Public Policy Counsel
Reporting to the Executive Vice President & General Counsel, 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 NMA’s positions on certain public policy issues. The Counsel will also manage campaigns to advance NMA’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 NMA’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 NMA members and other constituencies on established issues, including but not limited to presentations and speeches to the NMA Board of Directors, NMA 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.
- 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.
This is a full-time position with a salary between $170,000 to $180,000, commensurate with skills and experience, and the following benefits:
- 20 days of paid time off, plus major holidays and two floating holidays
- Medical, dental and vision plan
- 401(k) plan with a generous matching policy
- Medical and/or dependent flexible spending plan
- Paid parental leave
- Employer-paid life insurance, short-term and long-term insurance policies
- Pre-tax mass transit plan
We believe that diversity in lived experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas strengthens journalism, its business and our own organization. The News/Media Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage applications from candidates from communities traditionally underrepresented in journalism and from people of every age, race or color, ethnic background, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic background, disability status, medical condition, military or veteran status, and marital or familial status.
Effective October 1, 2021, NMA requires all employees to submit written proof that they are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 (such as a CDC-issued vaccination card) as a condition of employment. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a medical condition or disability or a held religious belief, can request a reasonable accommodation. Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per the above policy.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. NMA’s main office is located in Arlington, VA. We prefer candidates for this role who reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Please mention “Public Policy Counsel” in the subject line so we can direct your application to the right people. Please be prepared to provide three professional references upon request.
About News/Media Alliance: The News/Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization representing more than 2,000 news and magazine media organizations and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print and digital publishers of original journalism. Headquartered just outside Washington, D.C., the association focuses on ensuring the future of journalism through communication, research, advocacy, and innovation. Information about the News/Media Alliance can be found at www.newsmediaalliance.org.