Managing Director, Political and Legislative Affairs
The Managing Director is responsible for planning, implementing, and directing the
organization’s legislative and political programs and its resources. The person in this position
serves as MSEA’s Chief Lobbyist and Political Director.
The Managing Director is a strategic leader of the Center for Public Affairs and part of the
association’s management team who shares accountability in executing the association’s
mission, goals, and annual priorities in pursuit of the association’s vision.
The Managing Director provides guidance to a staff engaged in the following program areas: 1)
legislative strategy and its organizational implementation; and 2) political, campaign, and
fundraising strategy and its organizational implementation. The role of the Managing Director is
to ensure effective execution of these programs in support of the association’s mission, and the
cross-organizational integration necessary for effective results and consistency. In addition, there
is responsibility for overseeing the inclusion and involvement of MSEA leaders and members in
the legislative and political program. This position provides oversight to the appropriate related
committees of MSEA and serves on various workgroups from time to time in relation to
development of strategies, policies, and procedures that relate to the areas directed, including as
a representative of the association with outside coalition partners and other legislative and
Significant in this role is the ongoing counseling and advice to the Executive Director, Assistant
Executive Director, officers of the Association, the Board of Directors, local governance and
staff, and management on the full breadth of government relations and electoral matters.
• Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, education, government, or
equivalent required; advanced degree preferred.
• Demonstrated breadth and maturity of judgment and experience in politics; preferably
working for a membership/advocacy organization.
• Minimum three years of experience in strategic planning, leadership, project
management, supervision, and budgeting.
• Experience managing or supporting electoral programs and campaign staff.
• Lobbying experience in the local and state political arena, particularly as it relates to
• Knowledge of the Maryland budget and legislative processes. Professional relationships
with Maryland government officials of the legislative and executive branches is
• Experience raising funds and building member support of a political action committee.
• Knowledge of campaign finance laws and regulations that govern the operations of
Maryland state political action committees.
• Knowledge of the values, goals, and mission of MSEA, tenets of unionism, and the core
issues that resonate within the public education arena.
• Knowledge of training methods, techniques, and administration that facilitate a high level
of training delivery.
• Has or is able to obtain and maintain a valid US driver’s license that complies with the
State of Maryland.
ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate understanding of and proficiency in:
• Analyzing and evaluating the impact of political and legislative matters on the association
and in the design, recommendation, and implementation of an effective strategic
• Working with and engendering cooperative support, and consulting/counseling/ advising
with leaders, members, and all levels of association management, governance, and staff.
• Effective listening, strategic thinking, advocacy, time and people management,
observation, eliciting information, and persuasion.
• Mastery of verbal (both in dialogue and group presentations), professionally written, and
editorial communications skills.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with outside political
leaders, government officials, education organizations, unions, and other coalition
• Managing interpersonal disputes and minimizing the effects of conflict on future
interactions and job effectiveness.
• Developing and implementing strategic initiatives to effectively carry out a large-scale
and complex government relations agenda for the association.
• Thinking quickly and providing clear and persuasive responses in debate-like situations.
• Working with and maintaining data and information of a confidential nature.
• Exercising discretion and independent judgment.
• Demonstrating initiative and resourcefulness.
• Working in a Microsoft Office suite environment.
• Performing duties with a high level of efficiency and accuracy.
• Directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of assigned staff.
• Manages the planning, budgeting, and controlling of division operations ensuring that
administrative activities and tactical efforts are consistent with and supportive of the
overall mission and goals of the association.
• Prepares reports for submission to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the
• Responsible for the design, recommendation, and implementation of association
legislative and regulatory programs.
• Directs and oversees the analysis, tracking, and monitoring of relevant General Assembly
legislation, initiatives sought by the Governor, and select Federal legislation, and the
development of recommended legislative positions and tactics.
• Manages the development of strategies and coordinates tactical plans to form coalitions
with external organizations that share MSEA’s philosophies, interests, and goals.
• Collaborates with colleagues throughout the association to ensure a unified and consistent
voice in the review and development of legislative and political agenda and strategy.
• Directs the development of programs, position papers, messages and mailings, talking
points, testimony, etc. to communicate effectively and present Association positions and
programs to Association constituency and government officials.
• Oversees the delivery of government relations-related training programs to better prepare
leaders, members, and staff on political and legislative matters.
• Speaks before and makes presentations to government officials, education organizations,
and MSEA members regarding political issues and legislative strategy.
• Responsible for the design, recommendation, implementation, and oversight of MSEA’s
• Oversees the support and consultancy provided to the MSEA Fund for Children and
Public Education PAC, including activities, fundraising, campaign and election
initiatives, and ensures coordination with NEA.
• Mobilizes election strategies targeting members and the general public to meet MSEA’s
• Works with public opinion pollsters to help shape political and legislative strategy.
• Ensures that MSEA’s political program is interwoven and coordinated with MSEA’s
legislative strategy and efforts.
• Responsible for the design, recommendation, and implementation of association political
• Directs the planning and administering of all PAC fundraising programs.
• Responds to inquiries from leaders, staff, affiliates, and members.
• Works extended hours including weekends and evenings, when necessary, in order to
perform assigned responsibilities.
• Works with MSEA committees, as assigned.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
MSEA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
All Correspondence Should be Addressed to:
Maryland State Education Association
140 Main St.
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Fax: (410) 280-9070
Job posted: 2020-09-04