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NJEDA Director – Legislative and Regulatory Affairs in Trenton, New Jersey

Job Summary

As head of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for EDA, the Director leads the team that handles legislative and regulatory functions, including tracking and commenting on legislation that directly or indirectly impacts EDA and economic development in New Jersey; and overseeing the rulemaking process. The Director Legislative and Regulatory Affairs is part of the Legal and Strategic Affairs department and works across all functional departments. The Director works closely with the management team, the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Rules Office, and the Office of Administrative Law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviews legislation of importance to EDA and provides summaries and recommendations to ensure EDA’s awareness and adequate response to minimize the effect of adverse legislative activity or to advance positive legislation. Works with the Executive Team and other key staff to develop positions and proposed revisions, as necessary, to bills and legislative initiatives impacting EDA and/or economic development.

  • Manages team that: drafts rules for new programs and policies and/or revisions thereto; receives input from applicable program staff and deputy attorneys general and drafts proposed new rules and amendments for final review and approval by EDA Board; coordinates with the Governor’s Rules Office; and prepares all required rule proposal and adoption filings for transmittal to the Office of Administrative Law.

  • Ensures compliance with Executive Order 63 (Murphy 2019) by, among other things, striving to pursue the creation of a regulatory environment designed to support innovation, remove bottlenecks, and streamline interaction with the government, while supporting strong environmental, health, safety, and labor standards, and by overseeing the public engagement and stakeholder outreach process.

  • Oversees team responsible for: responding to legislative inquiries; preparing reports to legislature and other governmental entities; developing legislative communications and outreach strategies that advance EDA’s mission and business objectives and enhance key legislative relationships; and communicating with legislators and other elected officials, informing them of EDA project and initiatives milestones via written communications and in-person meetings.

  • Acts as liaison to other state agencies, legislative district offices, and Governor’s office to convey EDA position on legislation and policy. When appropriate, serves as EDA representative to policy-focused task forces, committees, councils, etc.

  • Works with the Senior Leadership Team and other internal stakeholders in drafting rules for new programs and policies and handling the regulatory process.

  • Ensures department practices and processes are in compliance with EDA policies and guidelines and are consistently applied.

  • Builds, develops, mentors and coaches direct reports to develop skills and behaviors to enhance performance. Sets staff goals and objectives, reviews staff semi-annually and annually against individual plans. Develops and implements training and succession plans for the team.

  • Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.

  • Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.

  • Performs other duties or special projects, as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of or ability to read, understand and communicate about complex legislation and other documents

  • Must possess rule-making experience

  • Must possess advanced research ability and information technology skills

  • Must possess knowledge of government, business and industry

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficient in grammar, spelling and editing; and foster communications with general public, news media, EDA staff, and various business professionals such as lawyers.

  • Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints with little or no supervision

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Ability to obtain a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the Authority

  • Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn new software packages

EDA Leadership Profile

  • Acquires and Develops Talent – Acquires and develops talent to meet current and future organizational goals

  • Builds and Manages the Team – Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to build, coach and lead a team with diverse levels of experience

  • Collaborates/Partners Effectively Across Boundaries/Functions – Encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration within teams and across organizational boundaries to achieve strategies and objectives

  • Drives a Vision – Inspires a sense of shared purpose; drives a vision

  • Drives for Results – Demonstrates a commitment to achieving goals; drives for results

  • Encourages New Ideas and Opportunities for Change –Encourages new ideas and initiatives; creates opportunities for change

  • Motivates and Energizes Others – Influences, motivates and challenges others; encourages contributions

  • Thinks Strategically – Makes sound, well-informed and strategic decisions; understands the impact and implications of decisions

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelors’ degree in related field; Juris Doctor degree preferred

  • Minimum of ten years experience in a legal capacity or in a professional/management position and/or equivalent professional experience

  • Minimum five years’ experience involving the reading, interpretation and/or drafting of legislation

  • Minimum of three to five years experience involving client/constituent contact requiring negotiation and persuasion

Advanced degree or industry specific certifications may be substituted for 1 year of experience

Physical Demands

  • Minimal

  • Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed


  • As necessary to events, meetings, businesses, etc.

Certificates and Licenses Required

  • Admission to the Bar of the State of New Jersey


The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees.

This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under FLSA.

NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Requirements

  • Foreign degrees/transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service at your own expense and must be submitted prior to a start date. If this cannot be provided within 21 days of an offer the offer will be rescinded.

  • Must comply with the “New Jersey First Act” which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.

  • Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.

ID: 2021-1620

External Company URL: njeda.com