Vice President of Government Affairs

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The Vice President of Government Affairs serves as leader of the Chamber’s legislative affairs, political operations, and grassroots advocacy efforts, as well as a key team member for other advocacy functions such as policy development, events, special projects, and strategic partnerships. Measured primarily by deliverables driven toward implementing Chamber public policy priorities, electoral endorsement success, and overall progress within applicable organization-wide strategic pillars, this role is critical for an effective Indy Chamber advocacy presence and a vital piece to our overall significance and success as an organization and civic institution.

Requirements

  • Provides overall leadership to the Indy Chamber’s government affairs efforts and relationships with key government and political officials.
  • Ability to successfully manage relationships with core constituencies and leadership groups ranging from the Chamber’s boards and policy councils, and general membership to elected officials, civic organizations, and interest groups.
  • Skilled in consensus finding & building and in receiving input from several sources – that are often differing and competing interests – to implement toward best possible policy solutions.
  • Breadth of knowledge on public policy issues including but not limited to, tax and fiscal policy, economic development, utilities, transportation, infrastructure, health, education, workforce, criminal justice, and environment.
  • Experienced in electoral politics, but ardently non-partisan in demeanor, history, and public statement. Known by ‘key players’ in the local public/political arena.
  • Deep understanding of campaign finance, PAC management, electoral data, and polling.
  • Successful fundraiser and ability to create and sell shared/added value to membership and potential external PAC contributors.
  • Ability to effectively present in government testimony, media, and public-facing situations.
  • Knack to distill complex public policy issues and explain their implications to staff, stakeholders, and members on a routine basis.
  • Well-adept in cultivating and leveraging volunteer leadership for common goals.
  • Proud proponent of the Indy Region and strong history of local civic engagement and impact.
  • Proven organization-wide resource who is trusted by the leadership team and helpful to rank and file alike.
  • Well-versed in the creation of team budgets and a history of success in budget tracking/execution.
  • Proficient in third-party/contracted services e.g., Salesforce, HannahNet, VoterVoice, IN.gov
  • Familiar with relevant public policy and political history of the state and region to replicate what has been successful and avoid past barriers and pitfalls.
  • Government affairs strategy and execution at the local, state, and federal level
  • Business Advocacy Committee and political activities
  • Integration with other Chamber functions and business units, including regional economic development, membership sales and services, talent and image, marketing and communications, and inclusive growth.
  • External vendor and contracted services support, including contract lobbyists, writing/comms support, and political strategist/fundraising vendors.
  • Other initiatives and personnel as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs, Business, Political Science, or related program. 5+ years' experience in a similar role. Master's degree is a plus.

 

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