About the Role
The Mackinac Center seeks a director of legislative affairs to work with the senior strategist for state affairs overseeing the organization’s Michigan legislative initiatives and relationships. This includes the day-to-day management of policy priorities, communications, and relationships with the Michigan Legislature and executive branch; representation of the Center at state legislative functions and state coalition meetings; and working with policy leads, research, and outreach to drive legislative campaigns. The director may also be asked to manage emerging policy areas of interest to the Center that are not already under the purview of one of our policy analysts.
The position is based in the Center’s Lansing satellite office and reports to the senior strategist for state affairs. Applicants should possess at least a bachelor’s degree, five or more years of Michigan legislative experience, and a passion for articulating how the principles of free markets and limited government benefit everyone. Strong candidates will also have excellent interpersonal skills, public-facing communications experience, and policy depth. Travel to Midland headquarters twice per month, plus occasional in-state and out-of-state events and conferences.
- Coordinate legislative outreach for policy analysts.
- Build and advise broad-based Michigan coalitions, including industry and cross-ideological allies, to achieve policy goals.
- Cultivate relationships with members and their staffs, facilitating meetings and participating in relationship-building opportunities.
- Facilitate development of relationships between policy analysts and Michigan executive branch and legislative offices.
- Track legislative, administrative and agency initiatives by policy track, working with individual policy leads to develop legislative materials and pursuing educational and engagement opportunities.
- Identify potential legislative champions for individual policy campaigns.
- Develop templates to guide policy analysts in the creation of action plans to accomplish their legislative goals.
- Coordinate testimony training for policy analysts prior to potentially hostile hearings.
- Implement legislative tracking software.
- Manage one or more emerging policy areas of interest to the Center that are not already under the purview of one of our policy analysts.
- Represent the Mackinac Center at legislative events, public meetings, and state and national conferences.
- Support other duties as assigned by the Senior Strategist for State Affairs.
The director of legislative affair will contribute to the broader outreach and communications department team by working with the vice president for strategy and communications to pursue advocacy, network-building, and community engagement focused on expanding awareness and support for the Center’s legislative priorities.
About the Mackinac Center
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is an educational and research institute located in Midland, Michigan. We advance liberty and opportunity for all people. We develop free-market policy recommendations, challenge government overreach, and foster a climate of public opinion that encourages policymakers to act in the public interest.
Thanks to the Mackinac Center’s work, Michigan teachers are free to work without being forced to pay for a political agenda they disagree with; families enjoy new educational options and students can attend public schools without being required to go to the closest one; ridesharing drivers can operate without committing a crime just for giving someone a ride; the Michigan governor is not permitted to declare endless emergencies; and taxpayers no longer subsidize Hollywood production companies.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is ranked among the top five percent of think tanks in the nation, according to the University of Pennsylvania, and its people have been recognized through numerous state and national awards. The Mackinac Center’s model for understanding policy change — the Overton Window of Political Possibility — is frequently cited by policymakers, journalists and academics.
Qualified candidates should submit as PDFs their resume with a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, alignment with the Mackinac Center’s mission, and salary requirements. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.
To be considered for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to:
Vice President of Operations
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street
P. O. Box 568
Midland, Michigan 48640