•Salary ranges from $56K to $63K annually, depending on qualifications and experience.
•Health Benefits and Simple IRA matching
•Annual Paid Time Off
4 Year Degree
The Government, DEI & Public Affairs Director is responsible for the Association’s policies and objectives involving local, state, and federal legislative affairs. They also oversee the Association’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) efforts, as well as media relations.
Works collaboratively with HCAR members and elected officials to influence local, state, and national legislative issues that affect the real estate market in Howard County.
Spearheads political communication activity and manages the day-to-day implementation of advocacy strategies and activities for the association.
Manages and oversees all Political Action Committee fundraising activities and directly masters the National Association of REALTORS® reporting requirements, management software, and PAC communication and appreciation functions.
Attends meetings of the Howard County Council, County Executive, and Board of Education, and reports to the membership on activities pertaining to real estate.
Serves as the liaison between HCAR and its elected officials.
Establishes and maintains a record of voting decisions of local elected officials on legislation that affects the local real estate industry.
Provides advice, updates, and proposed strategies of action whenever necessary on legislative and public policy matters that affect the local real estate industry.
During Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly, reviews state legislation that will affect real estate and collaborates with the HCAR Legislative Committee to determine HCAR’s position on said legislation. Then attends weekly meetings of the Maryland REALTORS® Legislative Committee in Annapolis to communicate HCAR’s positions and report back to HCAR on legislation status and impact.
Attends annual Maryland REALTORS® Lobby Day in Annapolis and National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington, DC.
Works with the Legislative Committee and HCAR staff to coordinate and execute Legislative Breakfasts.
In cooperation with the RPAC Committee, establish/maintain an interview/rating system for elected officials and candidates for public office based upon key issues that affect the local real estate industry so the Committee may make informed decisions concerning RPAC support and possible HCAR endorsement to candidates for public office.
Coordinate requests to Maryland REALTORS® for RPAC contributions to local candidates.
Provide content and direction to the Marketing & Events Director for the monthly Legislative Insider Newsletter.
Participates in planning, coordination, and management of other special projects related to Government Affairs and/or elections, i.e., Get Out The Vote, Issues Mobilization, etc.
Implements and manages Independent Expenditure campaigns on behalf of HCAR-endorsed local candidates in coordination with the RPAC Committee.
Travels annually to the National Association of REALTORS® GAD Institute conference, held at varying locations throughout the country, as well as the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Expo held annually in Washington, DC.
Upon hire, attends one-time New GAD Orientation training in Washington, DC.
Works in conjunction with CEO and Marketing & Events Director to maintain brand management and brand continuity for outward and public facing media.
Measures and evaluates the Association’s media coverage in alignment with the overall Marketing and Communications Plan.
Fosters and maintains relationships with news media editors, reporters, and community leaders.
Coordinates media requests for interviews with Association leadership and/or real estate data, as well as providing data to the Marketing & Events Director for the monthly real estate market reports and infographics.
Drafts and distributes press releases, including a monthly press release regarding the real estate market report.
Works with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to expand the Association’s reach to members of color and/or those who identify with a marginalized group.
Identifies and cultivates internal and external policies and procedures that increase the Association’s commitment to DEI.
Fosters and maintains relationships with local chapters of multicultural real estate professionals.
Attends HCAR meetings and events, as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Bachelor’s Degree Required
3 to 5 Years of Relevant Experience
REALTOR® Association experience preferred, but not required
REALTOR® association Certified Executive (RCE) designation preferred, but not required.
Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills; both verbal and written.
Ability to take complicated information and communicate it simply.
Work Environment & Physical Demands
Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
Ability to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
Ability to view/enter data for long periods of time.
Ability to travel to two annual conferences per year, in varying locations across the United States.
Ability to report to the HCAR office in Columbia, Maryland (not a remote position).
Ability to work some nights and generally have a flexible schedule.
Must have reliable transportation.
Primarily Monday through Friday, times vary based on legislative meeting schedules and event attendance. Core hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.
The Howard County Association of REALTORS® serves its members by providing resources that enable them to conduct business professionally while promoting and enforcing ethical standards. It is our vision to be Howard County's "Voice" and leading advocate for homeownership, the real estate industry, and those issues that most affect the association's members, while enhancing the REALTOR® image in the profession and within our community.