The Manager of Federal Government Affairs provides support to the Staff Vice President and Director of Federal Government Affairs on legislative and regulatory advocacy initiatives. Responsibilities include representing the Association at meetings with allied organizations and on Capitol Hill; synthesizing key messages and outcomes for the Government Affairs and Media Relations (GAMR) Center; monitoring and analyzing federal legislative/regulatory initiatives and proposals; developing and cultivating key contact networks and assisting with the development and implementation of grassroots advocacy initiatives. Assists the Director of Media Relations in the development of press releases, articles and other communications materials for media, and coordinates with SNA communications consultant(s) as needed.
Assists in the execution of Federal government affairs legislative plans, strategies and tactics.
Conducts active level of networking at SNA meetings and conferences to develop contacts.
Monitors, tracks and analyzes Federal legislation, legislative efforts and initiatives.
Responds as needed to inquiries from members regarding laws, regulations and policies affecting child nutrition programs.
Assists in developing and organizing Association’s grassroots advocacy efforts.
Provides support to Director of Media Relations with identification of advocate spokespersons, creation of press materials and document drafting, as needed.
Assists in the development of briefing and background materials for members and staff.
Provides support for meeting preparations and logistics for Center and members.
Assists in identifying opportunities for school nutrition education programs and outreach at allied organization conferences.
EDUCATION:Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
Three to four years or more experience in a non-profit organization or Congressional office working on Federal legislative issues.
Knowledge of Federal/state legislative and regulatory processes required.
Demonstrated work experience on Capitol Hill (Committee or Congressional office) covering legislative issues and operations preferred.
Work experience with non-profit organization volunteer leadership, preferred.
Demonstrated experience reviewing and analyzing complex Federal legislation and regulations and summarizing for non-technical audiences.
Demonstrated experience developing and cultivating networks to facilitate advocacy goals.
Demonstrated experience presenting advocacy goals and legislative priorities one on one and to small groups.
Demonstrated skills to track, translate and analyze complicated legislation, regulations and public policy issues for a variety of audiences.
Demonstrated ability to translate legislative issues into reports, newsletters items, briefing materials, remarks and web content and other materials.
Strong writing, drafting, proofing and grammar skills for routine correspondence, communication of policy and information, requiring minimal editing.
Demonstrated skills in writing and editing content for use on websites.
Strong customer service, verbal and interpersonal skills with proactive approach to providing telephone or email support, both internally and externally.
Demonstrated skills in collaboration, teamwork and working in a group to achieve specific goals and meet deadlines.
Strong, articulate, confident verbal presentation skills, for a variety of internal and external audiences.
Proficient skills in Microsoft Word applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and data base utilization.
Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adapt to organizational change.
Vision: Be the authority and resource for school nutrition programs. Mission: SNA is the national organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy. Values: •Collaboration, Relationship Building and Teamwork •Caring Commitment and Service •Lifelong Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles •Passion for Lifelong Learning a...nd Professional Development •Integrity and Ethics Strategic Goals: I. Education & Professional DevelopmentSchool nutrition professionals will have the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to administer, manage and deliver healthy school meal programs. II. Advocacy and Public Image Policy makers, school officials and parents will rely on SNA as the authority for designing and funding school meal programs. III. CommunitySchool nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through collaboration with members, state affiliates, industry and allied partners. IV. Infrastructure SNA will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance structure and headquarters staff organization that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary association business practices