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Public Policy Counsel, News/Media Alliance

The Public Policy Counsel will have overall responsibility for representing the news publishing industry on key federal legislative and regulatory issues before Congress and Executive Branch agencies. This position will analyze legislation and regulations that will help formulate N/MA’s positions on certain public policy issues. The Counsel will also manage campaigns to advance N/MA’s public policy agenda and will develop communications and grass-roots strategies to support these campaigns. The Counsel will develop certain aspects of legislative communications, including researching and gathering information to write testimony, position papers, and communications to N/MA’s members.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Executive Vice President & General Counsel, the Public Policy Counsel will:

  • Oversee public policy issues related to media publishers’ interests on matters such as advertising compliance, environmental regulations, free press, first amendment and more. Assist with a wide range of policy issues within the organization.
  • Work with members to formulate policy positions on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Create and implement a strategy to advocate established positions; represent the association’s views and interests to government, the courts, association members and other organizations.
  • Develop working relationships with appropriate issue-based coalitions, issue area experts and industry contacts.
  • Monitor, review and analyze legal developments, federal and state regulations and legislation.
  • Develop testimony, white papers, talking points, blog posts, memos, alerts, filings and analysis that will be distributed to government audiences, members and the public.
  • Conduct public outreach to N/MA members and other constituencies on established issues, including but not limited to presentations and speeches to the N/MA Board of Directors, N/MA membership committees, other media organizations, and state and regional press associations and industry conferences.
  • Help inform members, government audiences, and the general public on issues and trends.
  • Serve as a liaison to relevant association committees.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Law degree required and Bar Admission in good standing.
  • At least 5-10 years’ experience in legislative and regulatory affairs.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and effective government affairs strategies.
  • Capitol Hill or advocacy experience with a company or trade association preferred; FTC experience strongly desired.
  • Inquisitive, self-starter, with the ability to work independently and with multiple stakeholders; must have strong persuasive advocacy skills.
  • Strong analytical skills to decipher and report on complex public policy issues aimed at multiple audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage issues and projects; coordinate with others; monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, formulate and recommend decisions.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experienced and persuasive public speaker.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.

For more information, and to apply, click here.