The Director of Government Affairs (DGA) will be primarily responsible for developing and managing ISSA’s government relations and advocacy program on behalf of the commercial and industrial cleaning industry. The DGA will develop and implement lobbying strategies, including organizing grassroots advocacy efforts, the drafting of statements, letters and testimonies, and coordinating activities with other industry associations where appropriate. The DGA also prepares internal and external reports on government initiatives that impact the commercial and institutional cleaning industry as appropriate providing detailed summaries, recommended positions, and suggested advocacy strategies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Rebuild ISSA’s grassroots advocacy efforts by fostering membership involvement in the political process
Establish and maintain membership committees that are representative of the major demographic groups within ISSA’s membership to guide the association’s advocacy and policy directions
Work closely with committees to identify legislative and regulatory issues of importance to membership and help to develop the association’s position on such issues and communicate with ISSA membership on a regular basis on these issues
Develop agenda, as well as conduct meetings and/or conference calls with committees periodically and as needed.
Monitor federal legislation and regulations using an internet based tracking program for purposes of identifying, analyzing and tracking issues of concern to the cleaning industry including but not limited to cleaning product ingredient disclosure, hazard communication, disinfectant registration, occupational safety and health, and general business issues such as healthcare, taxation, and labor related matters
Grass roots activities: Responsible for engaging ISSA members in the political process by urging them to contact their elected officials and/or regulatory agencies on identified issues of concern using a software system designed to maximize such member participation
Coordinate efforts with association members to maximize grassroots support or opposition to an identified issue of concern
Periodically prepare comments, congressional correspondence, and other such official statements on behalf of industry
Develop, write and edit articles, and other legislative and regulatory related content for the monthly ISSA Legislative and Regulatory Update and other association publications, website, and direct communications to ISSA members
Work with aligned industry trade associations, government officials, industry and other stakeholders in advocating the association’s position.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, management or a related field required; graduate degree a plus
Three or more years of experience in a similar position at a trade association is preferred
Deference will be given to those who also have worked with a state or federal congressional office
Association work, state or federal lobbying or legislative tracking experience a plus
Must be a motivated, results-oriented individual who pays attention to detail
Performs well in a team environment, but can also work effectively on their own with little supervision
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Desire to learn as much about the commercial and institutional cleaning industry so the position can grow and broaden in scope over time.
As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning. ISSA promotes the vision that cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line.The association’s more than 9,000 members include distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, and associated service members. ISSA helps increase professionalism and member success by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, events, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry and the value it provides.The association is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, with regional offices in Mainz, Germany and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit www.issa.com, follow ISSA on social media at www.facebook.com/issaworldwide and www.twitter.com/issaworldwide, or join the discussion in ISSA- The World Wide Cleaning Industry Association LinkedIn group at www.issa.com/linkedin. For more information on ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.