The Government Affairs Director’s (GAD) has various duties and responsibilities including:
Monitoring state legislative and state regulatory actions that impact the membership of New Mexico Association of REALTORS® (NMAR); to bring it to the attention of the CEO and NMAR’s Legislative Committee, a committee for which the GAD is responsible; and, to take action when needed during the legislative session and in the interim. The GAD also should be aware of local government activity and be prepared to work with local associations. In addition, the GAD works with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to promote federal issue advocacy via the Federal Political Coordinators (FPC), Calls for Action (CFAs), and communications with the state’s congressional delegation.
Being responsible for the Issues Advocacy Fund Committee (IAFC) including processing applications for funding, setting up meetings, follow through, etc.
Overseeing the annual fundraising efforts of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee New Mexico (RPAC-NM); providing staff oversight of the RPAC-NM Trustees and meetings; overseeing the distribution of RPAC-NM contributions to candidates; communicating with NAR to ensure NMAR meets all the national’s RPAC and advocacy goals.
Ensure Call For Action (CFA) compliance among local boards on behalf of federal issues
Keep abreast of national issues via various NAR instituted communications
Communicate with New Mexico’s NAR political representative.
Oversee FPC selections
Attend yearly Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Set up annual meeting with congressional delegation
Fulfill requests for letters from NMAR to delegation on national issues
Conduct interviews with congressional candidates
Attend yearly GAD Institute
Keep abreast of state issues that may impact NMAR membership via state legislative interim committees, monitoring news, etc.
Responsible for all activity of the NMAR Legislative Committee including setting up meetings, establishing agenda and providing all the support materials, writing the minutes; setting up the various task forces and task force meetings, etc.
Help identify the various issues for NMAR’s annual legislative priorities; create brochures and other materials for presentation to legislators and NMAR’s membership.
Communicate with NMAR’s lobbying team.
Establish professional relationships with legislators.
Oversee SPC recruitment and retention; organize training; fulfill Secretary of State Office paperwork.
Review all introduced legislation, determine their relevance to the membership and make recommendations on the level of importance which may include support or opposition.
Monitor all priority legislation and attend committee meetings at which time NMAR’s position may be related.
Communicate to NMAR’s membership legislative activity on a weekly basis during the session.
Initiate CFAs via Voter Voice (a free service provided to NMAR via NAR) to NMAR’s membership on behalf of legislation that is of high importance.
Organize special events, including the annual “REALTORS® Day at the Roundhouse” and activity at the annual Business and Legislative meetings every January in Santa Fe.
Keep abreast of local issues via member communications and media monitoring.
Assist local organizations when requested.
Provide staff support for the RPAC-NM Trustees including setting up all aspects of Trustee meetings including producing the agenda, generating all support materials, producing the minutes; initiating committee membership selection; communications, etc.
Help establish yearly fundraising, participation, Major Investor and President’s Circle goals
Create monthly local association reports via Aristotle (political fundraising platform available via NAR) and distribute to all local associations, Trustees, DVPs and NMAR leadership.
Track local association efforts, determine and order awards, organize awards luncheon.
Initiate special events, including annual RPAC-NM kick-off event (usually in January).
Track contributions to ensure major investors are recognized.
Respond and fulfill local association requests for “non-giving” and “giving” list and numerous other requests.
Distribute quarterly “split” information to local associations which includes the RPAC dollars available to local associations for their use.
Receive and process local candidate or other funding requests.
Process RPAC-NM contributions requests via the RPAC-NM Trustees; help organize distribution and follow up; track all contributions for legislative or executive level candidates to ensure compliance with state contribution laws.
Assist as needed in the filing of Secretary of State candidate contribution reports.
File lobbying reports with the Secretary of State as needed.
Initiate check requests for congressional candidates and ensure their distribution
Distribute special recognition products (examples: major investor jackets; 50 anniversary pins).
Invite select NMAR members to select political events (legislative dinners, receptions) in which RPAC-NM has made contributions and, attend yourself as needed.
Provide staff support for the Issues Advocacy Fund Committee (IAFC) including setting up all aspects of meetings including producing the agenda, generating all support materials, producing the minutes, communications, etc.
Process all IAFC requests.
Follow up with all requests to track the expenditures and ensure compliance with the IAFC bylaws.
Author articles or other communications for REALTORS® Voice sent out quarterly by NMAR to its membership.
Work with marketing and communications to generate information on social media.
Participate in annual Teambuilding or other special meetings set up by NMAR.
Assist in annual fall meetings.
Travel as needed to local associations upon request.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
3-5 years’ experience in governmental affairs.
Should understand the political and legislative process.
Should have a basic understanding of real estate sales, mortgage financing, etc.
Should be able to follow and adhere to the bylaws and policy documents for each of the committees.
Should have basic computer skills for producing documents, spread sheets, tables, charts, etc.
Should be capable of handling basic office duties including use of the telephone, copying machine and postage meter.
Should be responsive to member’s requests and provide guidance and leadership when appropriate.
Should be able to work with others in the office.
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