Who You Are We are looking for a motivated and conscientious Government Relations Associate who is ready to jump in and assist on multiple initiatives. In this role, you will use your knowledge of state legislative and regulatory processes and your research/organizational skills to manage a vast storehouse of information that enables our organization to position our staff as the country’s foremost experts in our field. In doing so, you will help build relationships that allow our organization to advance its mission of public protection.
To succeed in this role, you will have strong communication skills, analytical skills and excellent attention to detail. You will need planning and organizing skills and superb problem-solving skills.
The ideal candidate must have: • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science or related field • 2-3 years experience in public policy, legislative work, or related field required • 2-3 years experience working in a membership association preferred • Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing programs • Experience conducting research preferred
Who We Are We are two related nonprofit organizations with shared staff (that is, many staff working for both organizations, but with just one supervisor) located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We provide professional development opportunities for dental assistants and other dental auxiliaries, such as testing, professional certification and online education; we also conduct research to promote the profession and public health. We are a small, friendly office that is driven by our related public protection missions. We offer work/life balance with a 37.5-hour work week, plus benefits including health insurance, flexible benefits reimbursement, professional development assistance, generous vacation/PTO, 401(k) matching and more.
Competencies: • Analytical Skills • Attention to Detail • Communication Skills • Initiative • Job Knowledge • Planning and Organizing • Teamwork • Work Standards
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: A. Research and Monitoring (35-45%) • Monitor state dental board activities affecting dental assistants and report to supervisor • Assist in monitoring legislative activities • Contact directly state board staff to obtain information about proposed regulatory changes and topics discussed that affect dental assistants, or DANB or the DALE Foundation • Develop responses to state requests for information • Research and synthesize state regulatory information as requested by states • Research and compile changes to state laws and regulations pertaining to dental assistants, including but not limited to development of state-by-state tables and charts, as requested by Director, Government Relations • Conduct research for internal projects and external presentations
B. Publications (35-45%) • Assist with content and production of annual editions of State Fact Booklet and Career Ladder Template publications • Develop and assist in distributing drafts of state changes to each state dental board for review and approval; receive and track approvals/edits • Update documents with changes provided by states (e.g., DANB publications, marketing collateral) • Perform publishing tasks, such as spell check, proofing of layout, etc. • Collaborate with Marketing department to distribute publications to state dental board staff and leaders in the dental assisting community • Draft updates to state information for organizations’ websites
C. Administrative/Communications (10-15%) • Staff exhibit at meetings of American Association of Dental Boards • Mail/ship publications or other items to external stakeholders • Attend meetings/conference calls with stakeholders, take notes, and develop summary as assigned • Develop drafts of responses to incoming correspondence and information requests
D. Miscellaneous (2%) • Participate in training as needed • Perform other duties as assigned
Physical Demands: • Required to sit for long periods of time as well as light to medium lifting of supplies or equipment
Work Environment: • Work performed in an office environment • May involve travel 2-4 times per year to state dental board and national association meetings (e.g., AADB, NCSL)
Additional Salary Information: This position is hourly.
About DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) and The DALE Foundation
Who We Are
We are two affiliated national nonprofit organizations with shared office space and staff (that is, many staff working for both organizations, but with just one supervisor), located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We provide professional development opportunities for dental assistants and other dental auxiliaries, such as testing, professional certification and online education; we also conduct research to promote the profession and public health. We are a mid-sized, collaborative, friendly office that is driven by our related public protection missions. We offer work/life balance with a 37.5-hour work week, plus benefits including health insurance, a paired HRA and FSA, professional development assistance, generous vacation/PTO, 401(k) matching and more.