Vice President, Corporate & Legislation

Vice President
Corporate & Legislation

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About the Role
Kasirer is seeking to hire an energetic, hard-working strategic thinker to join our team. As Vice President, Corporate & Legislation, they will work closely with the firm’s current clients and lead complex projects, as well as look to expand the firm’s corporate practice in our work with critical stakeholders to improve City and State operations.

Kasirer is looking for an individual with strong intergovernmental skills and experience who has either worked for or with government or private sector companies in government relations roles and has a deep understanding of advocacy, community relations, coalition building, and issue, policy and legislative campaigns. They will develop strategic plans designed to engage decision makers in government and elected office to achieve concrete goals for our clients, including reputational development, procurement, legislation and more. They must have a keen understanding of the intersection of community stakeholders, influencers, third party organizations and labor to craft a coalition of supporters; they must be swift, focused and effective in crisis situations and have an ability to guide clients through delicate situations; and they must be strategic negotiators and messengers. This person will be highly organized and capable of identifying opportunities and utilizing a network of connections relevant to our clients.

The Vice President must have a calm response to crisis and thrive in a high-pressure environment to lead clients through complex situations that spontaneously emerge, all while managing workflows on a variety of long-term projects with a discerning eye on the ever-changing political landscape. They must be able to manage and move multiple projects forward for numerous clients simultaneously and stay on top of external events and developments that can be leveraged to help achieve a client’s goals. Relationships with City Councilmembers and Borough Presidents and their staff, as well as with members of the Mayoral administration are key. The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator and able to work collaboratively with the firm’s leadership and staff to promote a respectful and inclusive environment that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork. In addition, they must be respectful of the perspectives of others and possess sound judgment.

Specific Responsibilities

The Vice President, Corporate & Legislation will be responsible for:

  • The management of client relationships over a portfolio-wide engagement on multiple projects;
  • Managing complex projects for clients including procurement, legislative initiatives and more;
  • Developing and cultivating a network of contacts in government, politics, and with civic leaders Citywide to advance clients’ medium- and long-range goals;
  • Drafting and executing strategic plans for clients designed to achieve their New York City government relations objectives;
  • Managing government relations associates and providing day-to-day mentorship;
  • Liaising with the Nonprofit and Real Estate teams to work on issues for shared clients;
  • Preparing thoughtful briefings and actionable strategy plans for Kasirer’s principals and clients;
  • Monitoring trends among clients and the shifting political priorities to help inform strategy and significant changes in the industry;
  • Pitching prospective clients, and much more.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Extremely strong organizational skills including detail-orientation. Able to organize, prioritize, track and manage workflow/resources. Ability to strategically manage multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Exceptional ability to distill complicated information into easy-to-understand memos;
  • Proactive about trying to get better at whatever they do; reflect on successes/failures, seek feedback, incorporate feedback immediately to improve, ask for the help or resources they need to be successful, and assume personal responsibility.
  • Understanding of New York City’s political landscape, and a strong interest in learning more about City government.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree a plus;
  • Minimum five (5) years experience working in either government relations, City or State government, political campaigns or advocacy;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working in NYC government strongly preferred;
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills and high attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and a strong team ethic;
  • Existing network of contacts with government officials, New York City elected officials and their staff, and community board members and civic leaders;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and lead multiple lobbying advocacy campaigns;
  • Willingness to attend night events/meetings and occasional weekend events;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office software, i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Kasirer is an equal opportunity employer. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume with the subject line “Vice President, Corporate & Legislation” to KasirerApplicants@kasirer.nyc.