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Coordinator, Government Affairs

Portland Business Alliance, Downtown Portland

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/29/2019

Portland Business Alliance

POSITION: Coordinator, Government Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Government Affairs
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Government Affairs

Under the guidance and direction of VP of Government Affairs, as well as within the overall philosophy of the Alliance, the Government Affairs Specialist will identify, track and develop policy impacting the Alliance and advocate policy positions through written, spoken and personal contacts that support the Alliance mission.

The Portland Business Alliance promotes and fosters an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents. The Alliance is the leading voice of business for the Portland-metro region.

The Alliance is a membership-based organization and as such, all staff support the work of the membership department by enrolling and retaining businesses.

• Research, analyze and manage public policy issues identified as important to Alliance membership.
• Schedule meetings, organize events, and manage committee work. Develop relationships with other lobbyists and Alliance members to strengthen advocacy and build coalitions.
• Write memos, testimony and talking points reflecting Alliance positions.
• Track policy trends and identify emerging issues that may be of interest to Alliance members on a local, regional and statewide level.
• Work with Alliance membership, staff and contract lobbyists to develop formal Alliance policy positions.
• Represent Alliance on various external committee meetings at the city, county and regional levels.
• Interface with government staff on public policy issues and projects that are of interest to Alliance membership.
• Manage subject matter of task forces, coalitions, committees and subcommittees, as assigned, supporting volunteer chair and members.
• Respond to member inquiries.
• Help organize annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C.
• Assist communications team as needed with advocacy-related publications.
• Coordinate annual Public Service Training Program, including recruitment of civic minded candidates and scheduling relevant speakers.

• Strong writing and communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Strong organizational, time-management and planning skills.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds. Occasionally that requirement may be higher.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet and, at all times, is within safe OSHA decibel constraints.

• Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, communications or related topic, or equivalent experience.

An organized self-starter with the ability to multi-task on a wide variety of issues and projects. A keen interest in issues affecting the business community of Portland and the metropolitan area is essential.

The Portland Business Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Submit cover letter and resume to Nnenna Lewis at

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