Chief lobbyists may work for employers, or they may have their own businesses. Their job is to influence laws that are being considered by lawmakers, in order to benefit their clients or employers. Chief lobbyists oversee other lobbyists.
Employers require that their chief lobbyists have experience in government affairs at the local, state, or federal levels. They must be familiar with association management, strategic planning, and government relations. They must be familiar with public policy relevant to the industry that they are representing. They must be comfortable with and familiar with political advocacy. Chief lobbyists must be able to work independently, as well as in a team environment. They must have excellent communication skills. They must have interpersonal and leadership skills. They must have excellent public-speaking skills. They must meet with senior leadership regularly to discuss long-term and short-term strategies, goals, and objectives.
Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field. Since chief lobbyists oversee other lobbyists, they must conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner and provide timely feedback to their staff. They must be able to build strong teamwork. They must not violate their code of ethics. They are required to travel locally, to state capitals, or to Washington DC. They must attend various conferences. They must read relevant professional journals. They must keep themselves up to date with new laws, current events, and politics.
Chief Lobbyist Tasks
- Prepare press releases, informational literature, and communicate clients' positions to policymakers.
- Analyze legislative proposals and interpret current policies.
- Draft policy related advocacy materials.
- Schedule and facilitate meetings with legislators.