Director of Government Relations

Job Description and Responsibilities

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is a non-profit organization that represents the 100 Sheriffs of North Carolina and their personnel. We are looking for a team member who is very detail-oriented and who can multi-task in a very fast paced, busy environment. We are also looking for someone with a sincere commitment to excellence and the success of the Association, as well as respect for the constitutional Office of Sheriff and the persons holding the Office.

The Director of Government Relations represents the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) at the General Assembly and before other government agencies on issues of importance to the Office of Sheriff in North Carolina.

The Director of Government Relations will develop and implement a comprehensive lobbying effort focused on law enforcement and criminal justice legislation.

The Director of Government Relations works closely with the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, the Association’s contract lobbyists and the Association’s attorneys.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Represents NCSA before legislative committees and government agencies
  • Serves as the “eyes and ears” at the General Assembly for NCSA and keeps designated NCSA staff updated on legislative developments and key initiatives
  • Monitors and lobbies study committees that meet when the General Assembly is not in session
  • Provides periodic current and detailed legislative updates to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Sheriffs of the Association
  • Establishes key working relationships with legislators and their staff
  • Accurately and persuasively presents NCSA’s position on legislation to decision-making legislators and their key personnel
  • Serves as a conduit for information to and from the legislature and NCSA
  • Coordinates NCSA activities at the legislature, including lobbying, setting up legislative meetings for sheriffs, drafting testimony, and/or preparing sheriffs for meetings, testimony or other activities
  • Researches and drafts NCSA position papers explaining law enforcement positions on important legislative issues
  • Develops research projects that address crime and public safety issues from a law enforcement perspective including strategic memos, policy briefs, fact sheets, and other research documents as needed
  • Tracks all boards and commissions where sheriffs are appointed and provides recommendations to fill vacancies
  • As requested by the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, speaks to external audiences, such as civic groups, on topics related to NCSA
  • Assists co-workers as necessary and performs any additional duties as assigned

Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, higher education strongly preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to develop sound working relationships with sheriffs, sheriff’s office personnel, NCSA staff, legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists
  • Ability to communicate clearly, precisely, concisely, and candidly
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and possess ability to accurately proofread documents
  • Must be able to prioritize, actively seek input, and problem solve
  • Ability to successfully multi-task with significant interruptions throughout the day
  • Ability to manage deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, email, and use of the Internet for research purposes
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Availability to travel within North Carolina to NCSA and related meetings
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of NCSA and law enforcement information
  • Ability to adhere to the NCSA’s professional standards and core values


NCSA offers a strong team environment and competitive salary, based on education and experience. Our workplace environment is well-equipped, professional, friendly, supportive, and very busy. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is located in Raleigh, with free on-site parking.

Supplemental Information:

The work is typically performed in an office or at the General Assembly while sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, weighing up to 20 pounds.

For immediate consideration:

Please email your cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@ncsheriffs.netNo telephone calls please!

Your email MUST specify that you are applying for the Director of Government Relations position, as we are currently advertising for other positions as well.

Upon request, inquiries will be kept confidential.

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