Director of State Government Affairs

05 Aug, 2019


Director of State Government Affairs

National Shooting Sports Foundation
Midwest (Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota) or South-Central (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry.  NSSF leads the way in advocating for the industry and its businesses and jobs, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, encouraging enjoyment of recreational shooting and hunting, and helping people better understand the industry’s lawful products.

Our mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.



NSSF is seeking a strategic legislative leader to join our state government affairs team as the Director of State Affairs.  We are hiring 2 people, one person based in the South-Central Region and one person based in the Midwest Region. The focus is on representing the industry before legislative and regulatory bodies in the regions identified. Candidates should be well-versed in state and local legislative processes and procedures and have demonstrated success in executing effective measures in state capitols. Managing both internal and external stakeholders in a high energy and fast paced environment will be a priority. The candidate will be expected to coordinate the strategic objectives of the trade association while developing and managing legislative objectives. The position will report to and work closely with the Managing Director of State Affairs.



  • Proactively evaluate state legislation and regulations on a continuous basis for potential impact on our member companies.
  • Expand and develop our state affairs program focusing on activities with elected officials and policy makers in the Midwest region.
  • Direct all state/local level lobbying efforts for the firearms industry with a primary focus in Midwestern states, e.g. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Identify issues for which NSSF and its members have an interest and should take a position and appropriate action.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Interpersonal skills to work with appropriate in-state groups to build coalitions.
  • Ability to manage and supervise outside government relations consultants.
  • Collaborate with state affairs colleagues to develop grassroots action plans that strategically engage industry members to achieve desired policy outcomes.
  • Ability to translate complicated industry issues into an easy to understand analysis that focuses on the impact to our member companies.
  • Work to develop public affairs messaging with both internal and external groups with a primary focus of impacting legislation.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5+ years of state lobbying experience working in state legislatures.
  • Extensive government relations and/or public affairs experience to effectively interact with state agencies and legislatures.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to influence and effectively lead internal and external audiences to desired outcomes.
  • A comprehensive skill set including extensive industry and trade association experience, crisis-tested political expertise, consistent and successful lobbying practices, and cultivated coalition management skills.
  • Ability to manage and assess the need for contract government relations professionals and associations.
  • Understand industry specific policy and legislative issues and develop strategies and solutions in response.
  • Proven track record of successful project management and team leadership.
  • High degree of ethics and ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to register as a lobbyist and file necessary paperwork in the states.
  • Out-of-town travel – 30% to 40% of position.
  • Experience hunting, shooting, or with the outdoors a plus.



  • Midwest position will be located preferably in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa or Minnesota.
  • South-Central position will be located preferably in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Missouri or Kansas.



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Job posted: 2019-08-05