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Government Relations Specialist

Posted: 10/04/2022

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), a not-for-profit organization, is searching for an organized and self-motivated individual to join our team as the government relations specialist. This position supports activities related to public policy-making processes that impact the association and its members, grassroots advocacy, activities related to ethical inquiries, task force coordination, and provides administrative support to the VP of Government Relations. We are looking for an individual who’s excited to meet our state legislators, build relationships, and bring fresh ideas/collaborate on strategies to benefit the organization, our members, and other key stakeholders. We pride ourselves on excellent member service, helping them solve problems, no matter how small the problem is.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and assist with various legislative outreach programs including but not limited to marketing communications to members and attending events as needed
  • Coordinate and implement solicitations, including mail, email and phone efforts as well as track fundraising efforts for our Political Action Committee (PAC) through monthly reports and other tracking mechanisms
  • Manage administrative tasks for the Professional Ethics Committee including ethical inquiries, working with committee members, and preparing communications for ethics investigations
  • Coordinate related task force/committee meetings, take minutes, follow-up on tasks
  • Review and update government relations webpages on a quarterly basis
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with key State of Michigan officials and legislators
  • Other administrative duties
Required skills:
  • Effective and diplomatic communications (verbal (phone calls and in-person) and written (through email, chat and text); Detail-oriented; efficient time and project management skills; self-motivated; ability to work independently; investigative and problem-solving skills
  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree (or equivalent in related field (for example, but not limited to: experience with legislators, regulatory agencies, political campaigns, or public administration))
  • Ability to build professional rapport with employees, members, volunteers, business community and other stakeholders and work in cross-functional teams
  • Access to reliable transportation for traveling to meetings/events within the state, as needed
Desirable skills/knowledge:
  • Association or trade/service organization and customer service experience
  • Understanding of public policy and legislative activities
  • Having legal experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Ability to occasionally transport supplies/equipment weighing up to 50 pounds from the office to vehicles to facilities with wheeled carts
Cultural Expectations:
  • Support, embrace, and live the Association’s culture of bringing joy to the workplace each day; creating an environment of trust with co-workers and with other departments; and contributing everyday innovation to leadership from the smallest idea to organization-changing ideas.
  • Actively participate in continuous and quarterly feedback sessions with supervisor
  • Establish goals and strive to accomplish them
  • Seek developmental opportunities for your personal and professional growth
  • Develop and maintain contemporary knowledge of the CPA profession.
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply unless they meet every qualification. We are dedicated to building diverse teams, ensuring equitable pay and an inclusive environment where our staff feel a sense of belonging. If your experience doesn’t align completely, we encourage you to apply anyway! We want to know more about you. You might just be the right candidate! All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, veteran status, [dis]ability, genetic information, or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state, or local law.
  • Medical with Rx, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k)/Safe Harbor Contribution
  • Flexible PTO, vacation, and nine paid holidays
  • Time off (up to 1 day) to volunteer in serving your communities
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Training and development
  • “Buddy” program for new employees
  • Hybrid work environment - modern office with adjustable height desks and ergonomic chairs; ability to work remotely and flex your schedule when needed
Who We Are
MICPA is a diversified, professional, member-driven association for certified public accountants and affiliated professionals in the State of Michigan. With 16,500+ members spanning across several different industries, we are the leading statewide professional organization dedicated to serving our members, the CPA profession, and the public they serve through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
We are a welcoming and inclusive staff who embrace a culture of belonging, joy, trust, and innovation with intentional focus on diversity, equity and inclusion through quarterly listening & learning sessions, a dedicated committee, and efforts woven into our strategic plan. We are focused on employee health and wellness, appreciation, individual development, and serving our communities. For more information, please visit:  

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