The Cigar Association of America, Inc., the leading national trade association for the cigar industry founded in 1937, is currently looking for a full-time, salaried Director of Legislative Affairs cigarassociation.org

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION

• Supports the President in the achievement and management of the strategic federal affairs plan and program on behalf of the Cigar Association of America, Inc. (CAA) and the common goals of its members.
 
• Builds relationships with federal government elected officials, representatives, and media. 

• Coordinates events and meetings that promote legislative initiatives. 

• Works closely with the President on the Cigar PAC, our political action committee for the cigar industry, to implement strategic initiatives. 

• Works closely as part of a team with other CAA employees to carry out CAA’s shared vision and mission, including working as a team on administrative and supportive tasks as needed.

• Provides administrative support for CAA members as needed including assisting with the coordination of the CAA Annual Meeting each November.

• Assists the President as needed with administrative and office support, projects, and meetings. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Assists with leading CAA’s government affairs activities by establishing positive relationships with elected officials, their staff teams and other civil servants for the purpose of developing association initiatives. 

2. Develops and implements strategies to profile CAA and enable policy development and legislation to support for the development and growth of our member companies and the cigar industry. 

3. Identifies strategies to engage members in public policy input, lobby campaigns and government relations. 

4. Assists with Cigar PAC in the following areas: mission accomplishment, fundraising, budget development, and events. 

5. Provides administrative support as needed for members, assists with the federal affairs department budget, provides cigar product for event in-kind contributions, and other office administrative needs. 

6. Monitors news media and government sources for potential changes in regulatory and legislative areas to ensure that CAA reacts effectively and advises members of the resulting impact on their business operations. 

7. Advises members on their own lobbying efforts.
  
8. Attends federal government meetings on relevant legislation for CAA and its members. 

9. Writes briefs on various initiatives for educational, promotional, and policy development. 

COMMUNICATIONS  

Builds strong collaborative relationships with organizations, including senior government officials in relevant federal governmental departments and positions, and able to communicate effectively with members and others through brief reports, industry alerts, newsletters, and other communication channels. Assist with the association website as needed in areas such as updating the site content and writing articles.  

SUPERVISION

Directs the work of some contract consultants and contract assistants as required. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

• A four-year university degree. 

• Government relations experience coupled with a strong understanding of federal government processes and institutions. 

• Demonstrated competence in team building, administration, and organizational management. 

• Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to build professional relationships with governmental officials. 
 
• Superior oral and written communication skills. 

• Demonstrated ability to communicate with people from various backgrounds (e.g., government, consultants, and media). 

• Ability to respond to member needs (strategically and tactfully) as well as exercise leadership and diplomacy as needed. 

• Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Power Point applications. 

• Be a learner and team player. 

• Possess a positive, motivated, can-do attitude. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

• CAA offers a collaborative, cohesive work environment where team bonding, synergy, trust, and a whatever-it-takes attitude are commonplace with each staff team member. CAA also strongly believes in empowering its team members with the skills and knowledge to be successful personally and together as the national trade association for the cigar industry. CAA also offers a generous compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience and educational background. 

• Frequent evening meetings or events, including some weekend work. 

• Occasional overtime work. 

• Occasional domestic travel. 

• Available as needed by the President.       

To Apply: 

Please email your cover letter and resume to cwilliamson@cigarassociation.org (Craig P. Williamson, President, Cigar Association of America, Inc.).