Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce
Sr. Director of Public Policy
The Senior Director of Public Policy of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce coordinates and manages all governmental affairs and governmental relations strategies at the local, state and federal levels. The successful candidate will have the skills necessary to cultivate active working relationships with representatives from government, business, community and other stakeholder audiences to enhance the Chamber’s ability to influence policy development and advance the initiatives of the Chamber and business community. The position works closely with volunteer leadership and the Public Policy Committee to develop the Chamber’s legislative agenda, with the Chamber’s 12 Councils to understand their roles in impacting policy decisions that affect their constituents with economic development staff to influence governmental policies that encourage and support job growth and talent development.
Key functions include:
- Develop the department’s strategic plan and aligns initiatives of the annual plan to enhance the effectiveness of strategic initiatives of the Chamber and Foundation.
- Influence and persuade government representatives and entities or key community leaders to adopt positions consistent with Chamber objectives.
- Establish and foster relationships that allow the Chamber to convene business, government, education and community leaders in working through issues that impact the local economy.
- Serve as the Chamber’s lobbyist in Nashville during sessions of the Tennessee General Assembly and maintains non-partisan relationships with local delegates year round.
- Direct advocacy efforts for the Chamber at all levels of government and regularly attend City Council meetings and County Commission meetings.
- Build, maintain and mobilize, as needed, a grassroots network of business support and key political contacts in order to inform and influence policy decisions.
- Serve as a face and voice of the Chamber and the Chattanooga business community by engaging in frequent activities that require media savvy, political acumen, and persuasiveness.
- Coordinate closely with Communications and other departments to develop, implement and deploy consistent communications and policy strategies that permeate and undergird all programs and departments.
- A minimum of five years of high level experience in public policy with a proven record of success.
- A firm grasp of core business competencies including building strategic plans, accomplishing work through managing others and managing to budgetary constraints is required.
- Prior experience in political campaigns, governmental service, public relations, strategic communications, lobbying or advocacy, or organized public awareness campaigns is highly desired.
- Prior experience in the Chamber industry or other business association, volunteer boards and managing volunteer-driven initiatives is highly beneficial.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in business, political science, public policy, public affairs, communications or related disciplines. Advanced degree a plus.
Must be eligible to register as a lobbyist with the states of Tennessee and Georgia and the federal government. Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S., eligible to obtain a U.S. passport, hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
Candidates for this position will be evaluated by Senior Staff and an advisory committee consisting of a small group of volunteer leaders. The most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and references, combined into one .pdf document, no later than January 21, 2018.
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About this company
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce was established in 1887 and is a 501(c)(6) that serves more than 2,200 member companies with a mission to champion member businesses and promote regional economic growth. The Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, an independent but related 501(c)(3), was chartered in 1969, to promote community and economic development and is recognized for its lead role in the area’s recruitment and job creation successes. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Chamber Foundation are collectively known as “the Chamber” and are engaged in close and productive partnerships with local government, philanthropic, and corporate entities.
Location/Region: Chattanooga, TN (US)