The Yoga Alliance (YA) Government Affairs Manager will assist the association in its core effort to drive the policy agenda around legislative and regulatory issues and opportunities of the yoga community. The position will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer and Yoga Alliance’s retained advocacy consultants/attorneys.
•Monitor and analyze pending legislation, regulation, or government oversight activity in all 50 states and certain large localities affecting yoga studios, instructors, and teacher training programs.
•Provide regular updates to Yoga Alliance staff, Board, membership on legislative and regulatory developments
•Compose grassroots action alerts encouraging yoga community support for Yoga Alliance’s policy positions
•Assist in the development of Yoga Alliance positions on pending legislation and regulation and creative advocacy strategies to advance Yoga Alliance’s mission and objectives
•Participate in the development of policy-related communications efforts internally and externally, including newsletters, position papers and advocacy documents
•Anticipate legislative and political trends and help Yoga Alliance identify and manage any risks associated with these trends
•Leverage Yoga Alliance member resources to optimize Yoga Alliance effectiveness in government relations
•Assist Chief Operating Officer in oversight of retained consultant contracts and assist consultants in coordinating efforts with members
•Assist with coordination of lobbying efforts on the state level
•Manage the association’s political giving strategy in an effort to bolster individual and industry allies
•Two (2) to Four (4) years of relevant experience in a congressional, state legislative, or government agency office and/or in government relations within a corporation or association required
•A basic understanding of policy-making processes, including an understanding of the roles and decision points in executive and legislative branches of government, as well as the role of think tanks and other trade associations
•Strong leadership and writing skills
•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and members
The position is based in Arlington, Virginia.
Please send your resume, a cover letter, salary requirements and three writing samples to email@example.com by April 30, 2015.