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1-800 Contacts United States
Apr 19, 2017
Full time
Why You Want This Position You will be responsible for managing and expanding 1-800 Contacts’ state and federal presence, and for developing and executing its strategic corporate initiatives, our legislative plan, and ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.  The successful candidate will work to track, identify, analyze initiate and pass and influence state and federal regulatory and legislative policy, and recommend positions and strategies that advance 1-800 Contacts’ business objectives.    You will advise the company’s General Counsel, CEO and senior leadership team, keeping them informed of and focused on driving opportunities to engage with decision makers, through a well-developed network that can be leveraged to expand the company’s current business.  You will ensure the integration and consistency of messaging to numerous stakeholders, including employees, local and national political figures, third party influencers, community leaders, and the public.  The successful candidate will be responsible for measurable results through translating business goals into the development and execution of a government affairs strategy.    You will demonstrate hands-on leadership, bringing a high level of focus and involvement to drive corporate affairs strategy development and program execution.   Why You Will Love Us 1-800 Contacts has a long history of legislative and regulatory victories including the passage of the 2003 Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act, as well as defeating efforts to unwind the consumer rights contained in the law.  Most recently, the company worked to pass and defend a state law prohibiting Unilateral Pricing Policies instituted by the contact lens manufacturers. Of all the companies out there that talk about putting the customer first, 1-800 Contacts is one of the few that walks the walk. We invest in the talent and technology to make sure our customers have a remarkable experience.   What you Will do Develop strong relationships and serve as the company’s key point-of-contact with federal and state government leaders.   Monitor legislative and regulatory processes at all levels of government, while ensuring that the company’s senior leadership is aware of impending policy and legal issues of interest to 1-800 Contacts.   Develop and maintain productive relationships with key members of the political and opinion leader community, to help create an understanding of 1-800 Contacts and its objectives and mission.   Lead the Company’s efforts to obtain legislative and regulatory approval supporting business innovation in the contact lens and broader optical markets.   Assume leadership for contact lens and optical consumer advocacy, including protecting and expanding consumer rights in the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act and other related federal or state laws.   Monitor the development of issues that affect the company's reputation; develop legislative and regulatory strategies for addressing each issue and deploy team resources to ensure management of issue, building profiles of issues and best practices to ensure consistent approach for managing events.   Respond to inquiries on policy issues, on behalf of management, and oversee the development and dissemination of positions to advance 1-800 Contacts’ objectives.   May manage internal 1-800 Contacts staff, as well as consultants and contract lobbyists.   Represent the company at industry trade groups, and develop extensive relationships with industry peers and other stakeholder groups.   Why we will love you You will have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in government affairs, and/or external relations.  You are a high-energy, strategic thinker with proven results influencing company valuation/ROI, leadership skills, and well-developed advocacy skills.    In addition, you will have:   Demonstrated ability to work with state and federal government officials, including senior administration officials.   Organizational leadership and management experience, the ability to motivate others to advance goals, and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects or roles in a rapidly evolving environment.   Demonstrated track record of working with and earning the trust and confidence of high profile corporate and government leaders, and serving as a trusted advisor/counselor.   Demonstrated experience building partnerships and strategic alliances; a proven ability to work effectively with top-level government and business officials.   An eagerness to execute a hands-on approach to build credibility, relationships, and knowledge within the company.   A strong track record of planning and implementing successful lobbying and grassroots programs or comparable projects to achieve national program goals.   Demonstrated ability to develop, recommend and execute strategies for accomplishing strategic legislative objectives.   Strong business acumen and a roll-up-the-sleeves approach; must be a strategist as well as a hands-on manager of the function.   Executive presence and strong verbal, written and public speaking and presentation skills, for both internal and external audiences.   Demonstrated experience as a results-oriented manager with strong business acumen and experience building and managing a high-performing team in a fast-paced environment.   A person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.   A collaborative style; interactive with the courage and conviction to challenge and defend ideas and strategies.   Excellent analytical and organizational skills.   Experience working with media consultants, including placement of opinion pieces to support legislative and regulatory goals.   Demonstrated success in passing state and federal legislation, and stopping legislative initiatives where necessary.   Knowledge of the operations of the Federal Trade Commission and its interactions and interplay with the Senate Commerce, Judiciary and HELP Committees, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee.   Working knowledge of the House and Senate Appropriations process.   Record of accomplishment of establishing consistent and regular communication with General Counsel related to events in Washington, DC influencing company’s initiatives.   Experience working in an industry that is continually fighting regulatory and legislative battles, i.e. tobacco, and red light cameras.   Experience with a company or industry that is viewed as a disrupter, such as Uber and Airbnb.   Working knowledge of FEC, PAC, and LDA rules. Previous work as a registered in-house lobbyist preferred.   Education A Bachelor’s degree is required.  Advanced degrees in law, public policy, advocacy and/or business preferred.
