Government Affairs Manager

Wisconsin Bike Fed

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is one of the largest statewide bicycle advocacy organizations in the country.  The Bike Fed's mission is to cultivate, motivate, and unite a strong community of citizens as well as business and political leaders to move bicycling forward in Wisconsin - through education, legislation, and involvement.

Position Details

Government Affairs Manager
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is seeking a full-time professional to serve as Government Affairs Manager. Ideally located in Madison, WI, the Government Affairs Manager reports to the Executive Director and advocates for the legislative agenda of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. Ideal candidate exercises sound judgment and thrives in diverse work environments. They are also highly organized, outgoing, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. The Bike Fed is one of the largest statewide bicycle advocacy organizations in the country. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated, professional and creative individual to help grow the bicycle advocacy movement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead development and proactive implementation of the Wisconsin Bike Fed’s legislative agenda in partnership with senior staff and the Board of Directors. 
  • Analyze proposed and adopted legislation and actions from federal, statewide and local governmental bodies to determine and summarize fiscal and policy implications for bicycling in Wisconsin. 
  • Monitor and routinely report on federal, state, and local legislation that impacts bicycling and make recommendations. 
  • Develop and communicate an annual list of legislative priorities. 
  • Serve as a member of the Bike Fed’s Legislative committee and provide periodic written and verbal reports to the Board and Bike Fed members with updates on legislative developments and accomplishments. 
  • Engage in drafting Action Alerts to Bike Fed members and contribute to Bike Fed media platforms including website, e-newsletter, social media and annual Ride Guide Magazine.
  • Support the Board and Bike Fed staff in building and strengthening relationships with local and state partners, including legislators, local elected officials and leadership of aligned organizations. 
  • Some travel between the State Capitol in Madison, Bike Fed offices in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin communities to attend and participate in legislative meetings. 
  • Prepare and present testimonies before governmental bodies that represent the interests of the Bike Fed. 
  • Register as a lobbyist and manage Bike Fed lobbying regulation and reporting requirements.
  • Minimum educational attainment: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum work experience: three to five years serving in local, state, or federal governments, lobbying on behalf of organizational interests, or working in a related field. Familiarity with and knowledge of Wisconsin governments preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments, work independently, and respond quickly within a dynamic environment. 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrable aptitude for organization and time-management. 
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle. 
  • Work Schedule: Monday through Friday with some sporadic weekends and evenings. Occasionally will require travel within the state. 
  • Physical Requirements: Sitting for prolonged periods, typing on a computer keyboard, lifting objects of 25 pounds or less 
  • Equipment Used: Computer, audio-visual systems, printer/copier.

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000, commensurate with experience. Low employee co-pays for health & dental insurance, up to 3% of annual wages matched in a SIMPLE IRA account, and generous paid time off.

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, physical disability, mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin and any other protected status.

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