The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a non-profit organization that represents the 100 Sheriffs of North Carolina and their personnel. We are looking for a team member who is very detail-oriented and who can multi-task in a very fast paced, busy environment. We are also looking for someone with a sincere commitment to excellence and the success of the Association, as well as respect for the constitutional Office of Sheriff and the persons holding the Office.
The Director of Government Relations represents the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) at the General Assembly and before other government agencies on issues of importance to the Office of Sheriff in North Carolina.
The Director of Government Relations will develop and implement a comprehensive lobbying effort focused on law enforcement and criminal justice legislation.
The Director of Government Relations works closely with the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, the Association’s contract lobbyists and the Association’s attorneys.
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
Represents NCSA before legislative committees and government agencies
Serves as the “eyes and ears” at the General Assembly for NCSA and keeps designated NCSA staff updated on legislative developments and key initiatives
Monitors and lobbies study committees that meet when the General Assembly is not in session
Provides periodic current and detailed legislative updates to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Sheriffs of the Association
Establishes key working relationships with legislators and their staff
Accurately and persuasively presents NCSA’s position on legislation to decision-making legislators and their key personnel
Serves as a conduit for information to and from the legislature and NCSA
Coordinates NCSA activities at the legislature, including lobbying, setting up legislative meetings for sheriffs, drafting testimony, and/or preparing sheriffs for meetings, testimony or other activities
Researches and drafts NCSA position papers explaining law enforcement positions on important legislative issues
Develops research projects that address crime and public safety issues from a law enforcement perspective including strategic memos, policy briefs, fact sheets, and other research documents as needed
Tracks all boards and commissions where sheriffs are appointed and provides recommendations to fill vacancies
As requested by the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, speaks to external audiences, such as civic groups, on topics related to NCSA
Assists co-workers as necessary and performs any additional duties as assigned
Ability to develop sound working relationships with sheriffs, sheriff’s office personnel, NCSA staff, legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists
Ability to communicate clearly, precisely, concisely, and candidly
Project management experience
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Detail-oriented and possess ability to accurately proofread documents
Must be able to prioritize, actively seek input, and problem solve
Ability to successfully multi-task with significant interruptions throughout the day
Ability to manage deadlines
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, email, and use of the Internet for research purposes
Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team
Availability to travel within North Carolina to NCSA and related meetings
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of NCSA and law enforcement information
Ability to adhere to the NCSA’s professional standards and core values
Additional Salary Information: NCSA offers a strong team environment and competitive salary, based on education and experience. Our workplace environment is well-equipped, professional, friendly, supportive, and very busy. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is located in Raleigh, with free on-site parking.
About North Carolina Sheriffs' Association
The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is the statewide organization of our state’s 100 Sheriffs. Through their Association, the Sheriffs work to strengthen the professional law enforcement services their offices provide to the people of North Carolina.