The National Association of Counties (NACo) announces an opening for an Associate Legislative Director for Environment, Energy, and Land Use. The occupant of this position assists in directing NACo’s Environment, Energy, and Land Use policy agenda. The position requires knowledge and understanding environment, energy and land use issues affecting local governments and also requires the ability to develop and maintain effective contacts with federal government officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, and other executives and lobbyists working for public interest organizations.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the Legislative Director, the Associate Legislative Director: works with Congress, the White House and federal agencies, through formal and informal meetings and contacts, to advance NACo policy decisions on legislation and regulations impacting counties;
- relates legislative information to county officials, writes testimony for presentation at congressional hearings, attends mark-ups and works as liaison with public interest groups to coordinate efforts and build support;
- works with federal agencies on proposed rules and also after the rulemaking process to implement programs once legislation is enacted;
- attends agency meetings and reviews implementing regulation to ensure county input;
- provides staff assistance to NACo’s Energy, Environment, and Land Use Steering Committee, plans and organizes meetings of the committee, provides information and guidance to the committee on legislation within its functional area of responsibility, issues regular updating reports to the committee on pending legislation, arranges speaking engagements for committee members and provides supporting information as necessary;
- presents actions of Congress and federal agencies relative to legislative issues to the membership in a format that: (1) imparts information; and (2) provides guidance for field support of lobbying efforts in Washington, including County News articles and interviews for outside publications;
- works closely with the Associate Legislative Directors for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Public Lands, and Transportation and assists them with NACo priority legislative issues in developing grass roots lobbying strategies;
- assists in preparing for and conducting meetings and seminars held in conjunction with NACo conferences;
- serves as liaison with state associations and affiliates involving oral and written communications (including public speaking) regarding pertinent legislative activities; and
- performs supportive administrative duties such as developing and maintaining files on activities and providing answers, both oral and written, to membership inquiries on legislative matters.
The Associate Legislative Director must possess the following skills and qualifications:
- bachelor's degree plus four years' experience, or master's degree plus two years' experience, or seven years of related experience;
- thorough knowledge and understanding of environment, energy and land use related issues affecting locals including the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation Recovery Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, water and wastewater issues, and national energy policies and programs;
- thorough knowledge of intergovernmental relations and functions of government at all levels;
- thorough knowledge of county structure and government;
- excellent oral and writing skills and analytical ability; strong advocacy skills;
- good political judgment;
- sensitivity and tactfulness in dealing with issues and personalities;
- sensitivity to the political realm as it impacts upon county affairs;
- sensitivity to county issues; and
- skills in computer word processing, spreadsheets and Internet use.
Reports to the Director of Legislative Affairs. Is expected to function with a reasonable amount of independence.
Persons interested in this position should submit a resume and cover with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Employees of NACo enjoy a challenging environment and a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidy; flexible work schedules; and a productive, positive and fun work environment.
NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.