Director, Public Policy
The Director, Public Policy will oversee all functions related to the government relations program to include driving and directing strategies to manage and strengthen the SEMI Americas public policy agenda. The position will also include managing and communicating with both internal and external stakeholders, policymakers, association members, committees, and SEMI global staff. The position also requires coordinating logistics such as meetings and briefings, and producing oral and written communications for SEMI members and staff. Position requires high degree of tact and effective communications skills and expertise in dealing with government/congressional officials, SEMI members and SEMI staff of all levels.
This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Global Vice President, Industry Advocacy and will work closely with the SEMI Americas President. The position will also oversee the public policy team and will work with additional staff responsible for advancing industry advocacy strategy and operations in SEMI regional offices.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
You are an engaging, flexible, and approachable government relations expert who has a strong background in technology and advanced manufacturing public policy, and is capable of juggling multiple tasks with a positive attitude. You are a creative, organized, collaborative, team-oriented, and results-oriented individual. You thrive in collaborating, but have the skills and experience necessary to work independently of a large multi-faceted organization.
- Work with SEMI’s Global Vice President of Industry Advocacy, SEMI President of Americas, SEMI North American Advisory Board, and SEMI members to develop and implement strategies to support SEMI's public policy agenda.
- Responsible for content development, communication, and coordination of interaction between SEMI and US Government officials.
- Coordinate industry input to policymakers and communicate developments and results to industry stakeholders, including managing industry working groups and advisory board committees.
- Responsible for timely coordination of meetings and briefings with SEMI and US Government officials, including large group lobby days.
- Responsible for development of Congressional relations program.
- Coordinate and strengthen relationships with other industry trade associations with Washington, DC presence (SIA, CompTIA, IPC) and work with industry coalitions to achieve policy goals.
- Direct PAC activities including development of the fundraising and spending plans, oversee receipt of industry contributions, attend congressional fundraisers and ensure required FEC reports are submitted.
- Ensure compliance with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act and other requirements by submitting required lobby disclosure statements and maintaining compliance with ethics and gift rules.
- Prepare written and oral reports for timely dissemination to SEMI staff and members.
- Manage SEMI’s Washington, DC office, responsibility includes budget and lease management.
- Oversee selected global industry advocacy issues that are broader than U.S. public policy, such as intellectual property protection and international trade policies. Coordinate efforts with SEMI regional offices.
WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE:
- You have created, communicated, and delivered a successful public policy agenda focused on technology and advanced manufacturing.
- You have helped SEMI to build a strong and active technology voice that is has proven valuable to stakeholders.
- You understand your varied audiences, know how to attract new participants, and are successful at increasing visibility and strong relationships with policymakers and their staffs.
- You are a valued team member to SEMI Global Advocacy by contributing quality content, insights, and expertise.
- You are able to navigate the cultural divide between Washington, DC and global technology executives.
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS:
- Understands process of policy making and changing institutional context influencing events.
- Builds stakeholder confidence, is committed to increasing member satisfaction, solicits opinions and ideas from members and incorporates them into overall agenda, and responds to internal customers.
- Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate but easily understandable public policy updates, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.
- Manages a fair workload, volunteers for additional work, prioritizes tasks, develops good work procedures, manages time well, handles information flow.
- Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, and stays focused under pressure.
- Listens attentively to others, asks clarifying questions, actively listens, stays open to other viewpoints, manages distractions and interruptions.
- Listens well, diffuses conflict before it starts, finds causes of and solutions to problems, handles difficult people.
- Collaborative leader with the ability to initiate contact, work with agencies, governmental entities at all levels, policy analysis, legislative process.
- Willingness to travel (less than 20%)
FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE OR PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE:
- BA/BS Political Science, Economics, Business, or a related subject - MA/MBA preferred.
- 8-10 years progressive experience dealing with governmental activities and officials of varying levels, including experience working with Capitol Hill or with the Administration.
- Strong knowledge of high tech and/or advanced manufacturing public policy.
- Ability to manage SEMI U.S. government relations staff to ensure high standards for performance are established and implemented.
- Position requires high degree of tact and effective communications skills and expertise in dealing with government/congressional officials, SEMI members and SEMI staff of all levels.