Legislative issue of the Lumber Co-operator.

 

January

1. Monthly conference calls with state and federal Legislative Committees to review legislative positions on new introductions. Prepare minutes and agendas for all conference calls.

2. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary.

3. Begin publishing monthly legislative updates for each state. (Written by lobbyist, edited by staff)

4. NRLA-NY members receive safety training.

5. Alert PAC Treasurers of filing dates.

6. Go to Maine Commission on Ethics web page and locate PAC filing schedule for upcoming year. Place in outlook.

7. PAC fundraising letters distributed to MA and RI.

 

February

1. Prepare and coordinate with lobbyist and Legislative Chair all aspects of Maine Legislative lobby day.

2. Monthly conference calls with all Legislative Committees.

3. NRLA-NY members receive safety training.

4. Grant vouchers submitted for NRLA-NY safety training grant.

5. NRLA-NY grant application prepared for following year.

6. Publish monthly legislative updates.

7. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary.

8. Thank you letters to PAC contributors.

 

March

1. American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) Federal Advocacy Event

2. Prepare ABMA event articles and photos.

3. Monthly conference calls with Maine, New York and Connecticut to review legislative positions on new introductions.

4. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary.

5. Thank you letters to PAC contributors.

6. Publish monthly legislative updates.

7. NRLA-NY grant application to NYS Dept. of Labor submitted.

8. NRLA-NY members receive safety training.

 

April

1. Prepare and coordinate with lobbyist and Chairs all aspects of lobby days.

2. Thank you letters to PAC contributors.

3. NRLA-NY members receive training.

4. ABMA Advocacy Event follow up (coordination = Legislative Coordinator)

  1. Send thank-you letters to speakers Legislative Coordinator)
  2. Send thank-you to legislators (Legislative Coordinator)

5. Monthly conference calls with all State Legislative Committees to review legislative positions on new introductions.

6. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary.

 

May

1. Prepare and coordinate with Lobbyist all aspects of NY Lobby Day

2. Prepare and coordinate with lobbyist all aspects of CT Lobby Day

3. Monthly conference calls with all State Legislative Committees to review legislative positions on new introductions

4. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary

June

1. Prepare and coordinate with lobbyist all aspects of Massachusetts Lobby Day

2. Final conference calls with Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York to wrap-up legislative sessions.

3. Prepare and present testimony at public hearings where necessary

4. Negotiate NRLA lobbyist contracts.

5. Prepare Legislative Budget.

 

July

1. Prepare agendas for all legislative committee meetings which will set the priorities for the year. (Coordinate with Board meetings where possible.)

2. Begin to schedule next year’s lobby days and monthly conference calls.

 

August

1. Research topics for next legislative session.

2. Preparation for Fall priority setting meetings.

 

September

1. Hold Legislative Committee meetings.

 

October

1. Legislative Committee meetings cont’d.

2. Present Legislative report at NRLA Annual Meeting.

3. Prepare NRLA-NY grant survey.

 

November

1. Legislative Committee meetings cont’d.

2. NRLA-NY grant survey sent to membership.

3. Attend and prepare report for Connecticut Annual Meeting

4. Working with Regional Managers, solicit state and local association for ABMA Advocacy Event.

 

December

1. Convention preparation

2. Prepare government affairs campaign. Campaign to include on-site letter writing campaign, possible seminar, and signage.

3. Attend annual convention

4. Implement Government Affairs Campaign

5. Attend and provide update (via power point) at NRLA Board of Managers Meeting

6. Prepare for ABMA Advocacy Convention

 

Department travel

1. Legislative Coordinator is responsible for all airline and hotel reservations

2. Travel within 7 northeastern states for legislative events by car.

3. Air or train travel to Washington DC

 

Other duties non-essential but included as part of the job:

1. Department travel-Director is responsible for all travel accommodations (except convention) including meeting rooms, menus and other special needs as required.

2. Department billing-lobbyist payments (either monthly or quarterly) including state and local association bills and payments to the lobbyists

 

Supervising others

1. The Director currently supervises a full-time legislative coordinator. Evaluations are included in this duty.

 

Decision Making

1. The Director must be able to understand and act upon regulatory and legislative issues affecting the association members.

2. The Director is responsible for negotiating and approving contracts with legislative consultants.

 

Handling Equipment

1. The Director must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, electronic lobbying tools. No servicing of the equipment required.

 

Education Required

1. Bachelor’s degree required, political science and/or communications preferred.

 

Experience

1. Director should have past legislative staff and/or lobbying experience and have a working knowledge of state and federal government.

2. Director is responsible for meeting planning, agenda development and other special programs as needed. This includes speaker identification, invitation and scheduling all facets of programs and seminars.

 

Other qualifications

1. Public speaking skills, strong communication skills both verbally and in writing.

2. The Director must be able to interpret and disseminate legislative and regulatory information to committees, chair people and association members.

3. Strong reading and interpretation skills are required.

4. Must be organized, capable of working well in a fast-paced environment, and strong ability to multi-task.

Rita Ferris at rferris@nrla.org. No phone calls please.

Job posted: 2022-04-24