Director of Public Affairs



REVISED:   October 2016                                                    TITLE:     Director, Public Affairs

LEVEL:        Director                                                            STATUS:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Public Affairs



This position provides primary direction on all operations of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council and its various committees, task forces and special programs, as well as oversight of the department’s annual policy events. This position is also responsible for assisting in the development and execution of the Chamber’s political and public policy strategies in conjunction with the Vice President of Public Affairs and serves as the primary point of contact on specific policy issue areas as determined by the Vice President of Public Affairs.  This position manages the day-to-day budget, facilitates all Public Affairs functions in the absence of the  Vice President of Public Affairs and manages and supervises the Public Affairs Specialist as well as the Public Affairs Intern.



  • Oversees all functions related to the planning, development and execution of the Chamber’s policy committees including the Public Affairs Council, Infrastructure Committee, Health Care Committee and the Education Task Force as well as other special programs.
  • Develops, implements and manages an annual strategic public affairs committee curriculum which supports the Chamber’s business objectives.
  • Collaborates closely with all other Departments to ensure alignment of strategies and initiatives for maximum benefit to Chamber membership.
  • Manages and executes any project/event work that comes from committee activities.
  • Represents the Public Affairs team at Chamber committee meetings, stakeholder group meetings or other coalition meetings.
  • Assists in the development and execution of the Chamber’s political and public policy strategies.
  • Identifies and researches public policy issues and legislative or congressional records to determine recommended strategies for engagement by the Chamber.
  • Tracks and provides analysis of legislation that impacts the business community, craft legislative testimony and assist in engaging membership in lobbying outreach/activities.
  • Manages details of annual legislative vote tracking activity, weekly Legislative Policy Committee meeting details and weekly communications with legislators/government officials. Assist with the development of advocacy messages around policy decisions.
  • Provides detailed oversight and management of public affairs/policy events, including budget requirements. Including but not limited to securing a presenting sponsor for said events and other logistical details.
  • Manages/provides content for the public affairs portions of the website and all publications (electronic and printed).
  • Assists in developing annual department budget, manage revenue and expense.
  • Facilitates all Public Affairs functions in the absence of the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications.
  • Supervises Public Affairs Specialist and Public Affairs Intern
  • Manages other projects as assigned.




EXPERIENCE:   5-10 years prior experience/interaction in the process surrounding the development and execution of public policy. Trade association experience, volunteer management background and budget skills necessary. Experience managing policy advocacy efforts a plus.


SKILLS:   Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, about dynamic and complex public policy issues and strategies. Ability to understand, synthesize and summarize key policy issues and provide concise reports to the Vice President of Public Affairs, the Vice President of Communications and the Chamber President among other team members.  Need to be versatile and flexible to manage constantly changing issue environments and details with insightful and deliberative strategic guidance. Need high degree of professionalism and ability to gain expert knowledge of an issue quickly. Need to be able to earn confidence of business leaders quickly.



RESPONSIBILITIES:   Supervise Public Affairs Specialist and any Public Affairs Interns assigned to the Department

EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:         Typical office equipment including personal computers.

Must be familiar with Microsoft Office and related software.

Database knowledge helpful. Ability to utilize multimedia and presentation equipment, a plus.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to lift 50 lbs. and ability to travel locally.

WORKING CONDITIONS:   Typical office environment for daily operations. Ability to operate in any environment where public policy decision making will occur.


SALARY: $50,000-$60,00 PER YEAR



Qualified applicants send a complete application to include: cover letter, résumé, references, and salary expectations to:

Attention: Stephanie Samano.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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