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Coordinator, Public Policy Policy and Government Affairs

Summary of Position
The Coordinator, Public Policy assists the Vice President of Public Policy and the members of the public policy team policy research, writing, administrative, and other activities in support of the team’s and Association’s missions.  Assists the Vice President of Public Policy in promoting the Association’s interests; engaging in industry public policy matters; and enhancing the Association’s presence and role in the association, business, and policymaker communities. 
Principle Duties  
Assists the Vice President of Public Policy and the members of the public policy team with local, state, and federal public policy responsibilities; policy campaign activities; coalition and ally relations; research; writing; administrative, and other functions in support of team’s and Association’s missions.
Assists Vice President of Government Affairs and the public policy team with scheduling, travel arrangements, expense reports and other administrative functions.
Enhances the Association’s outreach to, and relationships with, public officials, associations, allies, coalitions, and others.
Represents the Association at various conferences, meetings, and events.
Travels to external events to represent the Association and its partners. 
Assists in the management and coordination of public policy meetings and events.
Assist the public policy team in:
     o Tracking and monitoring state, local and federal legislation and regulations.
     o Developing PowerPoint presentations
     o Producing legislative summaries and reports.
     o Maintaining and updates public policy tracking materials.
     o Coordinating member company outreach activities.
     o Event and meeting planning.
Other duties as assigned.
Secondary Duties
Works on special projects and other duties as required helping to promote department’s success
Assists as needed with association events
Assists as needed with grassroots mobilization campaigns
Position Specifications
1.  Essential Use of Following Tools 
Association membership database
Advocacy management software
Legislative tracking software
News and information filtering software
Fax Machine
2.  Essential Training/Certifications
Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred
2 years of experience in public policy or federal government affairs
Experience in or knowledge of the hospitality industry is preferred
Experience working in a trade association, legislature, or lobbying firm is preferred
3.      Essential Skills/Knowledge 
Strong writing, editing, reading and math skills
Detail-oriented with a dedication to accuracy and thoroughness
Significant business and stakeholder relationship building experience
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
Computer literate (Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint applications)
Ability to learn other computer software programs, and enter and maintain accurate data/information
Ability to maintain confidentiality of work records
Strong organizational skills
Flexible and resilient
Problem-solving and time management skills
Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills 
Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently
Significant communication skills in written and verbal formats; showcases clear and concise manner
4.   Essential Mental Requirements
Must be able to work as an integral part of a team
Must be able to maintain good rapport with all departments
Must be able to understand the importance of the position for the Association’s success
Must be on time and with a minimal amount of absence
Must be able to make complex decisions for tough problems
Must be able to cope within a fast-paced work environment; and persevere with tenacity
Must be able to manage multiple projects; separating mission critical from the non-strategic; with minimal supervision 
Must have the ability to accept change and be flexible; focusing on action and outcomes
Must be able to act with honor, character and integrity

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