Principal activities of the Government Relations Director include:
# Manage department staff so that each state government relations manager contacts directly, by phone or email or face-to-face meeting, at least 80 elected officials every week; determine appropriate output measures for other government relations (GR) staff and senior fellows and manage for results.
# Oversee the creation of weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports on how our activities led to the introduction, consideration, passage, or defeat of legislation. If it isn’t reported, it never happened.
# Identify opportunities to advance our legislative agenda and prioritize and strategize our activities for maximum impact. Identify and contact legislative leaders in states where we are most likely to achieve our goals, and find the best way to reach them with our information, experts, and services.
# Help the GR staff and senior fellows quickly and professionally assemble the information elected officials ask for and have it in their hands, either by email or mail, within 24 hours of a request being received.
# Participate in ALEC, NCSL, CSG, National League of Cities, and other national membership organizations for state and local elected officials. Decide which task forces we should join, plan who from Heartland attends these meetings, try to get Heartland spokespersons or allies on their programs, and make sure the relationship is worked.
# Expand membership in The Legislative Forum at The Heartland Institute, a membership program whereby elected officials pay dues to received priority attention from Heartland staff, by overseeing the design and production of promotional material, distribution of the same, and effective follow-up. Oversee the invoicing and collection of dues.
# Plan, promote, and implement conferences, seminars, and receptions for legislative advisors in conjunction with meetings of national membership organizations for state legislators, other think tanks and advocacy groups, or on a stand-alone basis.
# Solicit endorsements from legislators and write up summaries of legislative accomplishments to print in QPR Newsletter and to share with donors and allies.
# Recommend to the Executive Vice President whether Heartland should join coalitions and sign open letters regarding pending legislation.
# Track activities that constitute lobbying (urging elected officials to cast a yes or no vote on pending legislation or urging voters to tell elected officials to vote a certain way on pending legislation) and report quarterly the time and expense.