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The Executive Director of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) provides day-to-day management and oversight of the association, including leadership and coordination of AAPCA's member-driven activities and programming, serves as the association's staff liaison to state and federal air quality regulatory agencies and other key stakeholder groups, and advances the mission of AAPCA through outreach, education, program development, and training. The Executive Director works under the direction of the AAPCA Board of Directors and in cooperation with CSG's policy, membership and executive management teams to support the needs of the association.
- Manages the day-to-day functions and deliverables of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), including budget, personnel, committees and program management at the direction of the association Board of Directors.
- Serves as the principal association staff leader tasked with promoting the association to external stakeholders, cultivating and maintaining positive relationships on behalf of the association and its members.
- Develops and deploys educational policy programming and deliverables to state leaders focused on air quality policy, translating complex local, state and federal air quality actions and requirements into meaningful and actionable intelligence for the association and its members.
- Develops and disseminates other policy research deliverables, programming, comment memos and letters, initiatives and meetings in support of the association's mission and its membership.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage and staff the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and coordinate the activities of all committees, working groups, research, deliverables, meetings and programming.
- Manage association resources (staff, volunteers, and budget) to ensure the proper implementation of established work plans and goals within agreed to timeline and budget parameters.
- Conduct relationship management with local and state air agencies, and other state officials and policymakers in all 50 states, DC and the US Territories.
- Provide educational testimony to state legislative and congressional bodies as directed by the association's officers and/or membership.
- Conduct relationship management with non-governmental organizations, national organizations/associations, researchers and national policy experts, forging productive partnerships and collaborative ventures in furtherance of the association goals.
- Cultivate relationships with external partners to support the development and deployment of unique public policy programming, projects and deliverables that seek to educate and inform local, state and federal officials about association concerns and priorities.
- On behalf of AAPCA's members, represent the association to various stakeholder and partner organizations, advisory councils and committees including participation in conferences and forums as well as technical working groups and other public speaking opportunities as requested.
- Maintain a productive liaison relationship with appropriate federal agencies, such as EPA, DOE, NOAA, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minerals Management Service, etc. on behalf of the association.
- Maintain a productive liaison relationship with, and represent the association to RPOs, national public interest groups and other organizations, such as the NGA, AWMA, NACAA, ECOS, etc.
- Under the direction of the association Board of Directors, facilitate outreach to and recruitment of new state and local/municipal air agencies as members of the association.
- Develop and conduct wide-spread dissemination of policy and education deliverables tailored for specific federal and state policymaking audiences on air pollution control, and state and local programs.
- Develop and conduct technical exchange workshops, training courses, and other educational activities in consultation with association officers and/or membership.
- Provide in-depth research, review and evaluation of federal and state air quality laws, statutes and regulations as they relate to concerns and priorities of the association and its members and provide updates on legislation, regulations, budget, and program guidance to association members.
- Plan, develop, review and monitor work linked to air quality project management and air quality training.
- Create and manage the active content of the association Internet website, including updates on related events, legislative tracking of state and federal activities, development of regular policy and informational newsletters, online resource library and project information and online databases.
- Conduct outreach to state officials, participate in identifying and supporting policymakers interested in association activities, events, deliverables and programs.
- Facilitate the development of and execution of work product from ad hoc workgroups comprised of member state and local agency staff.
- Initiate and develop resourcing strategies, management practice and thematic projects related to air quality in AAPCA member states and local areas.
- Review federal EPA regulations and policies and coordinate association responses.
- Write concept notes, position papers, and funding proposals in furtherance of association goals and member mandates.
- As required by specific projects and programs, timely submit appropriate narrative project and quarterly reports to meet grant requirements.
- Coordinate requests for and application of support services from the CSG host organization in furtherance of association projects, programming and goals. Examples include: communications and marketing, information technology and website, meeting planning and logistics, etc.
- Serve as the association's contractual officer and certified representative for all AAPCA contracts and grants.
- Accomplish other duties as directed by the association president, board of directors or membership.
- Participate in other CSG national, regional and affiliate meetings and programs as necessary to advance the mission of the association.
- Prepare concise and accurate written responses to requests for information.
- Plan, organize, and conduct meetings by arranging for speakers, identifying topics, supporting logistical planning, and preparing information.
- Ensure that senior staff and colleagues, partners, and funders are aware of relevant project developments and that other work in the field is leveraged for the advancement of project goals.
- Develop and expand a knowledge base on air quality management issues, including legal, regulatory and policy issues at national, regional, state, and/or local levels.
- Supervise additional policy and administrative staff as necessary.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Knowledge of local, state and federal air quality programs, challenges, and solutions.
- Understanding of state and federal legislative and policy development processes.
- Skill and competence to work effectively with a myriad of state officials, including high level executive, legislative and judicial officials.
- Ability to work with leading experts in the field of state and federal air quality, including researchers, policy experts, program providers and private sector representatives.
- Strong research skills including internet research and personal interviews.
- Strong writing skills, preferably including policy description and analysis as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
- Strong program design and proposal writing skills, including federal grants and reporting.
- Strong facilitation skills, including small group and inter- and intra-group facilitation.
- Knowledge of general state and federal government policy, with specific emphasis on air quality.
- Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of personnel management.
- Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of financial management and budgeting systems.
- Advanced ability and competence to work independently and to handle multiple complex tasks and assignments concurrently.
- Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
- Self-motivated, able to take initiative and see complex tasks through to completion.
- Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners.
- Five (5) years of relevant and progressive work experience in state or federal government or with a public policy organization and/or membership association. Executive branch, policymaking and/or federal grants work a plus.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of state and federal general policy issues, with specific emphasis on local, state and federal air quality laws, statutes and regulations.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of personnel and budget management.
- Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and managing externally supported policy projects and programming.
- Demonstrated experience as a grants writer with an emphasis on federal grant projects.
Bachelor's degree in engineering, physical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences; or business administration, political science, public policy or public administration with specific experience in air quality; or related field(s). A law degree, a Master's or advanced degree in an environmental field preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE JOB
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Frequently communicates with members, partners, sponsors, vendors and visitors in person, via telecommunications or electronically.
- Frequently answers telephone.
- Occasionally lifts objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds when moving office supplies.
- Frequently remains in a stationary position.
- Frequently operates a computer to create briefs, memos, and other documents.
- Periodic business travel including travel by car and/or airplane.
Interested individuals must submit a cover letter, resume, references, and at least one public-policy related writing sample with their application to be considered.