Director of Public Records Access Resource

  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners
  • USA
  • Jun 14, 2019
Contract Advocacy Analyst / Researcher Government Affairs / Relations Other

Job Description

NAPBS Government Relations Director of Public Record Access


THE ROLE: Individual needed to lead the National Association of Professional Background Screeners’, (hereafter “the Association” or NAPBS) public record access efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director, the position will be tasked with carrying out the Association’s government relations goals and strategies through identifying, anticipating, monitoring, managing, updating and escalating issues that do or have the potential to impact NAPBS member access to important public record information across the US.


The successful candidate will work directly with NAPBS’ Government Relations Committee, the Public Records Access Subcommittee, the Board of Directors, and third party government relations partners hired or otherwise identified by the Association. The incumbent will leverage expertise and cultivate relationships between NAPBS and key court personnel at all levels of government and aid members in advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession.


The individual will have (or will develop) an in-depth understanding of the background screening profession, and will work to protect and advocate for the Association’s interests with respect to current and proposed public record access issues such as removal/restriction (or lack) of key public record details, failure to respond to public record requests, imposition of unreasonable court fees, extended delays in processing, budgetary cuts or constraints and other legislation or procedural changes which will impact the access of public records to our membership.


The NAPBS Government Relations Director of Public Record Access will need to build and maintain strategic relationships with members of relevant court personnel and key associations, as well as paid and volunteer resources that may work on NAPBS's behalf. They must keep NAPBS Leadership and Board up to date on relevant rules and regulations and consult with legal counsel as needed.


Reports to: Executive Director, NAPBS (TBD)


Direct Reports: N/A


Location: Flexible


Travel: 20-40% (TBD)


Key Responsibilities

  • Track, monitor and identify emerging developments within any court that will have impact to our members and profession.
  • Identify and advance the priorities and strategies of NAPBS in coordination with Government Relations Committee, Public Records Access Subcommittee, partners, members,senior association leadership and other association efforts as defined by Executive Director.
  • Provide guidance on the formulation of association positions, testimony, policy direction, proposed legislation and/or amendments to language of same, and create strategies for advocacy.  This will entail building relationships with staff, Board, contracted partners, legal counsel and Government Relations Committee and Public Record Access Subcommittee members.
  • Keep parties within NAPBS informed about ongoing developments on priority issues, both through participation in meetings and contributing updates on court activities through the communications and tracking methods available to members. This requires providing updates and agenda items for routine Government Relations Committee and Public Record Access Subcommittee Meetings and monthly Board meetings. This may also involve meetings, testimony and presentations with stakeholders, as well as media efforts.
  • Engage new and existing members and allies to engage on key priorities, providing leadership, direction and collateral for participants
  • Develop and present to the Association a comprehensive court personnel relations strategy to develop key long-term relationships, heighten the visibility of the Association and the profession in order to maximize its voice in the formulation of policy. This includes preparing necessary budget requests to support efforts.
  • Cultivate and maintain high-level relationships with key court personnel, industry leaders, and trade associations and other stakeholders in furtherance of Association goals.
  • Arrange meetings as appropriate, providing and educating members on talking points and written collateral, and performing follow up as appropriate.
  • Capitalize on internal Association expertise as well as external resources (trades, coalitions, retained counsel) to lead advocacy on significant issues for NAPBS or, where more effective, to influence outcomes indirectly through third party engagement.
  • Understand court’s needs and goals and how the NAPBS vision fits with and advances those goals.
  • Design, write and produce press releases, articles, testimony, leaflets, newsletters and reports, as required and in conjunction with other contracted partners.
  • Provide briefings on public record access matters to Association members at conferences and strategic planning, as requested.
  • Be flexible and available for travel.
  • Prepare and coordinate local lobbying efforts with members or local lobbyists, as needed.



  • 2-5 years of state government relations or related experience
  • Screening profession(consumer reporting agency) experience or similar regulatory experience strongly preferred
  • Proven success in legislative/regulatory advocacy
  • Knowledge of court systems and recordkeeping, especially as it applies to the screening profession
  • Ability to effectively interact with internal and external contacts
  • Strong analytical ability and research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp complex subjects and advocate for various member interests
  • Highly developed sense of diplomacy and discretion
  • Superior and persuasive oral and written communications skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and solid experience establishing and maintaining allies
  • Excellent academic credentials - a degree in public relations, politics, government, public administration, social policy, business studies, management, languages or law preferred. A J.D. is considered a plus.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects effectively

Leadership Competencies

  • Creates Partnerships - Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive objectives


  • Shares NAPBS Values - Integrity and ethics, Advancement of knowledge, Compliance, Service to our members, Collaboration, Proactive engagement


  • Focuses on our Members - Promotes member interests and ensures focus on creating value and resources for them


  • Drives Results - Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards for themselves and those they work with


National Association of Professional Background Screeners


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