State & Local Manager
Department: Government Affairs
Reports To: Senior Counsel, Government Affairs
Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Senior Counsel, the State & Local Manager will identify and analyze policy issues for Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA or Association) member companies, preparing compelling written materials to support WIA’s positions and advance WIA’s policy goals through effective advocacy and outreach. The State & Local Manager will identify key public policy issues at the state and local level in which the Association should actively engage and manage activities and resources appropriately.
The State & Local Manager will draft and review: Position papers on controversial and complex issues; policy statements and guidance; responses to legislative proceedings; briefing materials; data requests; and memoranda or reports outlining facts and issues. The State & Local Manager will also advise Association staff and members on policy issues and represent the Association before policymakers as directed.
• Works as part of Government Affairs team to accomplish Association goals.
• Assists Government Affairs team to accomplish departmental goals.
• Supports all internal team members and departments following the Association mission and values while promoting Association culture.
• Works with the Senior Counsel to identify points of interest and craft advocacy and policy goals for state and local engagement.
• Establishes strategies to address emerging and existing advocacy and policy issues relevant to WIA, its members, and to the industry at large. Works with WIA member committees and working groups and related industry coalitions to develop state and local policy positions. Assists with building coalitions of key stakeholders on state and local policy issues.
• Monitors and analyzes legislative, regulatory, and executive initiatives related to wireless infrastructure at the state and local level.
• Prepares and presents briefings on legal and policy matters of significant importance at the state and local level. Proposes approaches to address these matters and advises on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
• Represents the Association before policymakers, industry members, and the general public and advocates on behalf of Association policy positions.
• Assists in preparing talking points, speeches, and briefings to assist Association staff in communicating the Association’s views on government affairs issues.
• Drafts proposed state and local legislation, regulatory comments, position papers, issue briefs, and media articles (to include blog posts and op-eds).
• Maintains and fosters contacts with key government officials to build awareness on issues impacting WIA members and the wireless infrastructure industry.
• Drafts agendas and facilitates WIA committees and working groups focused on state and local policy.
• Collaborates with other associations, both in the telecommunications space and those representing state and local governments (e.g. National Council of State Legislatures, National Governors’ Association, Senate Presidents’ Forum, National Speakers’ Conference, etc.)
• Prepares administrative filings to comply with lobbying reporting requirements.
• Works on special projects and other duties as required to promote department’s success.
• Organizes and attends political events to build key contacts and relationships.
1. Essential Use of Following Tools:
• Ability to track legislation and regulation through online platforms and services, including Bloomberg, MultiState, and other independent sites.
• Proficiency with social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
• Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
2. Essential Training/Certifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree; advanced degree in Public Administration or Public Policy preferred.
• 2-3 years of experience, preferably in telecommunications, technology, or a related field; preferably experience in state or local government or within a lobbying organization.
• Willing to register as a lobbyist in states where lobbying activity meets the jurisdiction’s rules.
3. Essential Skills/Knowledge:
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; speaks and writes in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.
• Capable of building strong business and stakeholder relationships.
• Demonstrates collaborative teamwork and consensus-building.
• Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and to prioritize tasks based on business needs.
• Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently.
4. Essential Mental Requirements:
• Must be able to work as an integral part of the Government Affairs team.
• Must be able to understand the importance of the position for the success of the Association.
• Must be able to make complex decisions for tough problems.
• Must be able to cope within a fast-paced work environment.
• Must be fearless in tackling issues and challenges as they arise; doesn’t avoid confrontation.
• Ability to accept change and be flexible; focusing on action and outcomes.
• Must be able to act with honor, character, and integrity.
WIA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.
Interested qualified applicants please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIA Legal Externship/Internship Program
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) seeks a legal intern or extern to work in its Government Affairs Department during spring, summer, and fall semesters. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 230 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.
WIA’s Government Affairs Department is highly collaborative. We work together on a diverse array of projects that require a firm grasp of the telecommunications field. We expect interns/externs to participate actively in these projects, and we value substantive contributions to our team.
Scope of Work
- Work with Government Affairs Department to effectively communicate the interests of WIA members to local, state, and federal officials.
- Conduct general legal research on issues affecting the wireless infrastructure industry.
- Assist in the execution of a federal legislative strategy on Capitol Hill.
- Assist in representation of WIA and member companies before executive agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”).
- Gain practical experience in communicating the interests of an industry to government officials.
- Develop an understanding of the issues affecting the wireless telecommunications industry generally, and the wireless infrastructure industry specifically.
- Refine oral and written advocacy skills by attending meetings and drafting written documents, such as ex parte presentations before the FCC, letters to localities concerning siting laws, and comments in open proceedings before the FCC.
- Current law student.
- Relevant coursework in communications law and related fields.
- Membership and participation on a law journal, moot court, or leadership of other student organization preferred.
Interns have an opportunity to receive a stipend (commensurate with experience); externs receive law school course credit. Interested qualified applicants please submit a resume, writing sample and transcript to email@example.com.