NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

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Vice President and State Legislative Counsel, State Government Relations

As NCTA’s Vice President and State Legislative Counsel, State Government Affairs, you will focus on state communications and technology policy issues that are important to the Internet and television industry. You will identify and provide substantive analysis of relevant state and local legislative and regulatory activity and coordinate related industry efforts with NCTA’s member company state government affairs teams and the industry’s state cable associations. You also will represent NCTA with national intergovernmental organizations representing state legislators and local governmental officials. Your understanding of the industry’s state legislative issues will enable you to act as a strategic adviser within NCTA and as a strong ambassador to NCTA’s members, the industry’s state associations, and state and local intergovernmental groups.  This role will report to the Leader of the State Government Relations Team.

Primary Job Duties/Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Overview: NCTA’s primary role vis-à-vis state government relations is to coordinate with and to provide expertise, action plans and strategic advice to help our members’ state government relations teams and the industry’s state associations achieve their public policy goals. While our Team does not engage in direct advocacy with state legislatures or agencies, we do actively engage with national groups representing state legislators and other state and local officials. The Vice President & State Legislative Counsel will have three primary functions. 

Legislative and Regulatory Activity

  • Identify state legislation that is a priority to NCTA’s membership, curate and supervise the monitoring and tracking of state legislative and regulatory issues related to broadband/Internet, video, and telecommunications; and manage the relationship with NCTA’s state legislative tracking service.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with NCTA’s federal government relations and legal teams on policy issues and with strategic planning.
  • Develop and distribute regular communications/written reports for NCTA’s senior team, member companies, and state associations on state legislative trends and issues; prepare and deliver presentations internally and externally (e.g., at state association or member state government affairs meetings) on state policy-related issues; testify as a national expert in the states upon request by our member companies, assist in preparing presentations for the NCTA Board and for other groups.

Strategic Planning and Coordination

  • Build and maintain relationships with member company (MemCo) state government relations executives and the industry’s state association executives (Association execs).
  • Provide strategic advice to MemCo execs on their state and local policy priorities and work with the Team to create action plans for NCTA to help our members achieve those priorities.  
  • Communicate with MemCos and Association execs about legislative and regulatory developments and the execution of action plans on a regular basis, take an active role in NCTA’s bi-weekly calls with MemCo execs, and our bi-weekly calls with Association execs.
  • Work with the Team on periodic State Leadership Conferences; our Broadband Cable Policy Summit for state legislators; our Key Contacts fly-in; and on our webinar series with member company representatives, state officials, academics and other influencers to address timely issues; and develop new opportunities to convene.
  • Moderate and participate in educational panels, conferences and virtual events for our Memcos, Association execs.

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

  • Develop and maintain relationships with national groups representing state legislators and other state and local officials in order to identify legislative/regulatory trends and to advocate on behalf of the industry with those groups.
  • Participate in IGO meetings, either in person or remotely depending on the circumstances; capitalize on membership benefits by creating opportunities to present papers or appear on panels or other public speaking opportunities.
  • Educate these groups about our industry and build support for our policy priorities and positions.

Rural Broadband: 

  • In addition to state government relations, you will also work with the Team Leader on rural broadband issues and as a liaison to NCTA’s rural market members.  This may involve speaking at company management meetings and organizing and participating in rural broadband events

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Law Degree and Bachelor’s degree with a 4-year accredited college or university required.
  • Previous regulatory, advocacy, research or analytical experience involving broadband, video, telecommunications or Internet companies, policy organizations, or think tanks required.
  • Working knowledge of broadband, video, telecommunications and Internet industries, including current regulatory and legislative issues. 
  • Flexibility and willingness to tackle special projects when assigned.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong research and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Travel required, consistent with governmental and NCTA health and safety guidelines.

Remote work is temporary due to COVID-19. This job normally operates in a professional office environment. NCTA is a COVID-19 proactive office and employees work from home with the option to work in the office on a voluntary basis or as needed. NCTA makes every effort to create and maintain an environment that is safe for our staff and takes the following COVID-19 precautions.

  • Personal ppe provided and required… face masks, hand-sanitizer, and gloves
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines and signage
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures

Vice President, Government Relations

Responsible for representational and advocacy efforts on behalf of the cable industry with assigned House and Senate offices.

