Lead the public policy, government relations and advocacy functions of the American Horse Council (AHC).
Oversee the development and implementation of an effective government relations agenda & strategy to advance AHC’s policy priorities through legislative and regulatory initiatives. Develop plans to execute, track, and manage that strategy.
Serve as primary contact for Members of Congress, Congressional staff and federal agencies
Cultivate and maintain relationships with key policy makers in Congress and the federal agencies.
Represent the AHC at governmental and legislative forums, hearings, coalition meetings and similar initiatives.
Maintain an understanding of and keep current with all federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact the horse industry.
Development materials and analyses that clearly and accurately convey federal legislative and regulatory developments for members of the AHC and horse industry stakeholders through use of Muster (Washington Updates, Action Alerts, etc.). Compilation of information for Tax Bulletin, Tax Fliers, Congressional Scorecard. Contribute to AHC Newsletter and other communications
Direct AHC grassroots and advocacy campaigns, including oversight of annual congressional ride in and youth ride in. Develop plans to execute and track successes of ride in’s.
Ensure compliance with federal lobbying disclosure requirements and laws.
Ensure compliance (FERC) with all federal campaign contribution laws and disclosures.
Build and maintain coalition relationships with industries and associations with shared interests. Coalition liaison with groups such as the Economic Business Coalition(EBC), H2B, H2A, Tax Ag’s, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable(ORR), Coalition Recreation Trails (CRT), Sports Coalition, etc.
Manage and communicate with AHC advisory committees.
The team at the American Horse Council, though small in number, are vast in their abilities when it comes to pooling resources, knowledge, and skills together to get the job done in an efficient manner. We are passionate about what we do and what we bring to the table through collaboration industry wide (and with each other.) We work as a close knit, and well oiled machine that often works as an excellent sounding board to one another in accomplishing our collective goals. We're all experienced professionals that appreciate and respect our colleague's knowledge and expertise and though we work hard, we work in a relaxed enough environment to have a little fun too!
This position is located at AHC office (1616 H ST NW) in Washington DC and some telecommuting optional. Position reports directly to AHC President and has no supervisory responsibilities other than occasional interns.
BS in political science (advanced degree in law, public policy or relevant field a plus)
3-5+ years’ experience in government affairs, public policy or issue advocacy
Solid knowledge of federal legislative process
Knowledge of Horse Industry a plus
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated persuasive advocacy and negotiation skills and judgement
Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners to achieve results
Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time
Applicants should send cover letter and resume to email@example.com by October 8th. No phone calls please.
The American Horse Council (AHC) is the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests. AHC's mission is to advocate for the social, economic and legislative interests of the US horse industry.