Manager, Government Advocacy


Job ID:



Cleveland, OH 


Administrative / General Business


per year

Employment Type:

Full time



Job Description:


The Greater Cleveland Partnership is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country with more than 10,000 small, mid-market, and large member companies. As a member of the Government Advocacy team, the Government Advocacy Manager will support GCP advocacy initiatives, local, state, and national community outreach activities, and internal and external government relations communications. In addition, the Government Advocacy Manager will be responsible for researching local, state, and federal issues relating to the organization's Public Policy Agenda; organizing and writing content regarding government, legislation, and current events; supporting and educating membership, volunteers, and staff.

The manager will also perform a variety of responsibilities in support of the Senor Vice President of Advocacy and the Advocacy team. Tasks include complex administrative, meeting coordination, support duties and special projects. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual with potential for growth within the organization.

Advocacy & Community Outreach Support

  • Coordinate logistics, scheduling, and drafting prompt follow-up communications as it relates to ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy meetings.

  • Aid in the building of coalitions and relationships with public officials, government staff, and partners. Including providing key staff support for the day-to-day operations of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition - a national collective of chambers of commerce across the Great Lakes region that jointly advocacy on federal policy issues.

  • Participate in National Small Business Association (NSBA) committee calls provide overviews on key matters discussed; may be required to attend quarterly NSBA Board meetings as needed.

  • Represent GCP at various external advocacy related meetings as assigned

Communications & Content Development

  • Assist in writing content, developing, and coordinating the biennial Public Policy Agenda, Every Monday e-newsletter, Mind Your Business e-newsletter, Overnight Election Report, Insight Videos, advocacy website, and social media.
  • Coordinate with the Senior Vice President on government relations related press releases and media opportunities as assigned.

Research & Policy Support

  • Research legislative and regulatory policies and activities related to GCP's Public Policy Agenda. Monitor legislation.
  • Work collaboratively with other Advocacy staff to develop overviews, testimony, letters, and comments as necessary to be presented to key stakeholders.

  • Provide internal staff and members with regular verbal and written updates on pertinent regulatory and legislative issues.

Volunteer Management & Events

  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment, keynote speakers, preparation of talking points and materials, and logistics for various Advocacy related conferences and presentations in Cleveland, Columbus and Washington, D.C.

  • Organize and provide support for Government Affairs Council, Small Business Caucus, and Partners meetings. Tasks include but are not limited to: planning and coordination of meetings; securing guest speakers; the development of agendas, PowerPoint presentations, and background materials or briefing information for volunteers; co-presentation of legislative issues; and recording meeting minutes. Support issue related task teams as needed.

  • Pursue opportunities for site visits, tours, and roundtable discussions with elected officials and membership.

  • Support GCP Events team in the management of Advocacy related events and meetings such as the GCP Public Officials Reception, COSE Day at the Capitol, and DC Fly In.


  • Perform complex and confidential administrative duties related to the GCP Political Action Committee (GCP PAC); and federal/state lobbying disclosures.
  • Participate in task teams and committee meetings as needed.

  • Manage special projects and meetings as assigned.

  • Manage COSE Small Business Advocate of the Year awards program for policymakers.

  • Other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Four-year degree or equivalent experience.

  • 3 - 5 years of experience in appropriate related field.

  • Must have significant, proven writing skills and be able to provide a writing sample.

  • Experience in creative writing, briefings, and PowerPoint presentations.

  • Experience working with volunteers and committees either in a staff support role or as an active volunteer.

  • Aptitude and understanding of business issues, including those faced by small businesses.

  • Excellent communication skills to clearly and accurately convey issues and needs facing businesses to all levels of management/stakeholder.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, without supervision in a team environment.

  • Long-term and short-term planning skills.

  • Commitment to quality.

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing personality, interested in helping others.

  • Ability to work with volunteers.

  • Ability to manage multiple clients and multiple projects, prioritizing workload as needed.

  • Commitment to economic and community development.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Package (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and Microsoft Outlook.

Organization Info
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Organizational Profile