Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the organization’s public policy and legislative affairs division. This position is responsible for overseeing and managing a wide range of issues, deliverables and relationships related to public policy, Congressional appropriations, legislative and intergovernmental affairs. The Director will partner with NeighborWorks’ key stakeholders and customers to ensure relationship-based collaboration, development of annual and long-term objectives, and actively plan for, address, and forecast future PPLA needs, and execute accordingly.
• Directs the activities and staff of the Office of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, develops short-term and long-term project-specific work plans, an annual Operating Plan and annual budget, and goals and objectives for the Office, and bears responsibility for meeting established goals and objectives within approved budgetary resources.
• Acts as Freedom of Information (FOIA) officer for the Corporation and works closely with Office of General Counsel in responding to FOIA requests.
• Provides support to the CEO, other Officers and the Board as appropriate on a range of policy, appropriations, legislative and intergovernmental issues and special projects.
Legislative and Appropriations Management:
• Oversees the development and maintenance of strong working relationships with key Congressional committees and the Office of Management and Budget to build support for the Corporation's annual appropriation and the work of the Corporation and its affiliated NeighborWorks organizations. Represents the Corporation with OMB or Congress as requested.
• Directs communications strategies and development of relevant material for Congressional audiences. Ensures that NeighborWorks programs, grants and accomplishments are communicated appropriately to Congressional representatives and staff. The incumbent is responsible for any written Congressional communications and responses.
• Closely coordinates and communicates with NeighborWorks regional and district directors and offices and other parties, as appropriate, on intergovernmental and Congressional issues and concerns.
• Responsible for developing all written Budget Justifications, Budget Submissions and ancillary materials related to the annual budget and appropriations process for the Office of Management and Budget and Congress, in cooperation with the Corporation’s financial planning and budget staff. Serves as principal point of contact with OMB Budget Examiner.
• Drafts testimony for the Chief Executive Officer and others for submission to Congressional Committees, the Office of Management and Budget and others as appropriate.
• Serves as principal contact with GAO.
Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Management:
• Serves as point of contact for intergovernmental affairs and proactively develop relationships with the Administration, key federal agencies and stays informed of important issues.
• Proactively identifies emerging policy-related trends, issues, regulations or proposals that could impact the work of NeighborWorks America or its affiliated NeighborWorks network and recommends policy areas of focus. Stays current on existing and emerging policy and program strategies and regulatory proposals from the Administration, federal agencies, Government Sponsored Enterprises, relevant trade associations and research institutions in the housing and community development field.
• Develops policy proposals, comment letters, and other appropriate corporate responses to potential legislative and/or regulatory changes impacting the corporation, NeighborWorks organizations, NeighborWorks’ customers and beneficiaries, and the broader housing and community development field. Develops such responses through a collaborative process with internal staff and management and the NeighborWorks Network.
• Coordinates an informal policy team of internal policy and program experts in other divisions, including but not limited to the COO and the National Initiatives and Applied Research Division.
• Maintains strong working relationships with the NeighborWorks network and the National NeighborWorks Association. Coordinates communications and keeps them abreast of relevant issues in order to build a network of informed NeighborWorks organizations.
• Represents the Corporation, as requested, in settings with senior-level representatives of the Administration and national organizations. Represents NeighborWorks in key coalitions and partnerships and manages significant external policy relationships. Serves as representative/liaison to identified national community development and/or affordable housing organizations of strategic importance to NeighborWorks America and/or the NeighborWorks network and develops and maintains partnerships with key organizations.
• In collaboration with the Division of Public Relations, works to raise the visibility and credibility of NeighborWorks America and the NeighborWorks network by disseminating information related to policy analysis and research through the use of position statements, publications, Web site postings and other means.
NATURE OF WORK CONTACTS
• The Director of Public Policy & Legislative Affairs works closely with the CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Counsel, and other senior management.
• He/she also strategizes and oversees the work of the Office of Public Policy & Legislative Affairs.
• He/she interacts with the Board of Directors, Members of Congress and their staffs, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, partner organizations, representatives from Federal, State and local government agencies, leadership of National NeighborWorks Association, local NeighborWorks representatives, legislative and/or public policy staff and leadership of peer organizations, and other key stakeholders as required.