The Greater Memphis Chamber is seeking a Director of Public Policy to develop and implement a public policy agenda that supports economic development, job creation, and growth in the community. The position serves as an ombudsman for business in targeted sectors and at the individual company level relating to policy matters, and coordinates communication and advocacy of issues before the respective legislative bodies. The Director coordinates events such as meetings with officials, appears before legislative bodies as needed to represent the Chamber's position on key issues, and coordinates other events such as receptions for elected and appointed officials.
Through personal research and networking identify legislative and public policy issues that impact economic development and the business environment in the area.
Network with area political and business leaders to learn diverse perspectives and potential impact of proposed actions.
Formulate policy positions on identified issues that represent the Chamber's position and the interests of the area business community.
Present policy proposals to Chamber management and to the Chamber Board.
Monitor legislative activity, and strategize and advance interventions to influence legislation toward achieving a favorable outcome for Chamber constituents.
Support the work of the Chamber's Government Affairs Council, including assisting with development of the legislative agenda and producing legislative score cards annually.
Communicate Chamber policy positions to elected officials and community stakeholders with clarity and consistency.
Meet with elected officials to gain their support and active engagement in executing strategies.
Support Chamber members and other businesses with public policy concerns.
Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations that also work in the public policy arena and that share the Chamber's views on key issues.
Organize and/or host activities and/or events that will increase the public knowledge of the legislative process and pending initiatives.
Some travel to and from local and regional meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
A sound understanding of the legislative process and prior experience.
Knowledge of public sector processes and issues (e.g. taxes, infrastructure, legislative, etc.)
Ability to research and build documentation to support positions and develop compelling case for support by elected and appointed officials.
Sensitive to culturally diverse perspectives within the community.
Demonstrated experience working with senior business executives and elected and appointed governmental officials.
Diplomacy and consensus building skills are essential.
Ability to respect and preserve confidential or sensitive information.
Flexibility in adapting to changing work assignments and roles.
Demonstrated ability to make decisions independently and in a timely manner, exhibit sound and accurate judgment and have the conviction of his/her decisions.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel) and CRM software.
Work is conducted in a typical indoor office environment.
The Greater Memphis Chamber is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Greater Memphis Chamber