Director, International Affairs

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Department: International Affairs & Policy Integration

Date: 1 December 2021

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 Position Summary:

AIA’s International Division at AIA is responsible for promoting domestic and international policies and practices that help American companies compete in the global marketplace and cooperate with our allies and foreign partners. With both defined and undefined barriers that can limit business growth, AIA’s International Council works to promote free and fair trade for U.S. aerospace and national security products as a means to enhance national and economic security. This helps maintain the vitality of the aerospace and national security industrial base and workforce.

This position is responsible for providing analysis, coordination and policy and communications recommendations on international affairs issues impacting the aerospace and defense industry. These topics include commercial aerospace trade, export controls, regional security issues, and relevant regulations/policies made by U.S. and foreign governments.

Activities may be related to any area of the International Division portfolio but are expected to focus primarily on U.S. and international regulatory policy. Likely issue areas include: export controls, sanctions, customs and import regulations, commercial trade, critical materials and minerals, the foreign regulatory environment, regulatory impact of bilateral and multilateral treaties and trade agreements, and development of trade compliance standards.

This position reports to the Assistant Vice President, International Affairs.


Core Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Serve as lead liaison between assigned AIA Committees and Working Groups and member company representatives
  • Assist AIA members in the management of committee projects and policy initiatives on a consensus basis
  • Support the preparation and conduct of Executive Committee and Board of Governors meetings
  • Coordinate Division projects and initiatives with AIA legislative, communications, membership, and other policy offices
  • Prepare briefings, position papers, and data packages, and conduct research in support of assigned portfolio
  • Develop and track program/policy schedules and performance metrics
  • Prepare op-eds, position papers, news articles/updates, social media posts and other products as assigned
  • Monitor government Federal Register Notices, Congressional hearings and proceedings, and press reports to identify emerging issues or trends related to international regulatory issues that could impact the aerospace/defense industry
  • Support logistics and policy activities both domestically and internationally related to international air and trade shows
  • Coordinate and participate in partner industry association efforts in matters related to international affairs and trade
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications and Experience: 

Experience Required

  • A minimum of 5-7 years work experience with a knowledge of international and trade regulatory and policy issues, preferably as they relate to the aerospace/defense industry and/or export controls
  • Experience in the aerospace industry and/or trade associations preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, and communications (verbal and written) skills
  • Ability to work within large groups with divergent views to build consensus and unity
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, work independently, and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to travel internationally on a semi-regular basis is required
  • Military service valued



  • College degree in political science, government affairs, international affairs, business, or related field required or comparable work experience

 To Apply, please send the following documents to

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) References [Name, Title, Contact information]

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