The Vice President of Advocacy & Public Affairs will direct ESA’s government relation advocacy efforts and manage all public policy strategies through outreach to executive, legislative and regulatory bodies at all levels of government. To learn more about the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the industry it represents navigate to this YouTube video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj8C78S4uOQ
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Shape ESA’s public policy strategy in collaboration and consultation with the Executive Officer, senior executive team and volunteer leaders.
Orchestrate advocacy for high priority legislative and regulatory initiatives as needed at all levels of government.
Build consensus in support of ESA’s public policy positions among volunteer leaders, ESA membership, state associations, aligned trade associations, public safety organizations, legislative coalitions, aligned advocacy associations and public interest groups.
Using technology, monitor and regularly report legislative and regulatory initiatives to impacted stakeholders.
Provide actionable intelligence, resources and support to state associations, members and other stakeholders on time-sensitive legislative or regulatory initiatives.
Lobby government on key legislative proposals through direct communication with key staff and members on matters of high impact to the electronic security and life safety industry. Provide resources, research and all supporting documentation needed to educate and enlighten stakeholders on issues.
Engage with state and federal regulatory agencies (and key personnel) that have any impact on the industry.
Evaluate all regulatory developments with the potential to impact the industry and provide timely notification to impacted stakeholders.
Develop collaborative relationships with legislators, regulators, key personnel and executive leadership in public safety organizations to maximize a cooperative public policy position between public safety, public officials and the electronic security and life safety industry.
Identify opportunities to position ESA as a valuable resource and contributor to legislators and regulators during public policy development on issues that impact the electronic security and life safety industry.
Create legislative proposals for elected officials to sponsor that further the ESA public policy platform.
Coordinate and execute grassroots in person or ‘virtual’ fly-in events that put volunteer leaders in personal touch with their elected members of Congress.
Prepare and publish public policy papers or press releases as needed on high priority issues.
Supervision received from Chief Executive Officer. Works independently with minimal supervision; External contacts include ESA volunteers and members, legislators, regulators, legislative and regulatory staff, public safety officials, industry leaders, aligned trade association staff and industry-supported organizational leaders.
Employee assistance program
Health savings account
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Bachelor’s degree with no less than five years of public policy, government relations and advocacy experience, preferably in a non-profit environment, to include experience in coalition building, legislative tracking and lobbying.
Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work with diverse interest groups to seek collaboration and consensus.
Ability to participate in and facilitate group meetings.
Proficient with MS Office products including; Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Position requires willingness to work a flexible schedule and travel up to 25% of the time.
Non-profit and/or Association experience.
Experience in lobbying at the state or federal level.
Experience working with proprietary software, including legislative tracking and CRM software.
Experience working with volunteers, volunteer leadership, legislative and regulatory staff at the state or federal level and public safety officials.
Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Together, ESA member companies employ more than 500,000 industry professionals and serve more than 34 million residential and commercial clients.