The primary responsibility of the Director, Government Relations is to develop and manage TEDCO’s policy and government relations program. Specifically, this position will serve as TEDCO’s liaison with State government, which will include providing broad-based policy development, intra and inter agency coordination, as well as guidance on program implementation and management to ensure compliance with statutory requirements. The Director, Government Relations will assist TEDCO’s senior management on issues relating to State budget priorities, tech-led economic development, tech transfer and commercialization, entrepreneurial development, and venture capital investing. This position will also handle other special projects as assigned by TEDCO’s senior management.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Serve as TEDCO’s governmental liaison for all matters related to State government.
- Investigate and develop legislative initiatives.
- Develop, present and interpret trends in tech-led economic development and business assistance policies and determines applicability in Maryland.
- Prepare policy or program analysis related to proposed bills.
- Review legislation and determine bills of interest to TEDCO staff, and recommend position.
- In consultation with senior management and, as appropriate, the TEDCO Board of Directors, the MII Board, or the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, determine bills TEDCO will take a formal position on –prepare position papers and communicate that position with Governor’s Office and Board of Directors.
- Work with legislative committee leadership and their staff to coordinate activities related to TEDCO bills under consideration.
- As part of ongoing outreach to stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, assess the needs of those stakeholders within Maryland, both formally and informally, as the basis for policy development.
- In consultation with program managers, establish comprehensive measures for TEDCO’s programs to determine impact and efficacy.
- Engage and manage relationship with stakeholders and others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Initiate and coordinate communications with the General Assembly and negotiate compromises on legislation.
- Provide direction and guidance on legislation and related matters with Governor’s staff, legislators and their staff, Department of Legislative Services staff, professional organizations and others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Coordinate with other State agencies during development of TEDCO legislation and during the development of positions on legislation; respond to other government agencies seeking information and assistance from the TEDCO.
- Represent TEDCO at legislative committee hearings, as well as in individual meetings with committee chairmen and other members of the General Assembly and staff.
- Represent TEDCO at special legislative and gubernatorial task forces either by testifying or monitoring action.
- Represent TEDCO on interagency coordinating committees, task forces, and study groups. Serve as designee to various groups and advisory boards.
- Provide legislative research, fiscal analysis (for fiscal notes preparation), draft testimony and other documentation required for bills under consideration to assure TEDCO positions are effectively communicated.
- Identify issues raised during the session that require TEDCO attention and shepherd those issues through the appropriate office for resolution.
- Coordinate responses to Joint Chairmen’s Report requests as well as coordinate other mandated reports. This includes working with the staff drafting the responses and at times writing and/or editing portions of these responses.
- Develop strategy for maintaining year-round contact with legislators who serve on committees responsible for TEDCO issues, as well as with legislators who express strong interest in TEDCO and support for TEDCO’s mission.
- Coordinate with TEDCO staff on identifying events and opportunities whereby senior staff can connect with elected officials in order to strengthen relationships and foster tech led economic development champions
TYPICAL DECISIONS MADE
- Recommends specific courses of action to TEDCO’s senior management and, as appropriate, to the TEDCO Board, MII Board, and Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission on legislation and changes to regulations.
- Assists in developing a broad-based and outreach strategy in support of TEDCO’s initiatives.
- TEDCO Senior Management
- Program Directors and Mangers and other TEDCO staff – To coordinate services, discuss joint planning and program efforts, and to solicit support in solving various programmatic problems.
- TEDCO’s General Counsel and Assistant Attorneys General
- Executive Staff, Governor’s Office/Executive Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office – To plan and/or discuss major policies and issues.
- Legislators (including legislative leadership)
- General Assembly Policy Analysts and Budget Staff
- University Presidents and other Higher Education Officials
- Federal laboratory officials
- Local elected officials and staff, including local economic development directors – To discuss policy issues and provide information
- Economists and Research Analysts in other states and with think tanks
- Business officials (CEOs, Corporate Vice Presidents)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be detail-oriented while possessing the capability to see “the big picture” and demonstrate diplomacy at all times. Must possess excellent analytical and quantitative skills. Must have an exceptional grasp of TEDCO – its mission, various diverse programs, initiatives, and key performance measures in order to articulate sound advice and positions on various policies – as well as a good working knowledge of state government. Must be a clear and effective communicator and be able to work with a variety of individuals and constituents with diverse backgrounds and interests. A positive, collaborative and supportive outlook is necessary, with an eye to problem solving and results/outcomes. An appreciation for and respect for the nuances of working with elected and appointed officials is critical for success.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree (M.A./M.S.) or a J.D, from an accredited, four-year college or university preferred; and eight years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints. Ability to write speeches, testimony, reports, articles, memos, letters using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, elected officials and others.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Ability to interpret statistical data.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
TEDCO is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to RSVP@TEDCO.MD. Applications will be considered as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.