This is a professional managerial position in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Government Affairs and Policy Department, reporting to the Managing Director of Government Affairs and Policy in which the incumbent is responsible for AIA's political affairs program, notably its political fundraising and the quantity and quality of relationships with elected officials at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.
Develop and implement AIA's political affairs strategic plan to a.) increase political fundraising at the local, state, and federal levels while b.) increase, retain, and manage the quality and quantity of AIA's political relationships with elected officials at all levels of government.
Develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year strategy that continuously increases AIA member contributions to ArchiPAC, AIA's federal political action committee, with a primary focus on recruiting and retaining high dollar donors.
Develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year strategy to grow awareness and investment in the Architects Advocacy Fund, with a primary focus on recruiting and retaining corporate donors.
Integrate political fundraising for ArchiPAC and the Architects Advocacy Fund into grassroots advocacy activities throughout a calendar year and the two-year federal election cycle.
Create an ongoing strategic messaging and communications campaign with a refreshed, rebranded, and consistent message regarding the reason to give to ArchiPAC and the Architects Advocacy Fund that focuses on architects interest in public policy issues impacting them, their businesses, and the communities they serve
Work closely with all policy teams within the department to adequately understand the AIA's local , state, federal, and international public policy agendas in order to speak intelligently about it to elected officials on a weekly basis.
Work closely with AIA's grassroots advocacy, communications, and policy staff to develop and deploy concurrent public policy based messaging campaigns and political fundraising solicitations throughout an election cycle to recruit and retain donors.
Work closely with the directors of state/local, federal, and international to develop and implement ongoing and timely political fundraising solicitations.
Develop and deploy a multi-year strategy to increase AIA's use of technology to raise political dollars, such as through text messaging and social media, and to standardize and integrate it throughout AIA's political fundraising operation(s) at the national, state, and local levels.
Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of making the ask for ArchiPAC and the Architects Advocacy Fund contributions and furthermore better track and target specific audiences for fundraising solicitations.
As directed by the Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy; oversee the written and visual content redevelopment of AIA's advocacy webpage on AIA.org to include political fundraising.
Working with the Managing Director of Government Affairs, develop and implement a multi-year work plan to build political relationships at the local, state, and federal levels.
Routinely build and execute AIA sponsored political fundraising events primarily for incumbents or candidates for Congress, but also for select incumbents or candidates for elected office at the state and local level. Most of these events would be DC based, but, as needed, may occur in other cities or states in coordination with AIA state and local components.
Lead AIA staff liaison to the Democratic Governors Association, Republican Governors Association, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee as well as other political groups, campaign committees, and organizations at the local, state, and federal level.
Routinely identify and execute opportunities to leverage AIA's relationships with political groups to build influence at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
Provide monthly or timely detailed intel, election trends, and race-by-race analyses, including candidate profiles as necessary, primarily for members of Congress, but also certain local and state races.
Serve as Treasurer of ArchiPAC and lead AIA staff in charge of the Architects Advocacy Fund, responsible for ensuring AIA is compliant with all election laws, campaign finance laws, and overall recordkeeping and reporting responsibilities.
Lead AIA staff responsible for providing accurate intel, advice, guidance, and recommendations for where and when ArchiPAC and the Architects Advocacy Fund should invest financially.
Lead AIA staff responsible for staffing the ArchiPAC Steering Committee with strategic advice and support.
Lead political affairs staff, including project assignments, strategic plan progress, time allocation and performance reviews.
Develop and manage political affairs budget, strategic plan, programs and projects, and ArchiPAC budget.
Other duties as assigned.
AIA national staff and volunteer leadership
AIA Government Advocacy Committee
ArchiPAC steering committee
AIA state and local components
AIA Brand and Engagement Team
AIA Members and Component Services Team
AIA Knowledge and Practice Team
Elected officials and staff at the local, state, and federal levels of government
Political groups, campaign committees, and organizations at the local, state, and federal level
Consultants and vendors
Demonstrated & advanced knowledge of the United States political system and the impact of political fundraising at all levels of government.
Exceptional understanding of how to successfully fundraise hard and soft money, including no less than 4 years experience of personally developing and implementing political fundraising strategies.
Established track record of raising money for labor, corporate, or association PACs.
Demonstrated ability to speak extemporaneously before groups to inform, persuade or influence.
Proven skills in communicating complex ideas both in writing and orally, including analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated skill (with a proven track record), in facilitation, team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation as well as active listening.
Proven ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
Demonstrated success working in a team environment through coordination and communication of delegated responsibilities; communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy; and resolving problems collaboratively among internal stakeholders (ex: association members), partner organizations/agencies, and internal organization staff.
Demonstrated experience in leading change through vision and innovation, driving results, anticipating challenges and identifying solutions, building a departmental culture of collaborative teamwork, exhibiting strong leadership/mentorship skills, employing analytical thinking, and effectively using diplomacy to work with a diverse membership and volunteer leaders.
Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing cross-team strategies.
Demonstrated work experience in organizations that prioritize the importance of political fundraising as well as political relationship building.
Considerable knowledge and familiarity with FEC regulations and campaign finance laws overall.
Broad network of political contacts, both elected and non-elected, at all three levels of government nationwide
Ability to successfully manage, execute, and complete multiple priorities and responsibilities in a timely manner.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Bachelors degree in political science or related field with 7-10 years of political fundraising and political relationship building experience required; relationships with elected officials at multiple levels of government, association political fundraising experience or campaign experience are preferred, but not required.
Senior Manager, Political Affairs.
Internal Number: AIASRDIRPOLAFF080118
About The American Institute of Architects
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.