Policy and Engagement Manager, Southeast

10 Jan, 2022


Policy and Engagement Manager, Southeast

National Marine Manufacturers Association

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is seeking a Southeastern Policy and Engagement Manager to join its Government Relations department. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading trade association for the U.S. and Canadian recreational boating industry (nmma.org), the primary advocate for the boating business community and boating consumer, and the leading producer of consumer boat shows in the United States. NMMA represents 85% of the U.S. and Canadian recreational marine manufacturing market including companies that make boats, marine engines and accessories. NMMA members deliver an estimated $45 billion in new marine products each year to consumers around the world to enjoy the boating lifestyle.

NMMAs Mission, Vision, Core Values, and our Why:

Our Why: Creating Transformational Experiences

Our Vision: Recreational boating is the #1 leisure activity in America.

Our Mission: To ensure the growth and success of the recreational boating industry.

Our Core Values: Respect/Serve Others/Be Curious/Collaborate/Focus on the Consumer

Our Promise to Members:

    • Convene, unify and expand the North American recreational boating market.
    • Foster a favorable business environment for members.
    • Cultivate a best-in-class boating experience for consumers.
    • Encourage continuous improvement of recreational boating products.
    • Champion industry information, learning and knowledge.
    • Ensure the health and success of NMMA and Discover Boating.

Company size and location:

NMMA has an office in Washington, D.C., and the largest office is in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, the team is working remotely and will likely continue to be remote through the summer of 2021. In addition to Washington, D.C. and Chicago, members of NMMAs team are based in regions where it produces its consumer boat shows including Boston, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, and New York. When it is safe to return to the office, NMMA will offer a flexible work environment, including remote work. The association currently employs 65 people:

Position Description:
This position supports NMMAs advocacy and grassroots activities in the southeastern geographical region, including AL, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, VA, WV. The state team is comprised of a total of four people. This position reports to the Vice President, State Government Relations. This position is entirely remote and must reside in one of the states listed (preference for individuals based in GA, NC, SC, TN).

This role monitors and responds to state legislative and regulatory activity impacting the boating industry, coordinates with industry members for grassroots and PAC engagement, and assists the policy team in mobilizing assets in key Congressional districts on federal agency and congressional issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build and be a great partner throughout the region with governors, state legislators, staff and related agencies to promote policy priorities of boating industry.
  • Analyze, monitor and respond to state legislative and regulatory matters impacting boating.
  • Work collaboratively with the state and federal government relations team to advance proactive and reactive agenda. Directly lead contract lobbyists that may be hired in the SE region
  • Mobilize political assets in key districts to arrange tours of the manufacturing facilities of NMMA members by members of Congress and state legislators, engage in district meetings, and political fundraisers.
  • Coordinate with communications and marketing staff in the development and execution of grassroots strategy.
  • Draft testimony, letters, legislative analyses and advocacy materials for distribution to membership.
  • Represent recreational boating interests at state capitols, conferences, meetings and coalitions.

As a member of this team, you will receive a competitive salary, full benefits, 401k, summer hours and more! If you are an outstanding Policy and Engagement Manager with a solid background, we want you to join our crew!


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Position Requirements:

  • Knowledge and interest in public policy and grassroots strategies.
  • Previous policy experience with legislative analyses, grassroots, campaign and/or as a field representative for elected officials preferred.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills.
  • Consistent track record of working in coalitions
  • Self-starter, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a remote but fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with boating and outdoor recreation.
  • Ability to travel throughout southeast region, at times on short notice.
  • Prefer working from a home office.

Credentials/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in related field
  • Three to five years relevant campaign, association or policy experience

Learn more here

Job posted: 2022-01-10