The Ferguson Group, LLC Washington, DC, United States
Apr 18, 2017
Full time
An Executive Assistant/Scheduler supports assigned professional staff to help meet the needs of their clients and firm duties. This position requires working hours of 8:00AM to 5:00PM, 8:30AM to 5:30PM or 9:00AM to 6:00PM, with occasional late evenings and early mornings. Regular attendance in the office is required as all Executive Assistants are responsible for answering phones and assisting with various other office administrative activities that support the entire office as well as assigned professional staff.     Client/Lobbyist Relations Meetings: Contacts congressional staff and federal agencies to schedule appointments; provides detailed meeting schedules for clients and staff; arranges catering services and restaurant reservations. Prepares and managers the client schedule, ensuring the lobbyist remains on schedule throughout the day, and attends to the lobbyist’s daily administrative needs. Client Materials: Compiles and photocopies material for meetings with members of Congress, their staff, and various federal agencies; prepares and assembles packets. Travel Arrangements: Arranges air travel, ground transportation and lodging for assigned professional staff. Submits vouchers for travel and expense reimbursement to accounting department for payment. Client Accommodations: Assists visiting clients with arranging ideal hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations, sightseeing tours, and Capitol Hill passes (i.e. White House tickets, Gallery passes). Internet Research: Locates articles on clients that are of interest or issue-related. Cooperation: Exhibits a “can-do” attitude. General Office Support Document Preparation: Prepares and assembles marketing packets, proposals and RFPs, quarterly LDA filings. Proof Materials : Proofreads, reviews and edits materials for accurate use of grammar and content; corrects any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors in original copy and checks accuracy of work before distribution. Billing : Prepares travel and expense reports; inputs data to billing software. Phones and Front Desk: Monitors incoming calls, takes messages, and returns calls for lobbyists and professional staff; arranges conference calls and regularly assists with front desk coverage. Team Work : Cooperatively works within the Administrative Team; initiates and provides support to non-assigned staff. Requirements: At least two to three years of Capitol Hill experience or the equivalent; Ability to work effectively under pressure and tight deadlines; Detail-oriented person capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously, with the ability to follow through to completion; Excellent communication skills, including proofreading and editing skills; Team player with a professional demeanor who is highly motivated, self-confident and who exhibits superb judgment and excellent initiative, while exercising discretion; Superior interpersonal skills and characteristics such as resourcefulness, tact and flexibility with the ability to communicate with a variety of personalities in a pleasant and professional manner; Ability to type 60 words per minute; Strong organizational and filing skills; Ability to perform essential job functions; Thorough knowledge of office administration, policies, practice and procedures; Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; Bachelor’s degree an advantage; Other duties as assigned.   Equal Opportunity Employer
National Athletic Trainers' Association Carrollton, TX, United States
Apr 06, 2017
Full time
We are seeking a manager of state government affairs with at least five years of relevant experience with state legislatures, policy, and advocacy. This position will report to the director of government affairs. The state government affairs manager will also be responsible for creating/managing a budget and supervising staff. Candidates with less than three years of experience in budget creation and supervising full-time staff need not apply. This position will work closely with state associations, and NATA’s federal affairs, reimbursement, public relations, and marketing staff to advance the profession of athletic training. It will also be responsible for managing the legislative grant program as well as providing advice and analysis to members regarding job setting, duties, and scope of practice. Ideal candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including but not limited to political science or public policy. Must be proficient with Microsoft office applications and have strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with state regulatory agencies a plus. Approximately 10% travel. Relocation is not offered for this position. Basic Responsibilities Governmental Affairs 1. Monitor state legislative and regulatory bodies for laws, rules and regulations that impact the profession of athletic training or competitors to the profession. 2. Organize and manage state grassroots campaigns to assist association leaders, members, volunteers and staff in lobbying for/against laws, rules and regulations that impact the profession of athletic training at the state and local levels. 3. Obtain and maintain state athletic training regulations and other closely-related allied health care professions' practice acts. Provide materials to members as requested. 4. Research and respond to member requests for information concerning relevant enacted and pending state legislation, judicial, and administrative activities that affect the practice of athletic training. 5. Provide information and materials on the legislative process, effective use of the legislative process, and for specific legislative undertakings (such as drafting letters for members to send to legislators and regulators; drafting model and state specific legislation; assisting with the identification of key governmental personnel; interacting with other organizations concerned with athletic training legislation). 6. Analyze and comment on athletic training regulatory legislation drafted and submitted for review by members. 7. Review testimony presented at regulatory hearings and develop arguments supporting athletic training regulation and rebutting opposition arguments. 8. Develop relationships with government personnel. Respond to requests from regulatory boards. 9. Identify legislative activities related to the health care arena, closely-related health professions, and issues pertinent to associations. Serve as a clearinghouse for state legislative activities. 10. Represent NATA at conferences such as BOC, NCSL, NGA, ALEC as well as other meetings as determined by management. Provide comprehensive report to management and list of key contacts for use by government affairs department and state/district associations. 11. Maintain addresses of state athletic training regulatory boards, synopsis of athletic training regulations, and list of regulated states. 12. Alert Governmental Affairs Council members, executive director, and associate executive director of important legislative or regulatory developments. 13. Develop governmental affairs educational workshops, panels and resources for states. 14 Prepare governmental affairs articles for publication in the NATA News, as needed. 15. Staff liaison to Governmental Affairs Council, including agenda preparation, coordination with Chair, and preparation of minutes. 16. Staff liaison to the Professional Responsibility Committee, including agenda preparation, coordination with the Chair, and preparation of minutes. Legislative Grant Program 1. Provide staff leadership to Government Affairs Council in ongoing review of criteria for legislative grant program. 2. Communicate and coordinate with state applicants for grants. 3. Process check requests, check documentation, record-keeping, and notification of payments to states. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Please visit for more information. We provide a full complement of benefits including generous leave policies and benefit money provided by NATA to be utilized toward a benefit package that makes sense for each individual employee. We also offer a 401(k) and pension plan, wellness and fitness benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional development, and flextime. If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with cover letter and salary requirements to EOE  
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