Manager, Government Relations

14 May, 2022


Manager, Government Relations

Academy of General Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Title: Manager, Government Relations Reports To: Associate Executive Director, 

Public Affairs 


Department: Government Relations Supervises: Coordinator, Government 

Relations; Intern

Division: Public Affairs Created: February 2006


FLSA Status: Exempt Revised: May 2022


Staff Liaison: LGA Council Budgetary Responsibilities: $100 – $500K


General Summary of Responsibilities:   Under the direction of the Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs, manages the AGD’s Government Relations programs; Assist with organizational activities and special projects as directed.


Essential Job Functions: (duties may not be ranked by order of importance)


  1. Government Relations (Federal)
    1. Work with the AGD federal lobbyist and the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council to ensure that AGD’s interests are appropriately represented in Congress and the Executive Branch. Draft and execute federal action alerts. 
    2. Plan the AGD’s annual Hill Day government relations conference. 
    3. Manage the Capitol Connections communications and oversees the advocacy communications published in various AGD mediums, print, electronic and web. 
    4. Represent AGD in federal coalitions.
    5. Work with the Communications Department to ensure that members and non-members are informed of AGD’s advocacy efforts.
  2. Government Relations (State)
    1. Develop and execute a process to recruit and support a constituent legislative chairperson in each state and the District of Columbia.
    2. Proactively as well as working in conjunction with the various legislative chairpersons, draft model legislation and lobby the state legislature to adopt such legislation on emerging issues of interest to the general dentist.
    3. Use the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council in an advisory capacity confirming emerging issues to be adopted by states.
    4. Oversee the use of AGD’s state legislative and regulatory tracking service and grass roots communication/advocacy service.
    5. Research and monitor media related to pertinent state legislation and regulation.
    6. Plan, execute and staff AGD’s attendance at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Legislative Summit and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
    7. Work with the Communications Department to ensure that members and non-members are informed of AGD’s advocacy efforts.
  3. Management & Supervisory Responsibilities
    1. Supervise the work of the Coordinator, Government Relations and an intern (when there is one).  Serve as a mentor and coach and ensure that all work efforts are being directed to achieve the overall goals for the department.  
    2. Ensure professional development of self and team.
  4. Administrative, Internal & Other
    1. Draft documents and communications relating to council meetings and activities, such as workbooks, agendas, minutes, action summaries, and board reports.
    2. Staff the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council meetings.
    3. Update the department Operations Manual on an annual basis or more frequently if necessary.
    4. Prepare and monitor department budget; process expense reports for members and supervisor; and, process check requests.
    5. Prepare proper section of the department’s monthly board update and other leader communications as needed. 
    6. Proofread and edit communications in AGD publications.
    7. Collaborate with other internal departments; serve on internal staff committees as necessary; and, other duties as assigned.
    8. Work with state dental boards to achieve acceptance of the AGD Transcript for use as proof of completion of continuing education credits. 


Minimum Qualifications for Consideration:  


Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Pre-law, Government, Social Sciences, Communications, or related field.


Credentials (years of experience): Four to five years-experience, preferably with an association, in lobbying, grass roots initiatives, and program management.  Federal or state legislative experience a plus.  Experience with a dental association a plus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with AGD grassroots members, leaders, officers and staff to convey a positive image of the AGD and department.  Possess exceptional PC skills with accurate typing speed of 65 wpm and ability and willingness to learn new software and programs as required.  Be flexible, adaptable, able to work on a wide variety of tasks independently and in a team structure. Understand and fulfill the meaning of confidentiality.  Possess the ability to meet deadlines, set priorities, and demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail.  Possess good organizational skills, excellent customer service skills, excellent oral and written communications skills with good spelling, proofreading and grammatical skills, and excellent internet research skills.  Some shorthand or speed writing preferred.  Be able to work additional hours and travel as needed.  

General Understanding and Nature of the Position Description:  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification.  These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified

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Job posted: 2022-05-14