State and Local Government Affairs Manager

07 Apr, 2021


State and Local Government Affairs Manager

Outdoor Industry Association
Boulder, CO


Do you have a passion for outdoor recreation?  Do you want to help ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry?  Are you a political junkie with deep experience advancing state and local advocacy efforts? If so, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is looking for a State and Local Government Affairs Manager for its Government Affairs team.

About the Position

The OIA State and Local Government Affairs Manager is responsible for the development and execution of OIA’s state and local government affairs strategies and public policy agenda.  The Manager will build and maintain strong relationships with a broad coalition of stakeholders focused on the development of a national network of advocates at the state and local level. The State and Local Government Affairs Manager will execute an agenda that will improve local outdoor recreation funding and access, and strengthen state and local recreation economies. Our preference is that this position is located in Washington, D.C., but we are open to the role being remote. This position reports to the Director, Government Affairs who is based in Washington, D.C.

Essential Functions of the Job

  • Convene, lead or support (as appropriate) local and national coalitions of outdoor business leaders in support of state and local recreation economies, the establishment of state offices of outdoor recreation, ballot measures, legislation and other outdoor recreation funding mechanisms.
  • Identify state and local legislation that is of priority to OIA’s membership. On an ongoing basis, monitor legislation to ensure OIA is in front of issues impacting the outdoor industry.
  • Lead special OIA State and Local projects, including “30×30” implementation, convenings of state outdoor business organizations and state and development of local economic impact reports
  • Lead OIA efforts to support the creation of new state offices of outdoor recreation.
  • Communicate relevant state and local advocacy efforts to OIA’s membership and internal staff on a regular basis.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with national groups representing governors, state legislators, attorney generals, municipal officials and others to identify relevant legislative trends.
  • Build relationships and represent OIA before key state and local policymakers.
  • Manage outside consultants in support of state and local initiatives.
  • Lead research projects in support of state and local advocacy efforts.
  • Fundraise programmatic resources from outdoor companies, foundations and other sources.
  • Periodically collaborate with and provide strategic guidance to OIA’s communications and marketing teams to ensure the OIA website, social media properties, and communications tactics are helping advance OIA’s federal, state and local advocacy objectives.
  • Interact with the media as needed and directed by the OIA to provide comments related to OIA policy and advocacy campaigns.

Position Responsibilities

OIA Culture & Strategic Planning:

  • Efficiently and collegially work with the OIA GA team and entire OIA staff.
  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of annual planning, multi-year strategic plans and goal setting tied to the strategic plan and bonus compensation. Provide periodic updates and follow-up on strategic plan implementation with relevant OIA staff.
  • Maintain key relationships with OIA members, industry representatives and other key stakeholders to convey and support the industry’s positions. Identify potential new partnerships and report these opportunities to the Vice President of Government Affairs.
  • Provide budgetary input and manage state and local program financial resources.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Government Affairs.

Policy Research & Analysis / Close-to-Home Policy Program:

  • Conduct policy research and analysis in support of the OIA policy agenda and OIA’s State and Local policy program.
  • Track state and local legislation and report on significant developments.
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy in GA communications and content related to OIA’s State and Local program.
  • Write reports and position papers for internal and external use.
  • Create and maintain a customized state and local coalition database.
  • Provide analysis and produce content for the Vice President of Government Affairs.

Represent OIA with Key Audiences:

  • Convene local outdoor industry executives, state business alliance leaders and other key partners, provide research and other information in support of the formation of outdoor industry business coalitions.
  • Utilize OIA’s membership database to record significant interactions with industry executives, advisory councils, policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Represents the interests of OIA and the outdoor industry to a broad coalition of stakeholders, including industry executives, policymakers, non-profit leaders and state and local recreation advocates.

Political Engagement & Grassroots Organizing:

  • Identify specific states, counties and municipalities that are appropriate jurisdictions for state and local advocacy campaigns.
  • Represent OIA and advocate for desired policy outcomes to state and local policymakers.
  • Fundraise programmatic resources from outdoor companies, foundations and other sources.
  • Develop advocacy trainings for key executives and specific stakeholders, educational programming and other assets in support of outdoor recreation advocacy.
  • Organize and leverage local outdoor recreation business coalitions towards the successful creation of offices of outdoor recreation, and passage of relevant legislation, ballot measures or other supportive policies.


  • Knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local public lands policy.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work cross-departmentally with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Team player with a high level of professionalism, self-motivation and positive attitude.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, including ability to synthesize complicated matters to appropriate audiences.
  • Ability to work toward consensus, lead coalitions and advocate for OIA’s state and local policy priorities with key constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in diverse political climates with legislators, governors, attorneys general and municipal officials and staff.
  • Read and understand complex policy, including legislation and administration actions and communicate relevancy to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong desire to work in the outdoor industry and eagerness to learn.
  • Strong project management skills and able to manage multiple schedules and deadlines within ongoing campaigns and immediate needs.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills.
  • Flexibility and quick response to a rapidly changing policy environment.
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent computer and technology skills, including a working knowledge of social media and database management. Comfortable in both PC and MAC based environments and able to create PowerPoint presentations.

Required Education and Experience 

  • 5 to 7 years of experience in state and local public policy work or government affairs, including experience working on public lands and recreation policy.
  • Experience working for or with 501(c)6 trade association organizations in a government affairs or advocacy related role.
  • Experience with community building, grassroots network management and coalition building.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Political Management, Public Affairs or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience 

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience.
  • Database management and online collaboration application experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated the ability to provide instruction to audiences of varying background and levels of knowledge.
  • Experience working with the outdoor recreation industry or other relevant industry.

Travel Requirements

  • Approximately 30 percent of time, for domestic travel.


The annual compensation range for this position is $70,000 to $85,000.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to The subject line of the email should read State and Local Government Affairs Manager.


At the Outdoor Industry Association, we celebrate and welcome diversity within our workforce. We strive to hire from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger advocate for our industry when all voices are represented.

The Outdoor Industry Association is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes qualified applicants without regard to age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. 

Based in Boulder, Colorado, with an office in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1,00 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. OIA is a 501(c)6, nonprofit trade association. OIA also established and sponsors the Outdoor Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit, with a mission centered on engaging American youth in active, outdoor lifestyles and nature-based education and activities

Job posted: 2021-04-07