CHICAGO HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY POSITION DESCRIPTION
TITLE: MANAGER, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
PURPOSE: To provide effective management in the planning, development and administration
of the Gardenís state and local government affairs efforts, working in conjunction with
matters pertaining to federal affairs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Creates and execute effective communications designed to strategically
position the Garden and its programs in the minds of policy makers.
2. Manages and organizes Board Committee - Local, State Government Affairs
and assists in facilitating Federal Government Affairs Committee meetings.
3. Interacts with all Garden departments to identify and promote programs
that have potential for government support.
4. Position Garden as a leader in public policy initiatives.
5. Attends internal and external meetings to cultivate new supporters and
recognize current government supporters.
6. Build and strengthen relationships with elected and appointed officials and
their key staff members.
7. Staffs the President and Board as appropriate via drafting correspondence,
scheduling appointments and coordinating Garden visits by government officials.
8. Advances the long-term strategic goals identified in the Updated Strategic
Plan by creating and maintaining strong relationships with government officials.
9. Enhances the operation of the government affairs department by organizing
maintaining records, files, correspondence and calendars
10. Attends Garden events and staffs Senior Management as necessary and
11. Enhance and expand coalition-building activities with public interest
DIVISION: External Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Government Affairs
REPORTS TO: Director, Government Affairs
POSITION REQUIREMENTS: In-depth knowledge of all branches of government, at the municipal,
county, state and federal levels. Knowledge of Illinois government at these levels is
necessary, as is an understanding of regional issues affecting Cook and Lake counties and the
municipalities located near the Garden. Five or more years experience interacting with state
and Cook County government legislative and executive officials. Knowledge of the state
appropriations process and grants. Previous interaction with government officials is
required. A bachelorís degree in government, or related field is required, advanced degree
preferred. Superior communications skills, written, oral and computer skills are essential