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CEA - Connecticut Education Association

Connecticut Education Association
an affiliate of the National Education Association


Government Relations Associate

Based in Hartford, CT

 

Connecticut Education Association (CEA) is seeking a Government Relations Associate. The Government Relations (GR) Associate uses a full range of skills to support and advance the work of the Government Relations Department CEA advocates for students, teachers, and public education. The Government Relations Associate and under the guidance of the department’s professional staff, the GR Associate supports, assists, and advances CEA’s lobbying and member engagement efforts. The GR Associate helps to coordinate scheduling of meetings, correspondences, and events; maintains, edits, and produces correspondence, charts, reports, manuals, statistical tables, forms, and other materials as may be necessary; and otherwise assists the Director, Legislative Coordinator, and Political Engagement Coordinator in their day-to-day activities, including general communications, advocacy, and minor administrative and business tasks.

To Apply:
Résumés will be held confidential. Excellent salary: dependent on experience and qualifications, and competitive fringe benefit, and retirement plans. Letters of application, resumes reflecting essential qualifications and experiences and a list of three professional references must be submitted with application. Only qualified candidates need apply. Please send materials to the attention of:

Jennifer E. Green
Capitol Place, Suite 500
21 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106
email: jenniferg@cea.org

Association Overview:
CEA is a member organization championing for students, teachers, and public schools. We have been a leading voice for teacher professionalism and school improvement since we were formed in 1848 when 80 teachers met in Meriden.

CEA is headquartered in Hartford. Our members are public school teachers, including preschool through grade 12 teachers as well as retired teachers and college students preparing to become teachers. CEA advocates for legislation at the state and federal levels, represents the rights of teachers, and works with state policymakers to continue to elevate the teaching profession and promote public education.

CEA has more than 160 local affiliates and is governed by a board of directors of approximately 35 elected members. The board meets regularly throughout the year to set goals, approve policy, and implement specific measures adopted by CEA’s highest policy making body, the Representative Assembly (RA). The RA meets annually in May to set policy, approve a budget, adopt resolutions, and vote on new amendments to the CEA constitution and bylaws.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works collaboratively in a team environment to assist the Legislative Coordinator to support and advance CEA’s legislative and state agency lobbying efforts and the Political Engagement Coordinator to enhance political engagement activities at the local and affiliate level.
  • Interacts with partner organizations and the National Education Association to connect the GR Department to information and resources.
  • Conducts general research, is available to research and work on specific legislative/policy projects assigned by professional staff or the manager and supports CEA’s legislative/policy research and development to advance CEA’s legislative priorities; assists in maintaining a current bill and proposal tracking database.
  • Prepares and continually updates a directory of legislators, constitutional officers, election candidates, and other key governmental contacts.
  • Maintains the monthly and quarterly lobbying reports required of CEA by the State Ethics Commission, and as may be required by the State Elections and Enforcement Commission; develops ongoing familiarity with all state and federal election procedures and reports.
  • Supports CEA committees and commissions administered within the department, such as the Legislative Commission, CEA-PAC, Ethnically Diverse Educators Committee, and CEA Resolutions.
  • Fields incoming communications and questions based on own knowledge of the department and/or organizational activities, or from information from the files or other data sources, and routes communications accordingly.
  • Assists with arrangements for conferences, events, and meetings, including making reservations; arranging transportation; assisting as necessary in ordering food and beverages and coordinating with CEA’s events planner; compiling, and assembling materials; setting up meeting/conference packets; and performing other related duties; maintains calendar of government relations activities, coordinating with CEA governance and staff as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains general system of data and document management and controls, and as necessary, identifies, summarizes, and reports information from the files to ensure the smooth running and efficient workflow of the government relations area; maintains department materials and budget, including documenting expense vouchers and work orders, and maintains appropriate records and documentation.
  • Attends and supports department in meetings with staff, members, officials, or other designated individuals at the direction of professional staff or the manager and maintains related records and summaries of meeting outcomes.
  • Utilizes and continually develops technologically enabled strategies to prepare and maintain presentations, manuals, financial statements, statistical reports, forms, graphs, letters, reports, and/or other documents as necessary.
  • Proofs, drafts and edits correspondence, reports, manuals, and other documents using appropriate English grammar style-guide utilized by CEA.
  • Serves as CEA’s VAN administrator; works with appropriate personnel to ensure that the VAN and related databases are updated on a continual basis; provides training to CEA staff and members on VAN and related member and voter engagement tools; develops reports using the VAN and related databases for local and statewide political action.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Connecticut’s political and legislative process and detailed understanding of CEA’s political and legislative programs.
  • Proficiency in communicating issues related to governmental action.
  • Knowledge of Connecticut’s process and rules related to the State Ethics Commission and State Elections Enforcement Commission.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of voter databases, such as VAN.
  • Proficient in the use of technologies, including programs and applications to produce spreadsheets, virtual meetings, presentations, member engagement.

CEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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