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BIAW is the voice of the housing industry and the state's largest trade association. We are dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of members and the housing needs of citizens.

We represent our home building members to promote pro-housing and pro-business interests and serve our members through government affairs, legal support, continuing education, codes and regulations, R.O.I.I.® Select (BIAW's retro workers' comp program), health insurance and more.

BIAW is an exciting and challenging place to work with opportunities for advancement and professional development. Check out our open positions below and apply today!

Communications Writer & Editor

The Building Industry Association of Washington is seeking a professional to create, edit and manage content for multiple platforms in support of the association’s mission and goals.

Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Writer/Editor is responsible for developing and managing content for the organization, including strategic messaging and content that engages and builds trust and credibility with a variety of audiences.

Duties:

  • Provide ongoing media management support including: pitching, responding/tracking inquiries, identifying relevant media outlets/contacts for relationship building
  • Content development for a variety of channels, including social media, speaker’s bureau, op-eds, marketing materials, publications, website, etc.
  • Create and edit documents, key messages/proof points, talking points, press releases, media fact sheets, issue papers, quotes, and more
  • Develop and maintain CRM lists, including internal audiences and media
  • Contribute to the development and execution of strategic communications plans
  • Coordinate with the association’s members and external audiences, including media, legislators, and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure BIAW’s branding is maintained consistently with one voice, meeting business, and legal standards
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred fields include: journalism, public relations, or political science
  • 3-5 years of public relations experience
  • Exceptional researcher, writer, editor, and communicator
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience writing for senior leadership and executives at high-profile organizations
  • Proficient at all aspects of Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with Constant Contact, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, andPhotoshop is a plus

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to:

Jennifer Spall, Communications and Public Relations Director
Building Industry Association of Washington
111 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501
jennifers@biaw.com

Government Affairs Manager

The Government Affairs Manager will develop policy, conduct research and provide assistance to further BIAW’s mission as part of the government affairs team. This includes representing BIAW with the State Legislature and multiple government agencies; supporting broader government affairs projects as directed/requested; and coordinating support for the government affairs programs at local homebuilder associations.

The GA Manager will act as BIAW lead on Washington’s residential construction and energy codes, including informing BIAW members on applicable residential codes changes and engagement at the State Building Code Council and processes of the code update cycle.

Duties:

This position shall provide general support to BIAW programs and staff, as well as research and development of special projects as assigned:

Governmental Affairs
  • Create a reference library and best practices guide on policies, issues, and topics that impact the industry to support local homebuilder association government affairs efforts.
  • Coordinate the gathering, cataloging, education, and distribution of information regarding residential construction.
  • Serve as a conduit and resource for local homebuilder associations government affairs programs.
  • Assist with grassroots efforts and coordinate with local homebuilder associations.
  • Develop, assist, and write legislative policy consistent with BIAW goals and priorities.
  • Plan, organize and conduct research, statistical analysis, and cost analyst on issues of interest to the association at the direction of the Government Affairs Director.
  • Keep apprised of legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Track, engage, testify, and submit comments on agency rulemaking affecting the homebuilding industry, as assigned.
  • Assist in the development of regulatory update guides and classes for BIAW members.
Building Codes
  • Gain familiarity with residential building codes and regularly attend State Building Code Council (SBCC), SBCC Committee and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.
  • Monitor, review, and participate in the code development process at the SBCC relative to residential construction.
  • Recruit and support BIAW members to serve on SBCC, SBCC Committees, and TAGs.
  • Assist in the development of classes to highlight changes and updates. Remain abreast of industry/code issues and trends.
  • Develop relationships and liaise with assigned and relevant outside organizations, state agencies, and local homebuilder associations.
  • Coordinate the gathering, cataloging, education and distribution of information regarding building codes to staff, committees, members and local associations.
Communications
  • Attend and or speak at local association meetings, other organizations and/or government agencies, as requested, on timely/topical issues of interest.
  • Generate information for newsletter, website and/or other member communications.
Skills/Abilities:
This position requires strong organizational skills, self-motivation, appropriate decision-making abilities and the use of good judgment to diffuse potential problems and/or solve problems as they occur. Capacity to work independently, as well as in a team environment.

Preferred candidates will have BA/BS or equivalent experience with 3-5 years of legislative, regulatory, policy, or local government work experience.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to:
Jan Himebaugh, Government Affairs Director
Building Industry Association of Washington
111 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501
janh@biaw.com

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