The Director of Government Relations works closely with the Chief Lobbyist and Vice President of Advocacy to oversee ISRI’s legislative strategy and advocacy in the Executive and Legislative branches, including tracking federal legislative proposals that affect the recycling industry and advocating for their alignment with ISRI policies and positions; working closely with Executive agencies in support of ISRI policy and regulatory priorities, including in the area of sustainability; and administering and growing the PAC while executing ISRI’s grassroots outreach program. The Director of Government Relations could be a Democrat and must have an intimate knowledge of the U.S. Congress, including a unique ability to work well across the aisle and experience with writing legislation; have a strong understanding of Executive Branch agencies; be articulate and comfortable speaking in public; be able to travel 10-20% of the year and work well in teams.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
Work collaboratively with the Chief Lobbyist to develop and executive strategies that advocate for ISRI members’ core interests at the U.S. Federal level:
Represent ISRI on Capitol Hill and within the Administration;
Write policy and legislative proposals for proactive advocacy;
Track legislation for reactive engagement;
Develop and implement a grassroots/member and “call to action” strategy;
Manage and grow the ISRI PAC; and
Develop testimony for ISRI staff and members.
Coordinate with GR colleagues on policy development and advocacy at all levels of government;
Interact on a daily basis with ISRI members, including within chapters, the Board and its committees and directly to respond to their questions, suggestions and concerns about federal policy.
Work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability to develop and implement advocacy strategies in that field, including representing ISRI in meetings with the broader recycling stakeholder community.
Represent ISRI in government, stakeholder and media inquiries.
Write regular updates and reports about trends and developments in U.S. Federal policy.
A strong work ethic of team and non-partisan collaboration required;
Strong analytical, writing and public speaking skills required;
Ability to quickly absorb and analyze information on new topics;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and research resources required and social media preferred.
5 or more years’ relevant government and government relations experience, including at least one year on Capitol Hill;
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
About Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the “Voice of the Recycling Industry”. Nominated as one of 2019 top manufacturing associations to work for, ISRI represents more than 1600 companies in 20 chapters nationwide that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. For more information about ISRI, please visit www.isri.org.