Director of Policy and Government Relations

Summary of Opportunity:  The Home
Builders Association is a forward-thinking advocate and thought leader for the
residential development and construction industry.  We promote and help our members provide a
diverse range of housing options for our region’s residents.  We work to ensure that the industry can meet our
region’s housing needs in a manner consistent with shared values.  We also are a strong advocate for reducing or
removing impediments that negatively impact the efficient and affordable
production of housing.  This includes a
wide range of owner-occupied and rental housing, including new and remodeled
construction, in the greater Portland region’s six surrounding counties. Our work emphasizes a need to
reduce barriers to and increase opportunities for infill and redevelopment
balanced with an appropriate supply of developable land for housing.  We work with jurisdictions, utilities,
agencies and any other entity whose work impacts the timing, cost, certainty
and ability of those providing housing. The Director of Government
Relations is not only charged with leading the above-listed work, but also
plays an integral role in furthering our efforts to provide transitional
shelter for the homeless, promote sustainable construction practices, and
develop a skilled workforce to meet our industry’s needs.  The ideal candidate can build
upon the relationships with our local City, County and Metro governments, as
well as numerous regional partners connected to housing, land use and other
related issues.  We also work closely
with our affiliated Oregon Home Builders Association and the National
Association of Home Builders on State and Federal legislative, agency and
policy issues.    Overview of Responsibilities:Lead HBA’s government and
political relations staff and work, coordinating with the CEO, Board, the
Government Relations Committee and other HBA Committees/Councils either
directly or through objectives and goals in the HBA’s Strategic and
Operational Plan.
Serve as a key HBA liaison to city, county
and Metro governments and agencies; ensures HBA prioritizes and monitors
jurisdictions and is represented as
needed at hearings and government meetings; develops and actively
maintains relationships with policy makers,
interest groups and others involved in the policy process.
Strengthen member involvement/engagement in our
public policy work, including grassroots support as well as involvement on
various civic committees and commissions that impact our industry.
Oversee funding support and growth in HBA’s PAC
as well as our legal defense fund.
Work in conjunction with staff and
contracted communications/PR support to ensure HBA messages, positions,
activities and efforts are well communicated to members, the media, area
governments, and other appropriate parties/groups. 
Coordinate HBA efforts to address, prioritize and
determine appropriate HBA involvement with member requests for assistance
in dealing with problems and issues that arise with local governments.
Serve as a key spokesperson for the Association
on governmental and political issues, coordinating with the CEO, other
appropriate staff and key HBA leaders on press relations and representing
HBA positions when issues arise and/or political positions need to be
Ensure HBA has high profile and strong
involvement in area political campaigns and on voter issues that impact
our industry, including the development of political action funds,
candidate recruitment and endorsement, and other political action efforts.
Collaborate with affiliated state organization
(Oregon Home Builders Association), developing a positive, close working
relationship with its CEO and lobbying staff to ensure statewide issues,
policies, and legislation that affect our members are addressed through
its policy-making structure.  Though
not expected to lobby actively at the state level, the position will
sometimes need to act in a supportive role to state efforts.
Coordinate special projects and research on
industry issues as needed, as well as other duties as assigned.
Evening and weekend work required in addition to
normal business hours.  Local travel
 Work Abilities/Skills Needed:Strong management skills, with ability to utilize
and mentor staff to their fullest potential.
Strong and effective written, oral and presentation
Ability to develop and implement strategies and problem
solve to address complex issues. 
An appearance/attitude that represents HBA in a
professional manner, develops respect from members and those within
government, and that interacts with government staff/officials positively
regardless of their position on issues. 

Able to achieve objectives in cooperation with
other staff, committees and members. 

 Other Desired
Skills/Background:Experience in volunteer engagement, preferably in
a trade association or similar environment.
Existing relationships with Portland area city,
county and Metro governments.
Some knowledge of residential
building/development issues, including land supply, land development,
building regulations and practices.
Requirements:  Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor’s
Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Pre-law or a related field
and at least seven years’ experience in progressively advancing advocacy and
lobbying roles.  Significant professional experience may be considered
in lieu of educational background.     Compensation and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position.  Base salary commensurate with experience,
with a general range between $90k-$115k. Benefits include a 401(k) safe harbor
plan with employer match, medical/dental/vision insurance for employee, long
and short-term disability, vacation and PTO, cell phone allowance as well as
other benefits to qualified employees. Summary
of HBAMP:  local non-profit trade association representing the
residential building and remodeling industries in the metropolitan Portland
area.  Association has approximately 1400
members, a staff of 25, and a $5 million annual budget.  Major activities include consumer shows (e.g.
Street of Dreams, Tour of Remodeled Homes, Spring and Fall Home & Garden
Shows), political and government affairs work, educational and certification
programs, business development activities and events, and public interest and
relations efforts.   HBAMP is affiliated
with state (OHBA) and national (NAHB) home builders associations. People will do well in our
work environment who:  Have an interest in and are
able to support the value of the home building and remodeling industries.  Enjoy an active, event-oriented environment.  Can work in an atmosphere where there is
regular activity and member/staff interaction, even when it may be a little
disruptive.  Look for ways to be of help
to others. Believe in the value of collectively working with staff and members
to achieve goals, even when this may slow down the process.  Able to work in an environment where
priorities and responsibilities are laid out in general but need to be adapted
to changes in needs or demands of the day/week. Application Requirements:  Please include a cover letter that addresses
your interest in the position and relevant highlights that match the position
requirements listed above.  Subject line
of email submissions should state “Director of Government Relations interest”
in order to ensure correct identification and handling.  Direct application and resume submissions to: Home Builders Association
of Metropolitan PortlandAttn: Dave Nielsen, CEO15555 SW Bangy Road, Suite
301Lake Oswego, OR  97035