National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Position Description TITLE

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Position Description
Executive Director, Governmental Affairs
Alexandria, VA
June 2014
Office of Legal Counsel
Office of Legal Counsel
Minimal, less than 10%
Generally Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm (minimum 37.5 hours within five (5) days per week);
unless otherwise required or approved by management.
This position reports to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel
One governmental affairs employee
Daily contact requiring courtesy, discretion, and sound judgment
Position is responsible for assisting in the development of and then implementing the organization’s
strategy for providing guidance and technical assistance on child protection legislation and policies at
the federal, state and local levels. Position responds to requests from legislators, legislative staff, law
enforcement, government and non-government entities, the general public, and internal staff on child
protection legislative issues.
Coordinate with senior management to develop and, as necessary, to revise the organization’s advocacy
agenda and strategy on child protection legislative issues
Oversee implementation of the organization’s legislative and governmental affairs agenda and strategy
Track federal, state and local legislation relating to child protection issues to provide awareness of latest
legislative developments to internal staff and to provide technical assistance as needed to external third
parties on pending legislation
Create and maintain a working library of federal and state child protection statutes, including but not
limited to statutes relating to the following subject areas:
background checks
enticement, including online enticement
sex offender registration/community notification
child victims/witnesses in court
criminal custodial interference
safety education
appropriations/funding issues
criminal penalty statutes for child-related crimes
child pornography
international family abduction
reporting of missing children
civil custodial interference
safe haven for newborns
restitution for child victims
child sex trafficking
Represent the organization before the media, governmental bodies, federal, state and local officials, and
third party working groups and coalitions as directed
Respond to requests for technical assistance by federal and state legislators and their staff and
governmental agency officials
Consult with internal staff in responding to third party requests for guidance and technical assistance on
legislation relating to NCMEC programs of work
Coordinate with the Office of Legal Counsel in developing written testimony and formulating the
organization’s legislative priorities and positions, including internal NCMEC policy positions relating to
legislative issues
Respond to media inquiries as requested by the PR & Communications Department
Assist with organization of Congressional Breakfast and Hope Awards as needed
Serve as staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors and draft minutes and
supporting documents as needed
Assist President and General Counsel on other matters as requested
Report to the General Counsel on all projects
Promote and exhibit loyalty to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the cause of
protecting children worldwide
Promote a professional image
Communicate with co-workers, management, Law Enforcement officials, and others in a courteous and
professional manner.
Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions.
Respond promptly when returning telephone calls and replying to correspondence.
Bachelor’s degree in public affairs, public policy, public management or related field. Advanced degree
Minimum of 10 years of substantive experience in government relations, legislative affairs and policy
Proven experience developing and maintaining strategic relationships with legislative and executive
branch officials
Demonstrable experience working with Congress and federal, state and local government agencies
Experience working with non-profit organizations preferred
Experience coordinating national policies on child protection preferred
Extensive working knowledge and experience with Capitol Hill protocols and processes
Ability to think strategically, communicate persuasively, act decisively, and manage effectively
Skilled at drafting briefing documents, correspondence, presentations, monthly, quarterly, and other
written communications
Exercise good judgment in setting priorities and interacting with internal and external contacts
Demonstrated ability to effectively perform research
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
Excellent public relations and interpersonal skills and abilities
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks
Demonstrated word processing, spreadsheet and database software proficiency
Adaptability, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team or in an individual capacity
Ability to handle and maintain the integrity and confidentiality of highly sensitive material and
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the
employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related
instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give
instructions or assignments.
A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the
performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and
requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with
disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and
abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a
direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed
in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will"
Health Benefits
• Flexible Spending Account (Medical and Dependent Day Care)
• Health Insurance (medical/prescription, dental and/or vision options)
• Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (employer funded is standard and
optional additional coverage is available)
• Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance (employer funded)
Paid Leave Benefits
• Paid holidays (Observed and Floating)
• Paid annual and sick leave
Retirement Benefits
• Defined-contribution plan (employer funded)
• 403(b) retirement plan
Work/Life Benefits
• Credit Union Membership
• Discounted Gym Memberships**
• Employee Assistance and Work-Life Program
• Flexible Work Arrangements
• Parking and Public Transportation Assistance**
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Reward and Recognition Program
• Tuition Reimbursement
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and résumé with salary requirements via E-mail to
[email protected]; facsimile to Human Resources at 571-482-3390; or mail to the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children, 699 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3175; Attn: HR Recruiter. NCMEC
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
*Only regular full-time employees are eligible to most receive benefits.
**Denoted benefits for employees located at our headquarters office in Alexandria, Virginia only.