VP, Regional Policy

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Nashville, TN

Position Description / Responsibilities

Job Title:               Vice President of Regional Policy    

Department:       Policy

Reports To:             Chief Policy Officer                                         

FLSA Grade:           Exempt

Direct Reports:   None




The VP of Regional Policy leads and implements the Chamber’s efforts in relationship-building, initiatives, programs and lobbying that serve the Chamber’s strategic objectives across the Middle Tennessee region (14 counties). The VP of Regional Policy leads special projects of regional significance on behalf of the Chamber including, but not limited to, Vital Signs and provides critical support on Moving Forward. The VP of Regional Policy serves as the Chamber’s administrative support to regional-focused Political Action Committees (PACs) including transit-related PACs.     



1.       Leads development and implementation of the Chamber’s regional policy agenda through the annual policy survey, drafting the regional policy agenda, lobbying to the agenda, facilitating member engagement through the Middle Tennessee Business Voice online tool, and producing the annual Regional Legislative Scorecard.

2.       Expands and deepens relationships with regional partners (including, but not limited to, elected and administrative officials, non-profits with regional scope, member volunteers, and partner chambers and economic development entities) to implement the regional policy agenda. Lobbies regional elected officials as needed to achieve the regional 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 Middle Tennessee region including the regional portion of the legislative agenda, Vital Signs (lead staff) and Moving Forward (support to Chief Policy Officer).

4.       Provides administrative assistance and knowledge of regional elected officials’ policy positions and actions to regional-level political action committees (PACs) including, but not limited to, transportation-related PACs.

5.       Monitors and analyzes legislation and policy action impacting the Middle Tennessee region 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 regional level.

6.       Effectively engages volunteers in the policymaking process through Middle Tennessee Business Voice and through the Moving Forward volunteer effort.

7.       Participates in developing the Policy Theater budget to meet the Chamber’s regional legislative goals.

Position Requirements



§  Graduate of an accredited university required, with an advanced degree preferred.

§  Five or more years of experience with a proven track record in public policy or government affairs.

§  Strong working knowledge of local legislative processes in Middle Tennessee preferred.

§  Prior experience successfully managing a budget and generating revenue preferred.

§  Knowledge of transportation/transit/mobility policies and strategies preferred.

§  Demonstrated passion for Middle Tennessee and a commitment to ensuring that business concerns are represented in regional policy decisions.



§  Professional maturity.

§  Strong strategic planning capabilities.

§  Excellent written and oral communication skills including public speaking.

§  Ability to quickly adapt to changing policy circumstances in a fast-paced political environment.

§  Outstanding interpersonal relations skills.

§  Ability to work with diverse constituencies and build consensus and coalition across differing viewpoints.

§  Ability to demonstrate balance in perspective – understands and supports the values of the Chamber while respecting the values of all points of view.

§  Competence in creating and meeting budgets.

§  Ability to manage multiple projects and the work of multiple staff.

§  Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks and work with internal and external stakeholders simultaneously.

§  Self-motivated with the ability to work with little supervision.

§  Ability to work outside normal business hours.

§  Knowledge of PC functions and Microsoft Office Applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.




§        80% or more

§         50% to 80%

§         Less than 50%

§  X  This position does not have supervisory responsibilities





Project management is a consistent and on-going aspect of this position. The VP of Regional Policy works closely with the Chief Policy officer in developing and implementing projects, 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:

§         Less than 25%

§         25% to 50%

§  X  More than 50%




§  Typically sitting at a desk or table.

§  Occasionally lifting light objects (less than 24 pounds).

§  Intermittently walking, standing, bending and carrying.

§  Requires use of use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.

§  Manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity needed.

§  Some repetitive motion is involved.

§  Work is performed in an office or computer room.

§  Work requires visits to businesses, elected officials and economic and Chamber partners in the Middle Tennessee region.

§  Position requires travel out of the Middle Tennessee region less than five percent of the time.



Application Instructions

To Apply


Submit to cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@nashvillechamber.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone inquiries please.


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