Thursday, September 17, 2015

Government and Public Affairs Associate -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) seeks a personable, creative, energetic, hard-working and committed professional to serve as Government & Public Affairs Associate. This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. The individual will be expected to perform the following duties in these key areas: Political Communications - Generate daily content for the department’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts based on public policy issues affecting interior designers - Work closely with the ASID Marketing and Communications Department on: o increasing direct and constant communication with ASID membership regarding government affairs activities on the local, state, and federal levels. o implementing the government and public affairs strategic communications plan o creating and managing all internet-based and multimedia communications of the government and public affairs department, including collecting and writing content for monthly internal and external publications o maintaining ASID’s advocacy contact network o managing the government affairs portion of the ASID website, including writing and editing content as necessary o drafting press releases and op-eds for approval o planning, developing, and assisting to implement targeted issue awareness and advocacy campaigns with ASID local chapters Codes - Lead ASID staffer responsible for monitoring and developing participation in the review and adoption processes of all types of codes affecting interior designers including building and fire codes as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). - Lead department staffer to the ASID Codes Committee - Drafts for approval a plan to educate ASID members and other key stakeholders on the impact interior designers have on codes - ASID headquarters staff liaison to code-writing organizations such as the International Codes Council, National Fire Protection Association and built environment stakeholders who also maintain a codes council - Routinely will represent ASID at both private and public sector codes stakeholder meetings and events - Works with ASID lobbying team to establish relationships with appropriate U.S. House and Senate congressional committees and federal departments Ethics and Administration - Manage all duties and responsibilities associated with enforcing the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for members of the Society - Perform other administrative related duties as assigned Qualifications and Requirements The ideal candidate will possess: - Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, political science or related field preferred - 3-5 years of experience in political communications - Capitol Hill and/or campaign experience is preferred, but not required - Beginner to intermediate level (or above) knowledge of codes required - Exceptional writing skills preferred - Ability to create and organize databases preferred - Results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile required - Exceptional attention to detail and organization required - Proactive and self-starting required - Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and respond to shifting priorities required - Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other standard software Applicants should have exceptional writing skills, ability to multi-task, willingness to work hard, accountability to goals, energy and enthusiasm for innovation, and overall interest in government affairs. AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS (ASID) The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is an association of designers, industry representatives, educators and students all committed to advancing the practice of interior design as well as demonstrating the power it has to positively change people’s lives. ASID’s Government & Public Affairs Department plays a crucial role in upholding the entire association as the voice of the industry by representing its’ members at all levels of government throughout the United States. The role of a professional interior designer on a construction/renovation project is to work closely with the public, commercial, or residential owner or tenant to fulfill their goal of how a structure’s interior space will function and consequently affect future occupants. To accomplish this, interior designers are directly involved from start to finish in all major phases of constructing or renovating and work alongside architects, engineers, developers and construction contractors. Interior designers focus on and specialize in planning and monitoring construction of a building’s interior elements such as non-load bearing walls, HVAC systems, hallways, walkways, entrance and exit doors, stairwells, lighting quality and quantity, and even acoustics. To apply, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume to Applications without all submission requirements will not be considered.

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