Profession special-interest groups' official

Special-interest groups' officials represent and act on behalf of special-interest groups such as trade unions, employer organisations, trade and industry associations, sports associations and humanitarian organisations. They develop policies and ensure their implementation. Special-interest groups' officials speak for their members in negotiations about topics such as working conditions and safety.

Personality Type

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  • Campaigns officer
  • Employers' organisation official
  • Humanitarian organisation official
  • Political party official
  • Special-interest organisation senior official
  • Trade union senior official


  • Communication principles

    The set of commonly shared principles in regards with communication such as active listening, establish rapport, adjusting the register, and respecting the intervention of others.

  • Budgetary principles

    Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

  • Public relations

    The practice of managing all aspects of the image and perception of a company or individual among stakeholders and the society at large.


  • Show diplomacy

    Deal with people in a sensitive and tactful way.

  • Perform public relations

    Perform public relations (PR) by managing the spread of information between an individual or an organisation and the public.

  • Keep updated on the political landscape

    Read, search, and analyse the political situation of a region as a source of information applicable for different purposes such as information, decision-making, and management, and investments.

  • Identify policy breach

    Identify instances of non-compliance to set plans and policies in an organisation, and take the appropriate course of action by issuing penalties and outlining the changes which need to be made.

  • Recruit members

    Carry out assessment and recruitment of members.

  • Advise on legislative acts

    Advise officials in a legislature on the propositioning of new bills and the consideration of items of legislation.

  • Collaborate in the drafting of policies

    Provide specific knowledge and relevant considerations (e.g. financial, legal, strategic) on matters which should be considered when drafting policies.

  • Present arguments persuasively

    Present arguments during a negotiation or debate, or in written form, in a persuasive manner in order to obtain the most support for the case the speaker or writer represents.

  • Represent the organisation

    Act as representative of the institution, company or organisation to the outside world.

  • Manage government policy implementation

    Manage the operations of the implementation of new government policies or changes in existing policies on a national or regional level as well as the staff involved in the implementation procedure.

  • Maintain relationships with government agencies

    Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with peers in different governmental agencies.

  • Analyse issues

    Examine social, economic or political aspects in order to deliver a report or briefing.

  • Communicate with media

    Communicate professionally and present a positive image while exchanging with media or potential sponsors.

  • Use communication techniques

    Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.

  • Analyse problems for opportunities

    Identify and anticipate problems in order to choose a course of action, come up with appropriate solutions or even identify opportunities for further development.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Speak in public

    Address a group of listeners in a structured, deliberate manner to inform, influence or convince them.

  • Manage budgets

    Plan, monitor and report on the budget.

  • Negotiate health and safety issues with third parties

    Consult, negotiate and agree on potential risks, measures and safety procedures with third parties.

  • Ensure compliance with policies

    Ensure compliance with legislation and company procedures in respect of health and safety in the workplace and public areas. Ensure awareness and compliance with all company policies in relation to health and safety and equal opportunities in the workplace.

  • Interact with the board of directors

    Present the results of the company, answer questions in regards to the organisation, and receive guidelines on the future perspectives and plans for the company.

  • Represent special-interest groups' members

    Replace and speak for the members of special-interest groups in negotiations about policies, safety and working conditions.

  • Manage members

    Oversee that members pay their fees and that they get information about union or organisation activities.

  • Deal with pressure from unexpected circumstances

    Strive to achieve objectives despite the pressures arising from unexpected factors outside of your control.

Optional knowledge and skills

politics visit places of work liaise with local authorities promote free trade prepare speeches trading law develop manufacturing policies manage fundraising activities develop membership strategies handle complaints business law advise on consumer rights write leaflets promote equality in sport activities international human rights law develop employment policies evaluate humanitarian programme proposals election law government policy implementation write work-related reports use databases develop trade policies trade union regulations analyse membership sports ethics manage sport competition programmes manage sports events study topics influence legislators humanitarian aid actors statistics circulate information liaise with sports organisations advise legislators check payment identify research topics prepare presentation material employment law interview people build international relations apply diplomatic principles defend human rights graphic design develop economic policies identify hazards in the workplace protect employee rights labour law develop communication strategies

Source: Sisyphus ODB