Government Finance Advisor (Advocate/Lobbyist)
The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization, is looking to for a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Government Finance Advisor.
The Government Finance Advisor (GFA) provides legislative advocacy (lobbying) and serves as a resource to cities and towns on matters related to government finance and taxation. In accordance with the NHMA member adopted legislative policies and principles, the GFA advocates to the legislature and works with policymakers, state agencies, and other stakeholders to achieve positive legislative outcomes for local government financial and governmental operations.
This position presents a unique opportunity to engage with local government, the state legislature, and other policymakers on issues critical to local government in New Hampshire. The ideal candidate will have both prior government finance experience and an interest in learning new things on the job. The Government Finance Advisor is a member of the Government Affairs (Advocacy) “team,” but also collaborates regularly with NHMA’s legal services attorneys and NHMA’s Business Administrator.
NHMA offers an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance, defined benefits plan, and optional 457(b).
The position reports directly to the Executive Director. This is a salaried, exempt position.
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Three (3) or more years’ government finance experience.
- Ability to represent NHMA to members and legislators and local government officials.
- Strong public speaking ability required. Advocacy experience preferred, which may be from a variety of prior experiences, including experience as a lobbyist, attorney, or other advocate on behalf a person or organization.
- Strong interpersonal/communication skills and an ability to work both independently and in teams. NHMA is a small, 9-person organization, and staff collaborate continuously.
- Strong motivation and an inquisitive mind.
- Strong organizational skills.
- CPA a plus.
SELECTION PROCESS: Please submit the following by June 18 to email@example.com:
- Cover letter
- Professional Writing Sample
Initial interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, but candidates selected for an interview will be notified no later than June 25. Finalists will be invited back for a second interview.
Successful candidate will be required to pass professional background investigation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (The following are illustrative and are not intended to be all-inclusive.)
- Delivers a broad range of legislative and other services to local officials, primarily in the areas of budget, finance, taxation, and fiduciary responsibilities of local officials, through legislative advocacy, trainings and workshops, and written publication and guidance.
- As part of the Government Affairs team, develops strategies to advance NHMA’s legislative policy in areas affecting government finance and exercises considerable discretion and judgment in carrying them out. Reviews all legislation filed each session to determine potential municipal impact and reports same to members; compiles legislative positions adopted by members; drafts legislation to accomplish NHMA policy positions; performs individual lobbying of legislators and state officials, including the Governor and Governor’s staff. Assists the Executive Director and Government Affairs team in other advocacy efforts. Actively monitors and provides testimony on administrative rules affecting municipalities. Encourages active participation of local officials to influence the direction of pending state and federal deliberations on issues affecting local government. Provides oral and written responses to legislative inquiries from NHMA members and legislators.
- Prepares and coordinates, directly and in cooperation with others, training programs for municipal officials. Participates in seminars, workshops, and training programs as a speaker. Serves as the NHMA liaison with the affiliate associations involved in municipal finance and taxation. Speaks before membership and affiliate groups to provide legislative updates and other necessary information.
- Writes articles regarding finance, accounting, and taxation for NHMA publications and handbooks. Assists in preparation of the Legislative Bulletin, published weekly during the legislative session, and other communications for distribution to members.
- Stays abreast of authoritative accounting principles, auditing standards, statutory budget procedures and case law affecting municipal finance generally and NH local government finance in particular and provides professional development of NHMA staff relative to developments in municipal finances. Develops and fosters relationships with other advocacy groups and individuals whose interests may be similar or supportive to municipal interests; participates as appropriate in joint initiatives and approaches to common problems.
Physical Demands: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there is also walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. The employee must be able to speak clearly and professionally with members and others in a manner that can be easily understood. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The position requires regular in-state and occasional out-of-state, overnight travel. The position requires a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.