Regional Government Relations Manager

Job Description

Posted on: 
Nov 20, 2021

Regional Government Relations Manager (Remote)


Weedmaps is looking for a dynamic, bright and experienced full-time State Government Relations Manager to focus on Illinois policy initiatives. Primary duties of this position include: - Collaborating with Regional Market Government Relations Director and members of the Government Relations team to organize and implement comprehensive government relations strategies to improve state and local cannabis policy development and implementation outcomes in a multi-state region. - Manages the day to day activities in assigned region and provides timely feedback on issues to the regional director - Manages more junior staff assigned to the region - Meeting with as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with the Governor’s office(s), State legislators, departments and agencies and industry and non-industry trade groups, and tracking legislative and regulatory activity and engaging policy makers and department/agency leaders on Weedmaps policy priorities. - Coordinating state government engagement strategies with Weedmaps Regional Market Government Relations Owner, headquarters Government Relations team, and contract advocacy teams. - Working with Weedmaps Government Relations team to develop written products to support the company’s advocacy initiatives. - Meeting measurable objectives and departmental KPI’s and establishing system for tracking execution of key initiatives and clear reporting to senior stakeholders on progress and strategy. - Exceptional writing, data analysis and interpersonal skills are required. - The ideal candidate will maintain relationships with key lawmakers, regulators and staff, as well as the discipline required to work autonomously, and will have state legislative and regulatory advocacy experience.

The Impact You'll Make:

  • Report to and assist the Government Relations team with:
    • Tracking of state and local legislation, to include intelligence on emerging legislation
    • Coordinating with industry and non-coalition partners
    • Drafting factsheets, policy papers and legislation
    • Collaborating with Weedmaps Government Relations team on public affairs and grassroots advocacy efforts
    • Organizing data to support Weedmaps state and local initiatives
    • Represent Weedmaps in Illinois advocacy meetings
    • Make internal and external written and oral presentations on behalf of the company
    • Establish and maintain strong relationships with legislators, regulators, other policymakers and their staff; travel as needed for meetings with officials
    • Organize and maintain strategic partnerships and coalitions, and develop and carry out strategies to influence trade associations and other advocacy organizations
    • Consult with Regional Market Government Relations Owner and Government Relations team leaders to inform and support business planning processes and proactively raise and address issues of concern
    • Executing on system for tracking execution of key market policy status, strategies, initiatives, and projects
    • Clear reporting to senior stakeholders on Illinois strategy and policy progress

What you've accomplished:

  • BA/BS in a related field; Masters in Public Policy or related field preferred
  • At least 5 years of legislative, regulatory and political advocacy experience, preferably in in the midwest Illinois
  • Strong research and writing skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Experience with drafting policy documents, factsheets and State legislation
  • Ability to simultaneously track, manage and prioritize engagements in multiple states
  • Ability to manage many tasks and communicate effectively
  • A positive, team-oriented attitude and ability to work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Experience managing staff, interns, and/or contractors and leading advocacy team efforts
  • Fundamental understanding of Illinois state and local government structures and legislative processes
  • A self-starting, metrics-driven mentality with the ability to work autonomously, and track and report on all projects and tasks associated with this campaign

Our Benefits:

  • 100% paid employee monthly Medical, Dental and Vision premiums AND 80% paid dependent monthly premiums
    • HMO (California residents only) and PPO option offered through United Healthcare
  • Company-paid $50,000 in Basic Life/AD&D (Accidental Death and Dismemberment) coverage
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: 100% match on the first 1%. 50% match from 2-6% of employee contributions
  • 3 weeks PTO (accrued) and 5 sick days (immediate)
  • Supplemental, voluntary benefits
    • Kindbody (family planning/fertility) including up to $10,000 towards cash-pay services
    • Goodly (Student Loan Repayment/529 Education Savings) including a company contribution of up to $1,000/year
    • Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical, Dependent, Transit and Parking)
    • Voluntary Life Insurance
    • Critical Illness
    • Accident Insurance
    • Short- and long-term disability
    • Pet Insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • During current work-from-home:
    • Reimbursements for home office setup and monthly WiFi

Our Culture:

  • 11 company-paid holidays
  • Catered lunch and snacks provided when working in the office
    • Snack boxes sent straight to your door when you work-from-home
  • Casual work environment, read no fancy clothes required, but you are free to dress to the nines!
  • Monthly virtual happy hours
  • Quarterly all-hands meetings

Weedmaps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. We are looking for the smartest and most passionate people who want to join our team and develop the services, systems, and marketplaces that will serve the marijuana industry in the decades to come. Our company uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Applicants may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the terms of the ADA and state/local laws. Please inform us if you need assistance participating in the interview process.

About Weedmaps:

Founded in 2008, WM Technology is a leading technology and software infrastructure provider to the cannabis industry, comprising a B2C platform, Weedmaps, and B2B software, WM Business. The cloud-based SaaS solutions from WM Business provide an end-to-end operating system for cannabis retailers. WM Business’ tools support compliance with the complex, disparate, and constantly evolving regulations applicable to the cannabis industry. Through its website and mobile apps, WM Technology provides consumers with the latest information about cannabis retailers, brands, and products, facilitating product discovery and driving engagement with our retail and brand customers.

WM Technology holds a strong belief in the power of cannabis and the importance of enabling safe, legal access to consumers worldwide. Since inception, WM Technology has worked tirelessly, not only to become the most comprehensive platform for consumers, but to build the software solutions that power businesses compliantly in the space, to advocate for legalization, social equity, and licensing in many jurisdictions, and to facilitate further learning through partnering with subject matter experts on providing detailed, accurate information about the plant. Headquartered in Irvine, California, WM Technology supports remote work for all eligible employees. Visit us at


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