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Director, State Government Affairs, Northeast Region

Internet Association represents over 40 of the world’s leading global internet companies. IA’s mission is to advocate for a policy environment that will foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open internet. Internet Association ensures that the internet industry, separate from the broader technology community, has an effective voice both in the United States and around the globe.

DEPARTMENT: State Government Affairs

POSITION: Director, State Government Affairs, Northeast Region

DESCRIPTION:

The Director, State Government Affairs, Northeast Region is based in (or in proximity to) Boston, MA or New York City, and reports to IA’s Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs, who is based in Albany, NY. IA’s state team is responsible for ensuring the internet industry’s perspective on public policy is effectively represented in state capitals throughout the country. The Northeast Region director will lead IA’s advocacy in numerous states in the region that includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

The ideal candidate for this position will be someone with a background in and a passion for internet policy and a clear track record of advocacy leadership and success.

REPORTS TO: SVP, State Government Affairs

SPECIFICATIONS: Full-time, exempt position

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build and manage strategic relationships with state government officials in the northeast region; help shape strategic policy positions in coordination with the state and policy team.
  • Coordinate with association members to develop political strategies to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Plan for and track relevant committee hearings, legislation, and state proposals and communicate relevant information to member companies and association colleagues in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Develop written analysis, testimony, and background materials as necessary in support of IA’s objectives.
  • Represent IA’s position on relevant matters before state government bodies and decision makers, including at legislative hearings.
  • Speak with members of the press to articulate IA’s position on issues when appropriate and in coordination with the communications team.
  • Build strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance desired outcomes.
  • Help plan and execute various IA events, including policy and political events.
  • Work collaboratively with the communications and legal/policy teams to ensure that any efforts assigned or undertaken are in alignment with IA’s overall mission, messaging, and strategy.
  • Think outside the box to help identify unique opportunities to advance IA’s overall objectives.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 7 years current and relevant experience in state government relations.
  • Multi-state government relations experience is a plus.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of state legislative and regulatory systems.
  • Willingness to travel to other state capitals as needed.
  • Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized, and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
  • Results oriented and exhibits excellent judgement.
  • A high level of energy, a positive attitude, an ability to think outside the box, and a willingness to take on a variety of assignments as part of a growing and dynamic team.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree is a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds at times.

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • This job normally operates in a professional office environment. However, remote work may take place due to COVID-19 and any other pandemic or for any reason as determined by IA’s CEO.
  • During a pandemic, employees work from home with the option to work in the office on a voluntary basis or as needed according to state and local directives.  IA makes every effort to create and maintain an environment that is safe for our staff.

How to Apply: 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@internetassociation.org with the subject line of “NE Director”.