Position title: Government Affairs Liaison
Reporting to: American Horse Council (AHC) President
Job Description and Core Responsibilities:
- Lead the public policy, government relations and advocacy functions of the AHC.
- Oversee the development and implementation of an effective government relations agenda & strategy to advance AHC’s policy priorities through legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Develop plans to execute, track, and manage that strategy.
- Serve as primary contact for Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and federal agencies
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with key policymakers in Congress and the federal agencies.
- Represent the AHC at governmental and legislative forums, hearings, coalition meetings, and similar initiatives.
- Maintain an understanding of and keep current with all federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact the horse industry.
- Development materials and analyses that clearly and accurately convey federal legislative and regulatory developments for members of the AHC and horse industry stakeholders through use of Muster (Washington Updates, Action Alerts, etc.). Compilation of information for Tax Bulletin, Tax Fliers, Congressional Scorecard. Contribute to AHC Newsletter and other communications
- Direct AHC grassroots and advocacy campaigns, including oversight of annual congressional ride-in and youth ride-in. Develop plans to execute and track successes of ride in’s.
- Ensure compliance with federal lobbying disclosure requirements and laws. Ensure compliance (FERC) with all federal campaign contribution laws and disclosures.
- Build and maintain coalition relationships with industries and associations with shared interests. Coalition liaison with Economic Business (EBC), H2B, H2A, Tax Ag’s, Sports Coalition
- BS in political science (advanced degree in law, public policy, or relevant field a plus)
- 5-7+ years’ experience in government affairs, public policy, or issue advocacy
- Solid knowledge of the federal legislative process
- Knowledge of the Horse Industry is a plus
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated persuasive advocacy and negotiation skills and judgment
- Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners to achieve results
- Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time
The position is located AHC Office located in Washington DC, and some telecommuting is allowed.