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Government Affairs Counsel/Lobbyist

Company: CBIA
Location: Springfield
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Job Description:

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) is the largest, most representative business organization in the state. Our members include businesses of all sizes from nearly all industries in Connecticut. We are the leading voice at the State Capitol and before regulatory agencies for policies that promote economic growth, a fiscally responsible state government, and a dynamic business climate. In addition, we provide a range of quality business services to member companies. As an employer, our goal is to partner with individuals who want a career- not just a job. We offer competitive compensation; good benefits and a fun, energetic, fast paced work environment. We are looking for an individual who can provide a positive, credible and influential presence for CBIA and our organizations members before the state legislature and various state agencies. The role requires an in-depth knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process and issues important to the business community. It involves significant time and direct interaction with public officials, their staff, CBIA members, other business lobbyists, and the media. Primary Responsibilities: Contribute to the development of CBIAs yearly Government Affairs Program, which is our main advocacy agenda; represent and advance this agenda before elected officials and government decision makers. Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and government decision makers on behalf of CBIA. Monitor and track proposed legislation; analyze potential impact on CBIA members; develop positions thereon; communicate views internally and externally (to policymakers, CBIA members, the media, and potential allies). Write and deliver testimony before various committees of the General Assembly and administrative agencies Collaborate with key associations, trade groups, and coalition partners. Coordinate activities with colleagues in CBIAs Public Policy Division, legislative tours, grassroots advocacy, speeches, and the Adopt a Legislator Program. Write articles for the Government Affairs Report; produce materials for the membership on public policy issues; contribute to the monthly CBIA News magazine. Follow all lobbying and election laws and comply with all applicable reporting requirements. Education/Experience Requirement Licensed to practice law in Connecticut. Strong analytical, creative and decision making skills. Strong persuasive communication skills, both oral and written. The capability to recommend both active and reactive positions and strategies for accomplishing the organizations public policy goals. Ability to understand complex public policy and economic issues. Ability to work independently and utilize teamwork and other total quality practices to ensure customer satisfaction.- Knowledge of administrative, legislative and regulatory practices preferred. Flexibility and willingness to work long hours when called upon during the legislative session.

Keywords: CBIA, Springfield, Government Affairs Counsel/Lobbyist, Government & Protective Services, Springfield, Massachusetts

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