Legislative Affairs Manager
This position will focus on federal legislative strategy, technical assistance, advocacy, and lobbying relating to legislative and policy issues in support of NCMEC’s mission and programs of work to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. The position also will be responsible for helping to create and implement a state legislative agenda supportive of NCMEC’s mission priorities.
The Legislative Affairs Manager will work closely with the General Counsel and the Corporate & Policy Counsel positions to develop and implement the organization’s strategy relating to federal legislative initiatives and advocacy concerning issues that align with and support NCMEC’s mission and policy agenda at the federal level. The position is responsible for building and maintaining relationships and communicating with federal/state legislative staff; government, private corporate, and non-profit entities; internal NCMEC staff; and the general public on legislative issues that may impact or relate to NCMEC’s core programs of work.
Office of Legal Counsel
Minimal, less than 10%.
HOURS and SCHEDULE:
Generally, Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm (minimum 37.5 hours within five (5) days per week); unless otherwise required or approved by management and as needed to be consistently responsive to after-hours and time-sensitive requests from legislative offices.
Position reports to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PUBLIC CONTACT:
Daily contact requiring courtesy, discretion, and sound judgment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Partner with senior management to develop and prioritize the organization’s legislative and advocacy agenda and strategy relating to federal and state child
protection legislation and related issues supporting NCMEC’s non-profit mission.
- Communicate and collaborate with internal staff to ensure substantive understanding of operational programs and implementation of NCMEC’s legislative affairs agenda and strategy and to develop ideas for new legislative initiatives supporting the organization.
- Represent the organization when interacting with governmental agencies; federal and state officials and staffers; non-profit and corporate entities; internal working groups; and partner coalitions.
- Work closely with internal staff to craft organizational responses to legislative and related third party requests for guidance and technical assistance concerning proposed policy/regulatory/legislative issues and federal and state legislation relating to NCMEC programs of work.
- Assist in drafting written testimony and briefing documents relating to the organization’s federal and state legislative priorities and positions.
- Liaise with the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors on discussion and action items that arise.
- Be available to provide general support as may be needed depending on project workflows within the Office of Legal Counsel.
- Promote a professional image and communicate with co-workers, management, external partners and entities, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.
- Respond promptly to telephone calls and correspondence, especially in interacting with legislative offices concerning technical assistance/lobbying matters.
- Ability to register as a federal lobbyist for NCMEC required.
- Present at Hill briefings, conferences, and related events regarding policy/regulatory/legislative issues relating to NCMEC programs of work.
- Other duties and special projects as assigned by the General Counsel.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree required, JD a plus.
- Minimum of 3 years substantive experience relating to government/Congressional relations, federal legislative affairs, public policy matters, or state legislative process and issues required.
- Experience as a Hill or government agency staffer strongly preferred.
- Experience working with appropriations and federal grant protocols preferred.
- Previous experience working in or closely with a law firm, non-profit, congressional/state legislative office, or similar environment required.
- Previous experience with or working knowledge of non-profit, constitutional, child-related and technology-related issues required.
- Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships and open communication with and collaborating with Congress and federal government agencies required.
- Experience working with non-profit organizations, or similarly situated entities, relating to developing and coordinating national and state policies on mission-related issues preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Working knowledge and experience with protocols and processes relating to Capitol Hill and state legislative offices and federal government agencies. Strong written and oral communication and advocacy skills in support of NCMEC’s mission.
- Ability to interact and communicate appropriately with a range of internal and external colleagues and entities holding the same or different policy positions from NCMEC.
- Ability to perform as high-level strategic thinker and act decisively.
- Demonstrated skill and comfort analyzing data and drafting correspondence, briefing documents, and presentations for a variety of audiences.
- Excellent judgment in setting priorities and interacting with internal and external contacts.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively perform research and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Diligence and past success in pursuing positive outcomes in difficult situations.
- Ability and dedication to learning about range of programs and operations of NCMEC.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and standard database software programs.
- Adaptability, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team and in an individual capacity.
- Ability to handle and maintain the integrity and confidentiality of highly sensitive material and information.
- Passion for the issues affecting missing and exploited children.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.
Job posted: 2021-04-26