Vice President of State Policy

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Nashville, TN


Position Description / Responsibilities

POSITION SUMMARY/ PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The VP of State Policy leads and implements the Chamber’s efforts in relationship-building, initiatives, programs and lobbying at the Tennessee state legislature and with the Governor’s administration to serve the Chamber’s strategic objectives. The VP of State Policy leads special projects of significance with state government on behalf of the Chamber including, but not limited to, creating the annual State legislative agenda, lobbying to the agenda, securing input from Chamber members during the legislative session, and producing the annual State Legislative Scorecard. The VP of State Policy also organizes signature events such as Tennessee on Tap legislative reception and the Governor’s Address. The VP of State Policy serves as the Chamber’s administrative support to state-focused Political Action Committees (PACs) and is liaison for the Chamber in its work with other chambers across Tennessee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Leads development and implementation of the Chamber’s State policy agenda through the annual policy survey, drafting the State policy agenda, lobbying to the agenda, facilitating member engagement in advocacy, and producing the annual State Legislative Scorecard.
  2. Expands and deepens relationships with State partners (including, but not limited to, elected and administrative officials, member volunteers, and partner chambers and economic development entities) to implement the State policy agenda. Lobbies State elected officials as needed to achieve the State policy agenda.
  3. Oversees and assists with the completion of special projects and critical core functions of the Policy Theatre that are related to the State including, but not limited to, the State Legislative Scorecard, Tennessee on Tap legislative reception and the Governor’s Address.
  4. Provides administrative assistance to the state Political Action Committee (PAC) and Independent Expenditure (C4) activities including developing a budget for candidate and member contributions from the organization’s PAC or corporate sources as permitted, ensuring organizational compliance, and assisting with annual PAC solicitations and with PAC-supported events. Provides knowledge of state legislators’ policy positions to the PACs and C4s.
  5. Monitors and analyzes legislation and policy action impacting the State to identify the impact on the Chamber’s ability to pursue its strategic objectives and provides policy expertise, analysis and development of solutions on issues at the State level.
  6. Effectively engages volunteers in the policymaking process through Middle Tennessee Business Voice and the Prosperity Leaders group of Chamber members volunteering to be more active in the Chamber’s policy work.
  7. Participates in developing the Policy Theater budget to meet the Chamber’s state legislative goals.
  8. Accountable for revenue goals related to State policy work as outlined in annual work plan

Position Requirements

A. KNOWLEDGE/EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

B. SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP AND/OR PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES:

Project management is a consistent and on-going aspect of this position. The VP of State Policy works closely with the Chief Policy Officer in developing and implementing specific products and initiatives including, but not limited to, developing and leading projects and initiatives, selecting participants and recruiting volunteers, making assignments, developing timelines and budgets, identifying deliverables and tracking performance and results.

Check the estimated percentage of time devoted to project work:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/REQUIREMENTS:


Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to the Chamber's employment email: employment@nashvillechamber.com

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