The Partnership has two core functions: public policy and economic development (domestic and international). In addition, the Partnership’s leadership identifies strategic priorities for community engagement consistent with its core functions. For example, the Partnership’s “Up-Skill Houston,” is an effort to establish an employment/career pipeline for people who pursue technical careers, as well as college degrees. Success for Up-Skill Houston includes securing jobs for local people with local companies, which is a priority for the Economic Development Division, and establishing a model for workforce advancement that can be used across the country, which will also include policy recommendations.
Supporting the core functions, the Partnership has its own internal Research Department, a full events team and a Membership Engagement Division. At the Partnership, we work across functions to have an exponential impact. With direction from many of Houston’s most established business people, the Partnership is among the largest business organization of its kind and has successfully supported the business community and the region for over 25 years.
Who are we looking for today
The Partnership is the leading business advocate for Houston’s 10-county region. The Public Policy Division drives the organization’s goals through the development of an aggressive public policy platform that supports short and long-term economic development.
Each manager contributes to the organizations and the division’s goals by successfully developing and implementing policy positions for various business sectors or initiatives. Policy Managers are expected to understand the legislative and regulatory process at the local, state and federal levels. Managers are responsible for direct advocacy and for identifying communications, public affairs or grassroots opportunities that would advance the Partnership/s positions. Managers also provide key staff support to the organization in the areas of public policy platform development.
What you will do
The incumbent will:
- Manage assigned policy program areas, committees and related activities, including any and all recommendations made by the Board of Directors.
- Manage the process of developing assigned program policy issues and assist in the presentation of those policy issues to internal and external audiences.
Objectives of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Facilitate the development of a policy agenda for assigned program area;
- Identify and engage key groups and individuals in the ten-county Greater Houston CMSA to mobilize support for Partnership policy;
- Engage and facilitate member support to achieve desired short-and long-term results
- Develop and maintain the strategic internal and external relationships and collaborations necessary to produce support for policy objectives.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Work as a successful advocate for the Partnership.
- Supervise day-to-day activities of assigned program area and related activities.
- Provide coordination and staff leadership to volunteer committee members through meetings, inquiry response, written materials and events.
- Develop and maintain the appropriate level of knowledge and expertise in the assigned policy area(s).
- Identify, develop and present policy analysis on assigned policy issues.
- Author persuasive advocacy pieces, including Resolutions that effectively convey the Partnership’s policy positions.
- Identify business, economic or political trends that will affect the Partnership’s policy positions.
- Secure member participation by providing pertinent information and allowing for active input.
- Develop and maintain relationships with members and staff, as they relate to assigned program area.
- Assist division Vice President in the Partnership’s efforts to educate the general public in the ten-county region on the importance of assigned policy issues.
- Develop and maintain strategic external relationships and collaborations with relevant business, related organizations, as well as, local, state and federal transportation officials.
- Recruit members to serve on committees and to work on specific projects, based on expertise and business interests.
- Assist division Vice President in the development and management of the annual budget as it related to assigned program areas, including monthly financial reviews and events-based fundraising.
- Provide supervision and coaching for assigned administrative support staff, including performance reviews, career development and other relevant supervisory functions.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The following knowledge, skills and abilities are desirable for job success:
- Excellent verbal, written, analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills.
- Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and other software programs.
- Ability to master large quantities of diverse information.
- Ability to analyze and distill information into policy options and strategic outcomes.
- Ability to write and defend proposals to receive funding for high priority programs.
- Ability to coordinate, engage and fully utilize member expertise.
- Ability to condense complicated technical subject matter into effective communications to members to facilitate policy development.
- Experience with facilitating and organizing meetings.
- Demonstrated preference for working with all levels of internal and external contacts.
- Demonstrated history of exercising mature judgment and tact.
- Demonstrated preference for detail work.
- Experience working in fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
- Ability to well under deadline pressures, with minimal supervision.
- Self-motivated and directed with an appropriate professional appearance.
- Ability and flexibility to prioritize, and work on multiple assignments.
- Educational background demonstrating the ability to maintain or develop the level of knowledge and expertise in the assigned program areas
- Knowledge of the business issues and government at local, state and federal levels.
Minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in a client-oriented position in a public, private or non-profit organization, or a combination of experience in environment policy and training in an analytical field such as business, marketing or policy analysis.
What we offer
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation commensurate with experience. We also offer an extensive benefits package including paid garage parking, paid time off, medical, dental and vision benefits, and future growth opportunities within the company. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.