Government Affairs Director

21 Aug, 2021


Government Affairs Director

Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS
Southfield, MI


Summary: The Government Affairs Director (GAD) works under the general supervision of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to ensure that the professional interests of REALTORS® are understood and represented fairly by elected officials and regulators. This position is also responsible for directing other external public and community relations for the purpose of building the REALTOR® and GMAR brand, and for positioning GMAR as the primary source of real estate information. The GAD reports directly to the CEO.

Key Responsibilities: 

Government Affairs 

• Develop and implement a successful local government relations strategy, aligned with organizational objectives.

• Direct GMAR’s government relations activities related to public policy, grassroots organizing, election campaigns, and legislative advocacy in coordination with the Michigan Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors®. 

• Monitor existing and emerging city, state, and federal real estate-related policy issues and legislative initiatives of relevance to property owners and GMAR members.

• Research and report on the industry, political, legislative, housing, and association issues that are relevant to GMAR’s members and private property rights.

• Develop and execute REALTOR® Political Action Committee fundraising strategies to maximize member participation and exceed the annual fundraising goal.

• Manage GMAR’s Independent Expenditure Committee and Public Policy committees to build opportunities to enhance GMAR’s advocacy initiatives impacting real estate, homeownership, and private property rights.

• Build trust and loyalty through mutually beneficial relationships that place emphasis on educating decision-makers about real estate, homeownership, and private property rights and the role played by REALTORS® and GMAR.

• Develops, builds and expands relationships with public officials and other influential policymakers at the federal, state and local level in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

• Effectively plan and execute initiatives to grow the association’s image within Metro Detroit.

• Represents the association before external constituencies, including elected officials and other state and local government agencies, commissions and authorities, and organize and represent the association at community events and other external functions.

• Serve as the staff liaison to GMAR’s member-driven committees on Government Relations and RPAC.

• Assist GMAR in determining positions on public policy and promote these positions to local governments and staff.

• Draft testimony and statements for public and private meetings on real estate-related policies, ordinances, and legislation.

• Broaden members’ awareness through the promotion of advocacy success through newsletters, calls-to-action, social media, and presentations at brokerage sales meetings, membership meetings, or other speaking opportunities. 

• Coordinate the interviewing of candidates for local public office and assist committees in selecting candidates to receive RPAC support.

Community Relations

• Identify and execute relevant philanthropic initiatives and opportunities for volunteerism that build a positive reputation for REALTORS® and GMAR.

• Manage GMAR’s Placemaking Grant Program.

• Strategic planning, managing and executing external meetings, events, and volunteerism that advance GMAR’s overall objectives.

• Serve as a responsible intermediary between CEO and an extensive network of public officials, community-based organizations, housing-industry groups, and business organizations.

Successful Candidates Have: 

• Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within a diverse community, including demonstrated ability to work with elected officials and their staff.

• Have a strong government and public relations acumen and a thorough understanding of the legislative process at all levels – local, state and federal.

• Ability to establish and implement a cohesive community and advocacy outreach plan, monitor performance, and report results in an effective manner.

• Ability to write with proper structure and purpose, speak publicly, and give effective presentations to CEO, directors, members, and elected officials.

• Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated creative solutions.

• Have the capacity to work and interact with media.

• Must be highly motivated, self-starter, innovative, and energetic.

• Ability to utilize variety of computer programs as needed.

• Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.

• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects and meet timelines with minimal supervision.

• Must have the ability to work flexible hours as required, including evenings and weekends.

• Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and straightforward manner

• Ability to make decisions and solve problems while working under pressure

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret legislation, regulation, contracts, franchises and legal documents

• Ability to work independently, but also collaborate effectively with colleagues, peers and other internal and external constituencies

• Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance and operate with integrity and within association values; maintain high standards for ethical practice

Successful Candidates Must Have: 

• A bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, or a related field.

• 5+ years experience in government affairs, a political-field, and/or trade associations. 

• Ability to set personal beliefs aside for the betterment of the association, members and advocacy priorities.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans for achieving public policy objectives, familiarity with real estate industry issues a plus.

• Experience in political fundraising and management.

Classification: Salary, Exempt, full time.

Work Environment:  This position primarily operates in a professional office environment at the association office or at the Broker members’ facilities and other venues where meetings are hosted, or classes offered by the association. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and projectors. The noise level is usually moderate. This position may require working some evenings and/or weekends.

Application: Interested candidates should submit their resume, along with a cover letter stating their salary requirements to Vickey Livernois, CEO at


Job posted: 2021-08-21