POSITION SUMMARY: The Government and External AffairsSpecialist position is responsible for managing programs that advance the Occupational, Safety & Health (OSH) profession externally while providing primary support for government affairs activities.
General Administration, External Affairs (50%)
Manage External Affairs committees by providing strategic and operational support, including meeting administration. Track, manage, and where relevant, deliver on action items.
Identify, recruit and assist in the onboarding of volunteers for External Affairs-related positions.
Primary responsibility for External Affairs and Advocacy-related web content, working with communications team as necessary for assuring appropriateness to Society strategic plan.
Collaborate with internal departments and form/support cross functional teams where necessary.
Make recommendations and take steps to enhance programs as relevant.
Assist in budgetary management, including processing of committee travel expense reports and monitoring of costs.
Assist in the development of reports to ASSP Board of Directors.
Support the internal and external culture of ASSP.
Government Affairs (50%)
Monitor legislation, regulation, and overall public policy impacting occupational safety and health
Develop reports on legislative and regulatory activities with impact on occupational safety and health.
Working with volunteers and other staff, assist in development and curation of position statements.
Develop and communicate positions on government affairs issues of interest to members and the public.
Communicate ASSP positions to government entities through statements, testimonies and letters.
Represent ASSP in person to legislative and regulatory bodies as needed.
Provide information and support to ASSP members with government affairs-related questions, including guidance on how to get involved at the local level.
Manage network of chapter, practice specialty, and common interest group volunteer government affairs chairs.
Serve as primary point of contact to Government Affairs Committee and entities such as OSHA and NIOSH.
Develop a list of private and public sector contacts ASSP will work with to move its governmental affairs agenda forward.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy or related field and 3+ years of relevant experience required.
Knowledge of the regulatory and legislative processes impacting occupational safety and health public policy a plus.
Well-organized, self-directed and process/detail-oriented. Project management skills are essential.
Ability to manage relationships, including building rapport with new contacts.
Demonstrated strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to translate information and data into communications adapted for a variety of audiences.
Ability to work with diverse stakeholders internally and externally, including industry leaders, business leaders, government, volunteers and staff. Must be able to navigate the political terrain with fairness, integrity and objectivity.
Ability to travel (not to exceed 10%, twice monthly) to meetings, annual conference, and if required, internationally.
Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and ability to tolerate ambiguity.
Mastery of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive. Comfort with Excel preferred.
International travel experience, cross-cultural fluency, awareness of academic/research world, knowledge of corporate social responsibility initiatives and corporate reporting are all pluses.
Commitment to ASSP’s CLEAR Values (Collaborate, Learn, Excel, Accountable, Respectful).
Full-time position with the ability to work M-F during normal business hours.
About American Society of Safety Professionals
Founded in 1911, ASSP sets the standard for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) excellence and ethics. Our Society connects over 38,000+ OSH professionals around the world, creating a network of resources in 80 countries. We promote the expertise, leadership and commitment of our members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development.
We are a visible advocate for professionals through proactive government affairs at the federal and state levels, and in member-led relationships with key federal safety and health agencies. Our members create safer work environments by preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.
Besides recording less lost time and lower worker compensation costs, organizations with strong safety performance enjoy increased productivity, a better reputation and higher employee satisfaction.
Visit us at https://www.assp.org.