Director of Government Affairs with Dance/USA and OPERA America
Posted: May 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm, Last Updated: May 14, 2020 at 3:47 pm
The Director of Government Affairs for Dance/USA and OPERA America represents the fields of dance and opera before Congress, the White House, and federal government agencies. The position requires expertise in federal lobbying and advocacy, familiarity with the portfolio of federal arts policy issues, and a deep belief in the importance of the arts in society. The Director of Government Affairs is a position that relies on exceptional communication skills with numerous parties including the members of Dance/USA and OPERA America, the network of national arts service organizations, federal advocacy coalitions, and the staff and Boards of Dance/USA and OPERA America.
RESPONSIBILITIES – HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW
- Track key federal legislative issues related to arts funding, education, visas for foreign guest artists, cultural exchange, and nonprofit tax issues, in addition to other policy issues as they arise.
- Regularly represent Dance/USA and OPERA America in meetings on Capitol Hill, with representatives from federal agencies, and other national arts, education, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues.
- Participate as Dance/USA and OPERA America’s representative in all Performing Arts Alliance government affairs initiatives.
- Participate as Dance/USA and OPERA America’s representative in other advocacy coalitions to support strategizing, planning, and lobbying activities.
- Write, coordinate, and disseminate national Action Alerts and Advocacy Updates to the constituents of Dance/USA and OPERA America.
- Coordinate member meetings on Capitol Hill, including Opera Advocacy Day each spring and Dance/USA’s Board of Director’s hill meetings each fall.
- Design and implement periodic advocacy workshops for members of Dance/USA and OPERA America.
- Communicate and disseminate information about relevant government and advocacy activities to Boards, memberships, and staff, including submitting written advocacy board reports.
- Participate in key annual events for Dance/USA and OPERA America including board meetings, annual conferences, select members forums, and more.