The Ferguson Group, LLC Washington D.C., DC, USA
May 19, 2021Full time
The Ferguson Group (TFG) is a bipartisan government relations consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, that represents the largest number of local governments of any firm in Washington. We are searching for a motivated Legislative & Policy Director that is interested in working with a fast-paced, dynamic team to support TFG’s lobbyists and client base. The Legislative & Policy Director will work directly alongside TFG partners and staff with decades of experience in public service and government relations who are working to make a direct and meaningful impact in communities across the U.S. The Legislative & Policy Director will serve as the firm’s primary client and lobbyist support manager with the general goal of providing support services to align federal government policy and legislation with the needs of the communities we serve. This position’s contributions are critical to helping TFG achieve client objectives such as providing needed water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure; supporting public safety and health efforts; protecting waterways and endangered species; addressing various environmental issues; rejuvenating neglected industrial areas into sustainable, vibrant economic communities; developing economic revitalization plans for blighted cities or neighborhoods; and aiding communities with disaster response and recovery. TFG values its employees and is committed to supporting their growth and advancement within the Firm. Position Objective: Directly contribute to the overall success of the Firm’s efforts to serve its clients by providing services to align federal government policy and legislation with the needs of the communities we serve. Basic Functions and Responsibilities, including, but not limited to: Provide ongoing support to client managers and meet the needs of their clients by tracking, monitoring, and reporting on legislation and federal policy that affects the firm’s client base. Requires a broad knowledge of legislative and policy matters across multiple issue areas that impact local communities (transportation, education, homeland security, energy and natural resources, budget, etc.). Research, track, analyze and draft summaries of legislation and federal policies important to TFG clients, develop interactive advocacy materials for clients to communicate their position on those issues, and provide those materials to clients in a timely, efficient manner. Regular, effective, and timely interactions with clients during all phases of the consulting/lobbying process. Meet with clients and client managers to develop a clear understanding of the client’s priorities that will inform client advocacy. Assist with Congressional Member and agency official meetings regarding client’s needs. TFG manages several coalitions and conference support is required. Conference support entails securing speakers, setting up panels, drafting fact sheets and briefing materials, and coordinating Congressional meetings. Participate in practice group meetings to stay on top of issues relevant to firm clients and provide legislative support when necessary. Produce weekly legislative updates on Monday to be distributed to the Firm’s clients. Attend congressional hearings and industry briefings as assigned by client managers and draft memos to distribute to clients. Assist with topic-specific webinars (ex: law enforcement, transportation, etc.). Involvement can range from recruiting guest speakers from agencies, developing the content for the webinar, being a moderator, and facilitating the Q&A session at the end. Provide real time updates on the Firm’s blog on legislative issues of interest to the Firm’s client base and on relevant grant opportunities. Will require daily review of relevant news sources and congressional activity. Education: At a minimum, candidates will have earned a Bachelor of Arts or Science in political science, public policy, public administration, economics, English, history, environmental sciences, urban planning, or related disciplines and five years of experience in government relations or other related fields. Preferred candidates will be working towards or have earned an MA/MPA/MPP or related disciplines. Candidates must be available to work full time. Requirements: Knowledge of federal legislative and executive branch procedures and policies; knowledge and experience in advocacy. Ability to scan periodicals, press releases, and similar publications and provide real-time updates on legislative and policy matters to TFG personnel and clients. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to operate with minimum supervision, take initiative, and produce results in an expeditious, timely manner; to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals and use independent judgment effectively. Ability to use TFG subscriptions and other sources of information to maintain legislative and policy tracking materials to inform client advocacy. Ability to spot trends, problems, issues and notify the appropriate individuals. Ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision making. Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Requires exceptional analytical and organizational skills and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks and tight deadline pressures. Ability to write clearly and logically and to give presentations and facilitate meetings in pressure situations. Ability to work under pressure, with interruptions and deadlines and the ability to face deadlines without losing attention to detail and complete tasks and required documentation in a timely manner. Demonstrated ability to be organized and flexible in an environment that requires continuous monitoring of priorities. Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, and internet functions. TFG requires all applicants to submit a policy-related writing sample. Sample not to exceed two pages. If you are interested in TFG’s Legislative & Policy Director position, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample and indicate your availability. The subject line of your email should contain the words "Legislative & Policy Director."