Primary Job Duties/Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Advance NCTA’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill. 
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs.
  • Communicate NCTA’s priorities effectively on the Hill and to other stakeholders and interested parties.
  • Work collaboratively with NCTA’s internal advocates, external consultants, and other allies.
  • Work closely with member companies, e.g., make introductions, coordinate and report out on Hill meetings, share information, and understand their business models and policy positions.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with assigned congressional offices, NCTA’s government relations team, and member companies to provide progress reports, breaking news, predictions, and hypotheses.
  • Engage in a range of advocacy activities related to assigned members, caucuses, and issues to further the formation and implementation of NCTA’s legislative strategies.
  • Participate in NCTA policy and legislative strategy working groups.
  • Manage preparation of advocacy materials including one pagers, talking points, infographics, letters, press statements, opeds, and action alerts.
  • Coordinate departmental preparation for hearings and markups and report out on same as needed.
  • Monitor House and Senate activity in Committees and on the floor as needed.
  • Prepare weekly reports and updates as needed.
  • Build network on and off the Hill.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum of 6 years combined full-time employment on the Hill, in the White House, in an Executive Branch agency, at the FCC or FTC, with a public interest organization or government relations firm (required). (Applicants with less experience may be considered for a Director position).
  • Strong working knowledge of the legislative process (required), and experience working in or with both the House and Senate (preferred).
  • Familiarity with communications and technology issues important to communities of color (preferred).
  • Familiarity with the use of social media and coalitions to advance public policy goals (preferred).
  • Prior experience working on cable, communications, and technology issues (preferred).
  • Familiarity with the FCC, FTC, NTIA, and/or DHS (preferred).
  • Other required qualifications:
  • A strong sense of teamwork and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated success in developing strong collaborative relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and interested parties.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear effective way for a general audience.
  • Recognized ability to work autonomously, yet cooperatively, in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment and discretion.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word for Windows and familiarity with Box, SalesForce, Excel, PowerPoint, and Keynote.

    Remote work is temporary due to COVID-19.  This job normally operates in a professional office environment.  NCTA is a COVID-19 proactive office and employees work from home with the option to work in the office on a voluntary basis or as needed. NCTA makes every effort to create and maintain an environment that is safe for our staff and takes the following COVID-19 precautions.

  • Personal ppe provided and required… face masks, hand-sanitizer, and gloves
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines and signage
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures

Only applicants who submit a cover letter and resume will be considered.

Internship Program

NCTA’s Internship Program is designed to offer awareness and exposure to the internet and television industry. We provide both paid part-time and full-time internships during the school year and the summer months to qualified applicants in our Washington, D.C. office.

About NCTA's Internship Program

NCTA’s Internship Program provides a quality experience.

  • Meaningful work opportunities
  • Mentors who share their knowledge and expertise, and provide guidance and feedback
  • Team building activities, facility tours, career development workshops, and participation in Association social events
  • Department meetings
  • Exposure to top executives
  • A formal evaluation process
Candidates must
  • Be full-time secondary or post-secondary students
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be enrolled at an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills

Legislative Intern-Summer

All applicants must be currently enrolled in law school. Must have completed first year of law school.\

This is a paid internship.

Only applicants who submit a cover letter and resume will be considered.

This internship position provides assistance to the Government Relations Department regarding laws and regulations impacting the high tech, broadband, and communications sectors that are of interest to NCTA’s members, including antitrust, cable franchising, broadband accessibility and adoption, privacy, and rural broadband support. The position will offer unique opportunities to gain valuable work experience and knowledge of Congress, the Department of Commerce, USDA Rural Utility Service, the FCC, FTC, and state governments.

Job Description:

  • Monitor, track, and analyze legislation and regulations and upload information into data management system
  • Monitor and report on Congressional hearings, markups, and floor proceedings as assigned
  • Attend and summarize webinars, seminars, and panel discussions
  • Conduct research and prepare member/candidate profiles, briefing papers, weekly reports, presentations, and other materials for distribution to NCTA and its members
  • Assist the Government Relations team with other research and writing projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Currently attending Law school with 1L or more experience
  • BA or BS from an accredited college or university with a distinguished academic record
  • Able to work from home/school, using own computer and NCTA’s office should it re-open
  • Proficiency required with Microsoft Office products (including Excel and Power Point) and preferred with SalesForce and AirTable.
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of the legislative process and familiarity with telecommunications issues is desirable
  • Good judgment and initiative
  • This is for 20-25 hours per week.
     

    Remote work is temporary due to COVID-19.  This job normally operates in a professional office environment.  NCTA is a COVID-19 proactive office and employees work from home with the option to work in the office on a voluntary basis or as needed. NCTA makes every effort to create and maintain an environment that is safe for our staff and takes the following COVID-19 precautions.

  • Personal ppe provided and required… face masks, hand-sanitizer, and gloves
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines and signage
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures

NCTA Benefits

NCTA – The Internet and Television Association offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance with competitive employee premiums.
  • 401(k) retirement pre-tax and Roth plans with employer contributions
  • Vacation and sick leave as well as personal leave day(s)
  • Ten paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • 26 hours of volunteer pay each year to participate in community service
  • Training opportunities
  • Transportation benefits
  • Employer paid life insurance and disability benefits
  • Free in-building gym with new equipment