Vice President, State Policy and Government Relations
TechNet was founded in 1997 by leading high tech CEOs and venture capital leaders to create a network of the nation’s strongest voices in the technology industry to shape the public policies that impact it. TechNet actively promotes federal, state, and local policies that strengthen America’s innovation-driven global competitiveness.
TechNet's diverse membership includes dynamic American companies ranging from startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Albany, Austin,Boston, Chicago, Olympia, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley,Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C.
TechNet’s mission is to serve as the voice of the innovation economy by uniting CEOs and senior executives with leading policymakers in a bipartisan effort to sustain and advance America’s global leadership in technology and innovation.
We accomplish this through:
- Aggressive political outreach to both Democratic and Republican candidates and elected officials, including financial support for political candidates;
- Promotion of TechNet’s focused policy agenda;
- Strong relationships with elected officials, Administration representatives, and candidates for elective office;
- Creating, coordinating, and attending events and industry-based initiatives that educate thought-leaders and the public about technology’s priority policy issues.
As TechNet’s Vice President for State Policy and Government Relations, you will work with the public policy and political professionals from member companies to develop and manage TechNet’s 50-state program, managing TechNet’s regional Executive Directors and coordinating with other TechNet staff.
Issue Advocacy: Develop, advance, and support TechNet’s multi-state policy and political agenda, working with TechNet members. Manage TechNet’s state lobbyists and consultants in coordination with TechNet’s regional executive directors. Advocate on behalf of TechNet’s agenda before state legislatures. Work closely, in a bipartisan fashion, with legislators and their senior staff, policymakers at all levels of government, and member companies. Assist regional executive directors as needed to expand their capacity.
Media relations: Speak on background and on the record with reporters to educate them on tech policy trends, issues, and specific bills and regulations. Work with TechNet’s communications director to develop op-eds, blogs, and digital content and strategies to frame compelling arguments that support TechNet’s policy priorities.
Government Affairs: Develop and maintain strong relationships with member companies, legislative and constitutional leaders and their staff, the press, government agencies and commissions, multi-state organizations, and trade associations.
Events: Oversee the management and implementation of numerous relationship-building events for our members — from 1:1 meetings to policy roundtables to political fundraisers and large-scale events including a 2-day fall policy conference — with policymakers, technology industry leaders, and the press. Advise staff as necessary on determining meeting format and flow, scripting, talking points, and logistics.
Policy Analysis: Lead in the development and analysis of policy positions in conjunction with TechNet staff and TechNet members. Work with member working groups to determine policy positions, legislative strategies, and related advocacy efforts. Develop subject matter expertise in key policy areas as necessary.
Management: Develop and manage annual budget in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer and CEO. Develop and manage state political strategies in states where that is desired and supported by the membership. Manage and assist regional staff to help them be as successful as possible by developing policy positions; scheduling regular membership meetings; overseeing written reports to members and Executive Council; and achieving desired policy and political results.
Membership development and relations: As appropriate, provide guidance to the Vice President for Membership and Strategic Partnerships on growing TechNet’s membership through retention and new member acquisition. This could include participating in membership presentations and pitches, targeting sectors for membership development, and driving an aggressive schedule of events and relationship-building activities designed to attract and retain membership.
- Experience in and an understanding of politics, advocacy, and the legislative process, and the ability to quickly learn numerous policy issues.
- Experience working with senior executives, government affairs directors, and policymakers.
- A member-services personality and an aptitude for building and maintaining relationships.
- Experience in multi-state policy advocacy, preferably with some exposure to California.
- Strong strategic planning, analytical, and communication skills.
- An entrepreneurial orientation and a commitment to grow the overall organization.
- Technology industry experience, operational legislative or government service-related experience, and trade association experience a plus.
- Advanced degree preferred.
Interested candidates should email their resumes to Trish Albertson at email@example.com.