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Public Affairs Outreach and Education Specialist

Company: 501 Consultants, Inc.
Location: Cashmere
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

*Job Summary: *
Develop and execute effective and efficient strategy, processes, and content for government affairs policy development and outreach, and education programs and projects to support the operational duties and strategic objectives and goals of 501 Consultants' clients. This position engages client stakeholders through explanation of public policy issues and positions, assisting in development of better policy and legislation, and providing information related to successful operations for client stakeholders.

*Job Role: * Specialist

*Job Level: *
Professional-level staff with no employee supervisory responsibilities; reports to the Vice- President/COO; collaborates with multiple team members on process execution.

*Category: * Full-time exempt

*Job Duties and Responsibilities: *
_Government Affairs_
Works with the Executive Director, Government Relations Specialist, contracted lobbyist, and Government Affairs Committee to develop and implement government relations policy priorities and associated activities for the Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers).

- Includes policy research and writing, content and materials development, government relations analysis, meeting facilitation

Fosters effective political relationships with local, state, and federal policymakers for both Winegrowers and Winegrape Growers of America (WGA).

Coordinates meetings with policymakers and their staff to advocate for Winegrowers and WGA positions on issues, develops policy initiatives, provides feedback about potential new laws and regulations, and discusses issues facing the industry.

Participates in various client meetings and activities to understand, communicate, and advance policy positions for all relevant clients.

Represents client organizations, with board and committee members, at state legislatures and in Congress to support or oppose legislation, participates in rule-making, lobbies for funding, testifies, and raises awareness about the organizations and their issues.

Facilitates and participates in state and federal legislative trips and tours.

_Public Relations and Communications_
Develops and implements public relations and communications plans:
- Summarizes and synthesizes issues, status, and organizations' efforts.
- Determines vehicles for disseminating information.
- Creates and curates content, for weekly, monthly, and quarterly newsletters, and website and social media pages.
- Drafts letters, press releases, editorials, columns, white papers, and annual reports.
- Edits, formats, spell-checks, and proofreads content critically.
- Fact-checks vigorously.
- Ensures websites are regularly updated and maintained.
- Evaluates metrics of various communications tools and implement changes as appropriate.
- Archives communications.
- Collaborates with team members to develop strategic, effective messaging and client program objectives and goals.

Creates reports and update staff and boards on policy developments.

Provides talking points for executive directors or board members in preparation for meetings, testimony, interviews, and other activities.

Aids in strategic relationship-building with stakeholders.

Ensures up-to-date inventory of key media contacts.

Monitors press coverage.

Ensures subscriptions to various communications platforms and tools are maintained.

_Note: the duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands._

*Required Behavioral Competencies: *

--- Openness: Develop and maintain respectful working relationships based on open and non-judgmental communication.
--- Integrity: Reliable, respectful, and accountable to self and others.
--- Collaboration: Work together to inspire and create better outcomes through team engagement.
--- Flexibility: Adapt and change quickly, think "outside of the box", and celebrate diversity in work, communication, and lifestyles.
--- Wisdom: Thoughtful and intentional self-assessment of knowledge and actions for self-improvement.
--- High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people.

*Required Technical Competencies: *

--- Proficient in MS Office Suite, particularly Word, and navigating the internet
--- Familiarity with shared file systems
--- Familiarity with project management platforms such as Asana
--- Familiarity with template e-blast platforms such as Constant Contact
--- Familiarity with social media management (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
--- Familiarity with website editing using WordPress or similar application

*Required Knowledge Areas and Skills: *
--- Pro-active and self-initiator
--- Highly collaborative
--- Ability to coordinate and facilitate groups
--- Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills
--- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; ability to trouble-shoot
--- Excellent judgement and highest level of discretion and confidentiality
--- Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to effectively present information
--- Fluency in both public policy and public relations
--- Working knowledge of the legislative process and lobbying skills
--- Working knowledge of the ag industry
--- Program coordination and procedures
--- Proven track record of streamlining processes for efficiency and effectiveness
--- Detail oriented
--- Exemplary interpersonal skills and comfortably working with diverse groups of people and multi-disciplinary teams

*Education, Certifications and Experience: *
--- BA degree in public relations, journalism, political science, public affairs, or related field required
--- 3+ years in related field preferred
--- Public policy experience preferred
--- Experience with agriculture, winery, and/or business issues preferred
--- Valid WA State driver's license

*Working Conditions: *
This job operates in a professional, open-space office environment. It requires the routine use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copy machines and filing cabinets. This job is a largely sedentary role and requires the ability to remain in a stationary position at least 50% of the time, occasionally move about inside the office, constantly operate office productivity machinery (such as a computer), occasionally ascend/descend stairs, and constantly communicate and
exchange accurate information. Travel is required. Some remote work may be possible.

*Starting Salary: *
$55,000-$70,000/year, DOE.

*Benefits: *
Some remote work may be possible. Other benefits include health insurance, paid time off, professional development assistance, retirement plan, vision insurance

*About 501 Consultants: *
For more than 25 years, 501 Consultants, Inc. (501) has specialized in serving local, regional, and national nonprofits by providing full management services as well as project-based consulting. Headquartered in Cashmere, WA, we currently manage three nonprofits with a combined revenue of $1.25 million and are also regularly engaged in one-time and ongoing consulting projects of various scopes and sizes.

501 is a core team of nine, offering a diverse, well-rounded skill set built through decades of experience working for nonprofits as well as public agencies. By employing proven practices in good governance and effective infrastructure, we empower organizations to manifest their mission through thoughtful planning and wise decision-making, ultimately driving their operations and programming
toward intentional impact-the 501 mantra.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $50,000.00 per year

* Health insurance
* Paid time off
* Professional development assistance
* Retirement plan
* Vision insurance
* 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:
* Cashmere, WA 98815: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

* Bachelor's (Required)

* journalism, poli-sci, or public affairs: 3 years (Preferred)

* Driver's License (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

Keywords: 501 Consultants, Inc., Yakima , Public Affairs Outreach and Education Specialist, Education / Teaching , Cashmere, Washington

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