Vice President & State Legislative Counsel

04 Jan, 2021


Vice President & State Legislative Counsel

NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Washington, DC

As NCTA’s Vice President and State Legislative Counsel, State Government Affairs, you will focus on state communications and technology policy issues that are important to the Internet and television industry. You will identify and provide substantive analysis of relevant state and local legislative and regulatory activity and coordinate related industry efforts with NCTA’s member company state government affairs teams and the industry’s state cable associations. You also will represent NCTA with national intergovernmental organizations representing state legislators and local governmental officials. Your understanding of the industry’s state legislative issues will enable you to act as a strategic adviser within NCTA and as a strong ambassador to NCTA’s members, the industry’s state associations, and state and local intergovernmental groups. This role will report to the Leader of the State Government Relations Team.

Primary Job Duties/Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Overview:NCTA’s primary role vis-à-vis state government relations is to coordinate with and to provide expertise, action plans and strategic advice to help our members’ state government relations teams and the industry’s state associations achieve their public policy goals. While our Team does not engage in direct advocacy with state legislatures or agencies, we do actively engage with national groups representing state legislators and other state and local officials. The Vice President & State Legislative Counsel will have three primary functions.

Legislative and Regulatory Activity

Identify state legislation that is a priority to NCTA’s membership, curate and supervise the monitoring and tracking of state legislative and regulatory issues related to broadband/Internet, video, and telecommunications; and manage the relationship with NCTA’s state legislative tracking service.

Coordinate and collaborate with NCTA’s federal government relations and legal teams on policy issues and with strategic planning.

Develop and distribute regular communications/written reports for NCTA’s senior team, member companies, and state associations on state legislative trends and issues; prepare and deliver presentations internally and externally (e.g., at state association or member state government affairs meetings) on state policy-related issues; testify as a national expert in the states upon request by our member companies, assist in preparing presentations for the NCTA Board and for other groups.

Strategic Planning and Coordination

Build and maintain relationships with member company (MemCo) state government relations executives and the industry’s state association executives (Association execs).

Provide strategic advice to MemCo execs on their state and local policy priorities and work with the Team to create action plans for NCTA to help our members achieve those priorities.

Communicate with MemCos and Association execs about legislative and regulatory developments and the execution of action plans on a regular basis, take an active role in NCTA’s bi-weekly calls with MemCo execs, and our bi-weekly calls with Association execs.

Work with the Team on periodic State Leadership Conferences; our Broadband Cable Policy Summit for state legislators; our Key Contacts fly-in; and on our webinar series with member company representatives, state officials, academics and other influencers to address timely issues; and develop new opportunities to convene.

Moderate and participate in educational panels, conferences and virtual events for our Memcos, Association execs.

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

Develop and maintain relationships with national groups representing state legislators and other state and local officials in order to identify legislative/regulatory trends and to advocate on behalf of the industry with those groups.

Participate in IGO meetings, either in person or remotely depending on the circumstances; capitalize on membership benefits by creating opportunities to present papers or appear on panels or other public speaking opportunities.

Educate these groups about our industry and build support for our policy priorities and positions.

Rural Broadband:In addition to state government relations, you will also work with the Team Leader on rural broadband issues and as a liaison to NCTA’s rural market members.  This may involve speaking at company management meetings and organizing and participating in rural broadband events

Qualifications & Experience:

Law Degree and Bachelor’s degree with a 4-year accredited college or university required.

Previous regulatory, advocacy, research or analytical experience involving broadband, video, telecommunications or Internet companies, policy organizations, or think tanks required.

Working knowledge of broadband, video, telecommunications and Internet industries, including current regulatory and legislative issues.

Flexibility and willingness to tackle special projects when assigned.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Strong research and presentation skills.

Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

Travel required, consistent with governmental and NCTA health ad safety guidelines.

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Job posted: 2021-01-04