Under the guidance of the vice president of government relations this position is responsible for successful state legislative programs relevant to ATSSA members; serving as the association advisor on legislation and regulation that impacts members; educating and communicating with members regarding relevant targets and managing relevant events at the state level. This role builds out a best practices program to help chapters engage with elected officials at the state and local levels and supports these efforts.
STATE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS:
- Executes and manages system to monitor, review and react to legislation and regulations relevant to ATSSA and its members;
provides updates and overview of relevant issues and movement of priorities.
- Research legislation and regulations relevant to the roadway safety industry; makes recommendations on pursuit of policies within
- Executes a state legislative tracking program for issues relevant to ATSSA members.
- Recommends state government relations associations and coalitions; cultivates engaged advocates from states including key states
and local legislators and staff.
- Designs and implements a best practices approach with member chapters to help them develop, organize, and deliver successful
state advocacy programs (includes travel).
- In collaboration with member engagement staff, develops processes, systems, and tracking of members identified as state advocates
- Provides guides, guidance, and training to chapters and members on state government relations practices and processes.
- Organizes, schedules, and travels to state advocacy fly-in days.
- Represents ATSSA at state, local and national meetings and events.
- Develops and advises state level grassroots advocacy initiatives based on ATSSA’s strategic and operational plans.
- Explores legislative options to bring ATSSA-supported legislation from the state level to Washington when appropriate and vice
- Drafts content for communications and partners with ATSSA PR and marketing staff to promote state-specific programs, drafts
other documents and talking points to advance state-specific issues as necessary.
- In collaboration with the government relations staff and other departments, develops and executes the strategic and operational
plans for state government relations initiatives.
- In collaboration with the government relations staff and the finance department, develops and adheres to annual fiscal budget,
presents budget as needed.
- Other duties as assigned that drive the vision, fulfill the mission, and abide by the values of the association.
Education & Experience
A bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, or related field. At least five years of relevant state government relations experience, grassroots advocacy, and legislative experience. Experience in a member-based organization and/or in the roadway safety infrastructure industry.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Expert knowledge of legislative process; effective writing, editing, organization, and project management skills; detail-oriented; the proven ability to meet deadlines under pressure; at ease networking and communicating with various levels of an organization; ability to execute successful presentations; ability to collaborate in a team environment and experience working with volunteers; demonstrated ability to problem solve independently; ability to effectively analyze legislation; comfortable working in Microsoft Office applications.
The American Traffic Safety Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
About American Traffic Safety Services Association
The American Traffic Safety Services Association, an international trade association, is located in Fredericksburg, Va. Since 1969, ATSSA has represented companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry. Over 1,600 ATSSA members provide the majority of features, services and devices used to make our nation's roadways safer. These include pavement markings, road signs, work zone traffic control devices, guardrail, and other roadside safety features.