Public Affairs Outreach and Education Specialist
Company: 501 Consultants, Inc.
Posted on: August 5, 2022
*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
*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: *
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
- Includes policy research and writing, content and materials
development, government relations analysis, meeting
Fosters effective political relationships with local, state, and
federal policymakers for both Winegrowers and Winegrape Growers of
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
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
Facilitates and participates in state and federal legislative trips
_Public Relations and Communications_
Develops and implements public relations and communications
- Summarizes and synthesizes issues, status, and organizations'
- 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
- 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
Provides talking points for executive directors or board members in
preparation for meetings, testimony, interviews, and other
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
_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
--- 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
--- Wisdom: Thoughtful and intentional self-assessment of knowledge
and actions for self-improvement.
--- High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups
*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
--- Familiarity with social media management (Facebook, Twitter,
--- Familiarity with website editing using WordPress or similar
*Required Knowledge Areas and Skills: *
--- Pro-active and self-initiator
--- Highly collaborative
--- Ability to coordinate and facilitate groups
--- Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization
--- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills;
ability to trouble-shoot
--- Excellent judgement and highest level of discretion and
--- 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
--- Working knowledge of the ag industry
--- Program coordination and procedures
--- Proven track record of streamlining processes for efficiency
--- 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
--- 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: *
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
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
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