The Assistant Director of Government Relations serves as an association lobbyist for a statewide membership association representing educational leaders in New Jersey. The Assistant Director is responsible for advancing the association's policy and advocacy goals before the U.S. Congress, the Governor's Office, the New Jersey State Legislature, state and federal agencies, and regulatory boards impacting public education.
1. Tracks, researches, analyzes and develops policy recommendations on proposed legislation, policy, and administrative code proposals impacting public education and school leaders.
2. Assists in the development of association strategy, political engagement, policy and legislative positions and grassroots advocacy efforts to promote the association's policy agenda.
3. Updates and advises Association leadership and members on legislation, regulatory proposals, political issues affecting the membership and the promotion of the association's advocacy agenda.
4. Prepares and presents association testimony and position statements before the U.S. Congress, the N.J. State Legislature and relevant agencies and boards.
5. Develops and maintains strong, trusted working contacts with government officials, members of Congress, state legislators and relevant staff, as well as relevant coalition organizations.
5. Works directly with association members, committees, county organizations and association leadership to establish and promote association policy goals, positions and strategy.
6. Assists in fundraising efforts, legal filings and the operations of the association's independent political action committee.
7. Maintains and submits timely and accurate lobbying activity reports under relevant law.
8. Writes articles, alerts, position statements, and membership updates for association publications and website.
9. Assists in the organization, coordination and promotion of the association's Legislative Conference and relevant organizational events and conferences.
1. Direct lobbying experience required.
2. Knowledge and experience with the workings of state and federal government.
3. Knowledge of education issues. Knowledge of finance and budget matters preferred.
4. Excellent written, verbal communication and technology skills.
5. Demonstrated research skills and the ability to collect, organize and analyze data from multiple sources.
6. Bachelors Degree required, Masters or J.D. preferred.
The NJ Principals and Supervisors Association is a statewide professional organization representing educational leaders in New Jersey schools. This membership services organization is dedicated to the promotion of educational excellence through the ongoing support of New Jersey's school leaders through government and policy advocacy, legal assistance, leadership programs, professional development and retirement counseling.