Advocacy Manager

Washington, DC
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Full Time
JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Manager, Advocacy and External Engagement Department: Council Relations Reports To: Assistant Vice President, Advocacy and External Engagement FLSA Status: Exempt Direct Reports: N/A Salary: Starting at $76,200 About NCARB: The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is a nonprofit organization made up of the architectural licensing boards of 55 states and territories. While each jurisdiction is responsible for regulating the practice of architecture within its borders, NCARB develops and administers national programs for licensure candidates and architects to ensure they have the mobility to go wherever their career takes them. Learn more at . Summary: The Manager, Advocacy and External Engagement reports to the Assistant Vice President, Advocacy and External Engagement and is a highly collaborative role that supports Council-wide advocacy initiatives and shared goals and objectives set by NCARB leadership. The Manager, Advocacy and External Engagement is primarily responsible for contributing to the development and management of the advocacy agenda, helping build relationships with external partners, and furthering the Council the strategic initiatives. This individual has working knowledge of Council programs and services and provides excellent service to internal and external stakeholders in all matters related to the advocacy and external engagement initiatives. They are also responsible for monitoring legislative trends, helping inform strategic responses to legislative challenges, managing advocacy projects and developing and editing content to support staff, programs and services (eg, letters, talking points). Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Open Under project supervision, this position will manage the execution of the advocacy agenda, support internal and external stake holders in response to legislative challenges. Build coalitions internally and externally (with peers, direct reports, team members, Member Boards, volunteers, collateral and associated organizations, etc.) to contribute to the Council strategic initiatives. Facilitate cooperation and teamwork throughout the organization. Communicate and operate in an open manner so that decisions and actions are clear and visible. Help advise Specialist, Advocacy and External Engagement in the completion of their work. Consult with and keep supervisor informed on status of all projects. Responsive Embrace ownership and take responsibility for the outcomes. Follow through on commitments. Be open to feedback and flexible to changing needs, priorities, and resources. Participate in outreach events as needed. Restless Consistently exercise sound judgment; and professional, expert, courteous, respectful, and responsive service to internal and external stakeholders. Serve on and occasionally lead high performing team of staff and volunteers (where appropriate). Include appropriate people in decision making process, consider diverse perspectives and experiences. Ensure that the Council builds on these differences to reach unbiased and well-reasoned decisions. Treat customers, colleagues, and employees in a fair and equitable manner. Reinforce organizational branding throughout the Council. Core Responsibilities - Department Specific Strategic Contribute to the development and management of the annual work plan for the maintenance, and administration of programs and services in the Council Relations Advocacy and External Engagement programs. Consult with Assistant Vice President, Advocacy and External Engagement on identifying ways to grow and expand advocacy programs and furthering partnerships with external organizations. Collaborate with team to regularly assess the efficiencies of Advocacy and External Engagement policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure best practices and process improvement. Implement policy and procedural changes as adopted. Member Board Relations and Advocacy Collaborate with Assistant Vice President Advocacy and External Engagement to direct advocacy agenda to support strategic initiatives and responses to legislative challenges. Advise and collaborate with Specialist, Advocacy and External Engagement. Research and analyze relevant legislative and regulatory trends impacting architecture, other design professions, and to the broader professional licensing community. Assess impact of legislation on Council programs and services and suggest actions and solutions to Assistant Vice President, Advocacy and External Engagement. Collect and analyze empirical and analytical information related to architecture legislation. Draft proposals and recommendations for Member Boards on implementation of key initiatives. Draft policy background memos and research report summaries. Develop and edit content for projects - including reports, surveys, letters, etc.; and assist with proofreading. Maintain library of resources as used by Member Boards to assist each other. Respond to inquiries from state licensing boards, collateral partners, and internal teams regarding statues and rules at the state level. Collaborate with Advocacy and External Engagement team members (including Specialist, Advocacy and External Engagement) to provide support for strategic initiatives. External Engagement Prepare briefings and supporting material for senior level staff and officers for outreach visits to Member Boards and AIA (American Institute of Architects) state components. Help manage relationships with external partners to advance the Council's advocacy agenda. Generate content ideas and proofread for blog posts and other external communications about legislative and political trends for member boards and other stake holders. Project Management Assist senior team with planning of project tasks. Serve in project management roles for council-wide initiatives. Serve as a staff liaison to Council committees as directed. Assist with administrative duties such as supporting and organizing events and conferences, database management, and special projects as needed. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Bachelor's Degree in Political Science or related field; or, combination of substantial related experience, training, and education may substitute. 5 or more years of relevant experience in a national, state and/or local public policy arena, advocacy or similar environment using strong analytical skills and competence to undertake assignments with minimal supervision, strong interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication and, well-developed presentation and reporting skills. Prior experience with regulatory agencies and/or state government desired. The ability to build strong relationships with internal and external customers. Attention to detail and can coordinate multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated proficiency using technology and a wide variety of software applications to include Adobe (PDF) Applications and Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point and state legislative tracking services. Some travel (including weekends) may be required. Benefits NCARB's employees enjoy a comprehensive set of benefits that include strong support for health and wellness, some nice perks, and professional development. Some highlights include: Competitive pay Medical, vision, and dental Benefits Paid parental leave Life and disability insurance 401k Tuition reimbursement All-staff outings and retreats Full access to LinkedIn Learning, supporting self directed/curated professional development NCARB is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. NCARB is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know. PI146982269

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