• Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
  • Mar 01, 2022
Full time Advocacy Analyst / Researcher Government Affairs / Relations Public Policy

Job Description

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing private sector leadership to stimulate the economic growth and improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region. Together with its affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) – the Conference focuses on improving the region’s economy and quality of life through a targeted agenda to Enhance Opportunity – making the most of our competitive advantages by positioning the Pittsburgh regional as a global location of choice for individuals and businesses; Strengthening Communities – working to reduce disparity and remove government barriers to community vitality; and Energize Tomorrow’s Economy by building our economy and improving our environment.


The position leads the analysis of proposed local government actions, determines the potential impact on the organization and works with the President to direct the organization’s policies and objectives involving local government and political affairs.  The position will be the primary lead on developing tools and resources, including any necessary fundraising, for regional political impact including management of any affiliated entities to implement the objectives in local government and political affairs. This position also utilizes strong public sector relationships and private sector partnerships to support and advance community and economic development in the Pittsburgh region.  Position reports to President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.


Government and Political Affairs 

  • Performs as a primary lead on behalf of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce on multiple local government and political issues including but not limited to:
    • local and regional government/civic policy such as zoning and permitting,
    • regional transportation/infrastructure policy,
    • local taxation policy issues,
    • general business operating environment in the Pittsburgh region. 
  • Directs policy research, drafting of policy briefs, benchmarking reports, talking points, legislative testimony and makes policy and advocacy recommendations for the organization. 
  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with key local and regional public sector leaders and their staffs, our member companies and organizations, and other community partners. 
  • Represents the organization as appropriate in outside meetings and public events.  Makes formal presentations to boards, committees, legislators, or other bodies, on governmental or public affairs, as requested. 
  • Establishes and implements mechanisms to leverage the knowledge, experience, and relationships of regional private and public sector leaders, particularly Regional Investors, for the purpose of achieving the government affairs goals.  
  • Primary manager for all regional and local political tools and resources including but not limited to, fundraising for local political activity, coordination of meeting agendas, publications, and communications – both internal and external.  Manages financial contracts and fundraising efforts with outside firms, where appropriate. 

Administration & Operations

  • Supports operational efficiency of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, identifies, designs, and implements administrative processes that ensure member and partner satisfaction. 
  • Manages and oversees tracking of public and private sector engagements, including meetings, roundtables, and other relationships as it relates to local political affairs. 
  • Assists in developing and managing the department’s budget; prioritizes and allocates available program resources; prepares, submits, and justifies requests for additional resources; prepares proposals and other materials to support program activities; recruits and manages consultants. 
  • Assists President in the coordination of a strategic communications plan by managing Government Affairs and Communications cross-team staff assignments and efforts. 
  • Develops a variety of reports, procedures, directives, and other materials to support the program goals; conducts oral presentations and briefings to the Regional Investors Council and ACCD committees among others. 
  • Provides staff support to commissions, committees and task forces where required. 
  • Performs other duties of similar nature as assigned or required.  Contributes to the efficiency of the organization by performing other duties and participating in special projects, as assigned.  


Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy or business is required. 

Skilled in examining and formulating legislative policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.  Understanding of the public policy process and how government operates on local, state, and federal levels. 

10+ years of experience in governmental or political affairs, public policy and/or community development.  Experience in developing and managing collaborative partnerships. 

Strong administrative, organizational, and operational skills.  Ability to develop strategies and take appropriate action with minimal direction.  Excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal/communications skills, to include public speaking.  Excellent project management skills.  Proficient in MS Office suites   


Allegheny Conference on Community Development


Competitive Salary