Under the general direction of the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Florida Apartment Association (FAA), assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the overall government relations effort for the FAA. Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with state government officials, coalition building, and supporting local affiliated associations. Responsible for providing the industry’s view points and objectives to lawmakers and other interested organizations in a non-partisan manner.
Represent FAA’s and the apartment industry’s positions at public hearings, in private legislative meetings, and in public forums as appropriate.
Coordinate and communicate regularly with contract lobbyist(s), general counsel and local affiliate government affairs staff.
Develop and implement comprehensive government relations, strategies for state issues and when appropriate, local issues.
Assists the Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and EVP in the preparation and implementation of a legislative program, which addresses overall industry concerns, as well as specific issues that arise.
Assists in answering membership inquiries concerning issues, current legislation, local ordinances and other issues that affect the apartment industry.
Interfaces with representatives of NAA, FAA and other state, local and related trade associations to maintain an active network of legislative information.
Responsible for developing and maintaining a working knowledge of all industry related issues that can be impacted by the legislative process.
Serve as liaison and coordinate the management of the Apartment Political Action Committee (APAC), including communication, fundraising, reporting, compliance, budget, and distribution issues.
Develop talking points and white papers for both local and state issues.
Serve as point of contact for local and state legislative information and knowledge regarding ongoing legislative issues.
A background in government, politics and fundraising.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, familiarity with various communications tools including computers, the internet and various software applications.
Frequent collaboration with communications staff to draft blog posts, magazine articles, and social media posts.
Strong listening, comprehension, expression and consensus building skills.
Travel on a semi-frequent basis within the state and to national conferences as required.
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university; Master's or law degree preferred.
Trade association experience a plus.
A working knowledge of property management a plus.
Interpersonal communications, verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people.
Effectively using time and resources to accomplish program operations.
Maintaining effective business relations with those encountered in the course of work
Analyzing and independently solving a variety of situations and problems
Ability to work with volunteer committees and the board of directors.
Strong organizational skills, comfort in working in fast-paced environment.
This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required by the EVP.
Additional Salary Information: Full-time, salaried, exempt position with bonus potential. Base salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 401(k) with employer match, medical/dental/vision/life insurance for employee, PTO, cell phone, FSA, DCA, as well as other benefits to qualified employees.
About Florida Apartment Association
Since 1971, the Florida Apartment Association has worked to ensure high property management standards and resident satisfaction and safety in Florida. Volunteer leaders from throughout the state meet quarterly to discuss issues and challenges facing the multifamily housing sector. The association at both the state and local level also provides important social and career benefits for industry personnel.
FAA represents the majority of apartment homes in Florida - more than 630,000 units.