General Counsel & Director of Government Relations
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Location: Austin, Texas
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The Texas Veterinary Medical Association is seeking a Director of Government Relations & General Counsel to lead its government relations department and serve as the association’s chief legal advisor. As general counsel, this individual will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s legal affairs, including its in-house corporate affairs, and providing legal information to TVMA, its affiliated organizations and members. The position is also responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s government relations plan, serving as a registered lobbyist for TVMA, and providing guidance to the association’s political action committee.
Assists the association’s leadership in developing a strategic plan for known and potential legislative and regulatory activities related to the veterinary profession
Researches, analyzes, and monitors government activities that could affect the association and the veterinary profession
Assists association leadership in the development of position statements on proposed legislation and regulations and testifies before legislative bodies and agencies
Drafts, negotiates, and advocates for TVMA supported legislation
Builds and maintains professional relationships at the state capitol, at relevant state agencies, and non-governmental organizations
Serves as the primary staff liaison with the association’s political action committee
Provides guidance on legal matters affecting TVMA and the veterinary profession.
Drafts and reviews legal documents
Provides answers to general legal questions from members regarding statutes and regulations impacting the veterinary profession
Performs other duties as required
Holds a law degree from an accredited college or university
Currently licensed to practice law in Texas
A minimum of three years legal practice experience
Experience with the legislative process
Lobbying experience preferred
Experience in setting, managing, and meeting project or program targets
The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) was organized in 1903 and continues to operate as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of Texas. The purpose of TVMA is to support veterinarians as they practice the art and science of veterinary medicine in Texas. TVMA is made up of its members who pay dues and use our products, programs and services. These members currently number approximately 5,000 licensed veterinarians and Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs) practicing throughout the state of Texas.
Today, TVMA is one of the largest state veterinary medical associations in the nation and is recognized for its leadership on important issues, innovative solutions and effective representation. The excellence of its educational programs, publications and legislative efforts has fostered an outstanding reputation among veterinarians and sister associations across the country.