Busy international professional association with a fast-growing membership seeks Coordinator of Public Policy. Position is located at Chicago, IL headquarters office. Our culture is team-oriented so we are looking for a strong team player.
The Public Policy Coordinator assists the Director of Public Policy in providing leadership in developing, advising and advancing the public policy interests of the IALD, with a special focus on North America. The Coordinator helps identify policy change opportunities; participates in researching and writing about policy issues; and helps identify and mobilize coalition partners.
The Coordinator is the staff liaison to key volunteer groups and works on developing and maintaining strong relationships with key associates. The Coordinator assists and supports all aspects of IALD’s public policy efforts, including both internal and external communications.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist the Director with the execution of advocacy strategies.
Provide research and draft written communications on policy issues which may have an impact on IALD members, the lighting design profession, or both.
Assist the Director in building and maintaining a network of key relationships with governmental and regulatory staff, public utility staff, lighting designers, trade and professional association staff and staff of other pertinent groups.
Collaborate with the Director to support a cadre of IALD members, multi-organizational coalitions and alliances for grassroots advocacy efforts and priority issues with a focus on North America as well as provide limited support on a global level.
Act as staff liaison to key volunteer groups, coordinating their meetings and conference calls, developing the meeting minutes, and coordinating assignments to ensure coverage of key issues.
Increase the involvement of member lighting designers in the government affairs arena in North America.
Assist in the preparation and writing of regular reports for the IALD Board of Directors on IALD’s Public Policy initiatives and legislative advocacy.
Participate in IALD events as needed to enhance member education about IALD public policy efforts.
Manage internal and records administration.
Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS
A minimum of three to four years professional experience in public policy advocacy, public policy research and analysis, and coalition building required.
Demonstrated skill and comfort in building relationships with diverse audiences, including association members, public officials, utility executives, staff of non-governmental organizations, and association staff members etc.
Experience in the non-profit sector and with associations, preferred.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required preferably in Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design or a natural or physical science.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NEEDED
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Sensitivity or experience working across cultural differences desired.
Ability to coordinate the work of key volunteer groups and committees to accomplish IALD projects and goals.
Ability to organize and prioritize work and manage multiple priorities.
Computer literacy, proficient knowledge of Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to use social media effectively.
Strong self-motivation and the ability to successfully work independently with minimal supervision and with tight deadlines.
Excellent attention to detail.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with IALD staff, members and others outside the organization. Demonstrated track record of being a team player.
About International Association of Lighting Designers
Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, IL, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. Governed b...y an 11-member Board of Directors, the IALD is a volunteer association that relies on the active participation of its members. The over 1400 lighting designers around the world who are members of the IALD hold a position of distinction and authority in the lighting design profession.