Directs and promotes the Chamber’s local, city and county public policy initiatives.
Serves as the liaison between business and all local levels of government.
Leads the development and execution of the Chamber’s public policy agenda at City and County levels of government.
Works with staff and volunteer teams in the creation and execution of events and programs designed to: educate members on policy issues, engage volunteers in advocacy, and facilitate interaction between volunteers and elected officials.
Provides support to the Vice President of Public Policy.
Monitors city and county ordinances affecting business and, in consultation with the President, Vice President of Public Policy and volunteer leadership, suggests appropriate action.
Attends relevant City and County committee meetings to keep Chamber leadership and membership informed.
Builds community consensus on public policy issues through partnerships, councils, workshops, media releases and public speeches.
Represents the Chamber and business community during public policy events and serves on boards and councils central to the community’s enhancement of public policy initiatives.
Maintains a close working relationship with local elected officials.
Assists the Advocacy and Policy Committee as needed to make decisions on sensitive local public policy issues.
Produces items for the Chamber’s e-newsletter as well as messages for Chamber social media.
Provides logistical support and planning for Asheville site visits by Chambers from other communities.
Provides leadership for planning and implementing the annual Elected Officials Reception.
Plans and implements Public Policy Forums and Summits concerning local issues.
Provides input on the selection of the Chamber’s annual Excellence in Public Policy award.
Serves as liaison for the Young Professionals Association and helps cultivate young leaders to further the business community voice in the region.
Performs other duties as assigned by either the President/CEO or VP of Public Policy.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Relations, Journalism, Communications or related field. Prior work experience of up to 10 years in an industry-related position.
Must be able to effectively communicate and represent the Chamber’s position, programs and services to the public, media and membership. Knowledge of computers and related software is essential. Requires knowledge of Chamber members, organizational structure, departmental programs and sources for information. Must possess management and organizational skills to coordinate work of volunteers as needed, maintain files and logs, write, proof and edit copy and compile data to generate reports. Must possess excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, subordinates and the general public.
COMPLEXITIY OF DUTIES:
Performs duties according to established Chamber guidelines and procedures. Initiative and resourcefulness are used to implement and maintain programs and apply creative communication strategies to meet the Chamber’s goals.
Works under the supervision of the Vice President of Public Policy.
REPONSIBILTY FOR ACCURACY:
Responsible for the accuracy of work performed. A high level of accuracy is required when preparing communications material.
CONTACT WITH OTHERS:
Has frequent internal contact with the President, Department Vice Presidents, and department staff. External contact includes frequent calls and meetings with elected officials, community leaders, volunteers, Chamber members, and the media, as appropriate to the topic and at the pleasure of the President. All contacts are for the purpose of exchanging or providing information and require tact, courtesy and professional decorum.
Has access to management discussions and employee files, which are considered confidential and would not be in the Chamber’s best interest to disclose.
The degree of concentration ranges from slight to intense based on the work being performed. Position is subject to frequent interruptions that require varied responses. While performing duties of the job, incumbent is routinely required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arm, talk and hear. Occasional lifting and bending is required. Requires visual acuity, manual dexterity and good eye/hand/foot coordination.
Works in a normal office environment.
EXTENT OF SUPERVISION:
Supervises, motivates, evaluates and determines work priorities for assigned personnel.
The successful candidate will earn a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) plan, life insurance, disability insurance, 10 paid holidays and PTO leave.
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
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