Director, Legislative Affairs

Position Summary:

The Director of Legislative Affairs supports development of the Association’s legislative program, communication of the aerospace and defense industry’s concerns and priorities to Congress, support for AIA events and informational sessions on Capitol Hill, and apprising AIA members of Congressional actions and their impacts.   The position is responsible for a portfolio covering workforce/STEM, spectrum radiofrequency, and civil, commercial and national security space issues. Work includes monitoring and reporting on pending legislation affecting the industry, recommending and implementing AIA positions and strategies in their regard, and advocating those positions before Congress.  It is expected that this position will involve federal registration as a lobbyist.

AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status. Consistent with our AIA’s commitment to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly believe that diversity contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better organization and better results. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

This position reports directly to the Vice President, Legislative Affairs, and provides legislative support to more than one AIA policy division.  Core duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Monitors Congressional activity on assigned issues, provides timely feedback to AIA members; and recommends AIA positions and strategies for AIA’s legislative advocacy.
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with Congressional staff and Members of Congress; meets regularly with Congressional Members and staff, both independently and with others.
  • Works closely with AIA member company representatives, industry coalitions, and other associations to develop, promulgate and advance industry positions.
  • Coordinates and assists the work of Congressional Caucuses to amplify aerospace and defense thought leadership on Capitol Hill.
  • Coordinates with other staff and assists in preparation of AIA activities at internal and external strategic calendar events.  May include international air shows, AIA Board of Governors meetings, Congressional briefings or receptions, and other events as needed.
  • Reviews and contributes to articles, blogs, reports, electronic communications, and other written materials reporting on legislation and advancing industry positions.
  • Drafts Congressional testimony and statements/letters for the record to be presented by AIA executives, and coordinates AIA’s Congressional hearing activities to ensure successful and responsive presentations.
  • Serves as the Association’s central legislative lead on civil. Commercial and national security space legislative activities. As such, responds to inquiries from Congressional members and staff, member companies, and the public. Serves as staff liaison to AIA councils, committees and working groups with jurisdiction over this subject matter.
  • Serves as the Association’s legislative lead on spectrum radiofrequency as it concerns aviation, space and defense legislative needs and concerns. As such, responds to inquiries from Congressional members and staff, member companies, and the public. Serves as staff liaison to AIA councils, committees and working groups with jurisdiction over this subject matter.
  • Serves as the Association’s legislative lead on aerospace and defense workforce and STEM legislative activities. As such, responds to inquires from Congressional members and staff, member companies, and the public. Serves as the staff liaison to AIA councils, committees and working groups with jurisdiction over this subject matter.

Qualifications and Experience:

Experience Required

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience on Capitol Hill (international trade, space and/or defense experience preferred) and Associations.
  • In-depth and demonstrated knowledge of the federal legislative process;
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, and communications skills (verbal and written); and
  • Proven skills in making presentations before small and large groups.
  • Ability to execute work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to consistently make sound judgments.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient in applicable technology programs and applications.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly collaborative environment while developing and maintaining positive work relationships.

                        

Education

  • Four-year college degree required; degree in political science, international affairs or related concentration preferred.

To Apply, please send the following documents to jobs@aia-aerospace.org:

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

AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status.