The Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Program Manager recommends, implements, and manages strategies of the State Government Relations Program, including the execution, and reporting of department goals, strategies, tactics and metrics. The Program Manager is responsible for oversight of AMTA’s state legislative and regulatory program. . The program manager shall provide leadership to chapter volunteers and standing committees to create a high quality and satisfactory government relations climate for the profession of massage therapy while delivering high value to the members. The program manager performs research on state legislative and/or regulatory activity of interest to the association and reports research findings to internal and external stakeholders in a timely fashion.
Manages AMTA’s efforts to influence proposed legislation and initiate specific legislation to benefit the massage industry. .
Develops credible working relationships with public officials and staff and regulatory agencies abiding by all laws and established guidelines.
Collaborates with other companies, industries and non-governmental organizations to advance AMTA’s legislative goals
Make strategic recommendations; monitor, track and provide regular reports on state legislative and/or regulatory activity affecting the massage therapy profession.
Build relationships with chapters regarding legislative initiatives to better track and provide guidance and counsel that supports AMTA’s goals, policy and bylaws.
Act as liaison to national stakeholders on state legislative and/or regulatory issues of importance to the association. Develop and implement a strategic plan that manages communication between and among all AMTA Government Relations internal and external stakeholders pertaining to state legislative and/or regulative issues.
Recognize and develop ways to enhance AMTA’s legislative position by evaluating and analyzing changing political environments and recommending solutions.
Conduct planning and training meetings with chapter volunteers and government relations leaders at the state level regarding legislative action and lobbying as needed.
Create and implement annual plans to deliver value to the membership
Deliver quality customer service in a timely manner with delivering solid knowledge based responses.
May serve as a staff team leader or liaison. In this capacity, ensures standing committee, workgroup and/or operational committee assigned fulfills its charges and/or stated purposes and meets identified measurable objectives within budget and on deadline.
Regularly provides written reports to the Director, Government and Industry Relations
Perform all other duties as assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Three - five years’ experience in state and/or federal legislative issues, preferably with a knowledge of state-level licensure of professionals. The ability to analyze legislation to determine its impact on the practice of individual practitioners or their business is critical.
Three - five years’ experience with strategic and program planning including effectively developing and managing objectives and measures, program activities, communications plans and budgets.
Proven ability to effectively manage a variety of tasks and deadlines on time and within budget.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, including successful collaboration with volunteer leaders and their grass-roots initiatives.
Public speaking skills, excellent written, oral, and presentation skills, including proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Familiarity with the requirements and limitations of 501(c) (6) IRS status.
Education and Experience:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required.
Minimum of three - five years of legislative or lobbying experience with professional member associations and ideally an emerging profession.
A demonstrated history of highly-successful advocacy, lobbying, and communications activities.
A strong ability to organize and direct strategic campaigns to meet industry, legislative, regulatory and administrative objectives.
Minimum of three - five years of work with volunteer boards and committees.
In addition, successful candidates at this level in the organization must exhibit the following skills and behaviors:
Acceptance of responsibility; Ability to analyze situations, exhibit good judgment and make sound, ethical decisions;
Ability to collaborate, cooperate and be flexible;
Ability to direct/develop employees;
Ability to plan and manage both operations and costs;
Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form;
Service/management of AMTA customers including volunteers, members, and vendors.
This position requires some evening and weekend work. Individual must have the ability to travel up to 60%.
About American Massage Therapy Association
The American Massage Therapy Association is devoted to serving its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. Utlizing the talents of its professional staff these goals are achieved while offering a diverse, challenging and friendy work environment.