Director, State Affairs

21 Nov, 2019


Director, State Affairs

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)
Washington, DC

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a trade association located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a full-time Director, State Affairs.  The Director, State Affairs, is a member of the public affairs team responsible for representing the association on state and municipal government legislative and regulatory matters. Job responsibilities include developing and delivering effective legislative and grassroots strategies and for growing and strengthening key stakeholder partnerships. The Director reports to the Vice President, Public Affairs and is located in Washington, D.C.




  • Coordinate with the Vice President, Public Affairs to proactively develop and deliver effective legislative strategies at the state and local levels.
  • Cultivate and maintain stakeholder relationships at the state and local levels.
  • Manage and support the association’s Legislative Affairs Committee and its input into legislative strategies.
  • Compose and distribute informative and persuasive correspondence, testimony, policy positions, grassroots alerts, briefings, reports, took kits, and backgrounders about priority issues.
  • Create and deliver conference, webinar, website and other content to support effective issue management and stakeholder engagement.
  • Prepare and present legislative testimony and make presentations to industry and policymaker audiences.
  • Track and achieve fluency with state and local legislation, statutes, and regulations.
  • Monitor, analyze, aggregate and communicate about state and local legislation and policy proposals to a range of association and external stakeholders through a variety of channels.
  • Manage state lobbyists and ally relationships.
  • Meet state lobbying and ethics compliance requirements.
  • Recruit and supervise interns.
  • Other duties as assigned by the RISE President or Vice President, Public Affairs.


Additional Qualifications


  • Develops and successfully maintains effective relationships, including those with members, allies, policymakers, lobbyists, coalitions, grassroots stakeholders, and with teammates.
  • Skilled and influential speaker and writer with the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner with legislators and staff, allied organizations, board of directors, association members, and other industry leaders.
  • Capable and motivated to learn and accumulate technical and other knowledge about the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry.
  • Demonstrates excellent organization and analytic skills along with the ability to take a proactive, self-directed approach.
  • Contributes as a team player and collaborator within the association.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, sound judgement, discretion and political acumen.
  • Skilled problem solver who can make decisions under pressure and in complex situations.
  • Demonstrates effective leadership and negotiation skills.
  • Manages multiple priorities and meets tight deadlines.
  • Has proficiency in Microsoft Office, legislative bill tracking tools, and social media.


Education and Work Experience


  • BA/BS degree in political science, communications, public relations, environmental science or similar field.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a related position.
  • Prior work experience in state government affairs is required.
  • Ability to produce effective written work products, including distilling complex or technical information into concise and influential communications is essential.
  • Travel is required approximately 40% of time to be successful in this position.


To apply, please send your resume to:


RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)

Attn: Recruiter

1156 15th St. N.W.

Suite 400

Washington, D.C. 20005


All inquiries will remain confidential.


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Job posted: 2019-11-21