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  • Director of Public Affairs

    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    Job Description

    Position Title:                   Director of Public Affairs

    Reports to:                         President/CEO

     
    Job Purpose:      The Director of Public Affairs leads the TwinWest Chamber’s public policy and business retention and expansion divisions of the chamber.
     
    Overview:  This person possesses an extreme working knowledge of the political arena and leading business issues, an innate ability to build relationships with diverse thought leaders, an open mind and a strong will, and the ability to raise funds from a variety of sources to support our work.  This candidate will be able to quickly find common ground, build consensus, and have demonstrated success in working in a non-partisan manner.
     
    The Director of Public Affairs will be a valued asset for TwinWest Chamber members, as well as being a trusted ally, respected adversary, effective advocate, and sought-after resource for a wide variety of TwinWest Chamber stakeholders (elected officials, municipality and school district leadership, other business and civic associations, government officials, community leaders, etc.).
     
    Leadership and Strategy:
    • Enhance and lead the public policy program including strategic direction, program development (including the monthly Issues & Insights program), and issue generation for the chamber and the political action committee (PAC).
    • Serve as the organization’s liaison with elected and appointed government officials.  Primary responsibilities are on local advocacy efforts, as well as, support and guidance for state advocacy efforts and federal issues where warranted.
    • Provide staff leadership and guidance to the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council and PAC including complying with state election laws for PAC contributions. Prepare quarterly PAC filings with the state.
    • Develop, coordinate and lead partnerships with organizations including MN Chamber, MN Business Partnership, trade associations, other chambers.
    • Develop and supervise implementation of an annual budget for support of division/department operations.
     
    Issues & Policies:
    • Lead the efforts Identify key business issues and stakeholders as priorities and opportunities for TwinWest leadership and develop funding sources to support the work.
    • Monitor local and state public policy issues of strategic importance to the Chamber, its members and the business climate in western metro and develop implementation plans for support or opposition as necessary.
    • Develop positions and report information on public policy issues to the Chamber’s executive committee, board, and membership.  This includes drafting position papers, comments, and correspondence for the Chamber’s volunteer leadership.
     
    Outreach:
    • Conduct thought leadership meetings with our members, stakeholders and partners to gather data, take action, create solutions and drive change.
    • Develop and enhance relationships with the public and private sectors to accomplish shared goals and drive our regional economy forward.
    • Lead our private sector driven business retention and expansion program (Grow MN) jointly with our city partners
    • Develop a grassroots network of members who will act on issues impacting their businesses. Cultivate and grow this network.
    • Facilitate member engagement in the political process through engagement with the PAC
     
    Communication:
    • Serve as a key point person within the Chamber’s team to communicate content and thought leadership through email, op-eds, social media, podcasts and other mediums for public policy and business trend information with the chamber membership, stakeholders, partners and general public.
    • Develop and coordinate testimony by Chamber leadership before governing bodies and legislative committees as needed.
     
    Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration or related field preferred.
    • Three to five years of recent experience in government relations, public affairs, and/or public policy.
    • Substantive working knowledge of the lawmaking and lobbying process at the local, state, and federal levels, and of key public policy issues impacting the regional business community.
    • Strong communications and public relations skills and proven ability to present ideas in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.  The ability to advocate in a non-partisan manner.  Professional experience with emerging social media platforms.
    • Demonstrated relationship building skills, especially with policymakers at all levels of government, public-sector leadership and C-suite business leadership.
    • Good judgment skills and discretion.
    • The ability to manage multiple deadlines with exceptional attention to detail.
     
    Work Environment:  The chamber is located within a premium co-working facility in the West End in St. Louis Park. The TwinWest Chamber is a results-oriented, extremely collaborative organization with a flexible work environment. This position requires some travel and flexibility of work schedule. 
     
    Compensation and Benefits:  The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience along with benefits including health insurance, long-term disability, life insurance, 401(k), PTO and LifeTime Fitness membership.
     
    To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume to Shannon Full at shannon@twinwest.com.
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