Manager, Legislative Affairs

AIA’s Legislative Affairs Division leads the Association’s legislative policy and advocacy for aerospace and defense industry priorities and interests to Congress and other government officials. The Manager, Legislative Affairs is primarily responsible for managing the logistics of the Division and supporting the development and advocacy on a broad range of aerospace and defense issues. 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:

  • Monitors Congressional activity on assigned issues, provides timely feedback to AIA members and leadership team; and recommends AIA positions and strategies for 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.
  • Coordinates meeting and organizational logistics of Legislative Affairs councils, committees and working groups established to address national security, civil aviation, international trade, workforce and civil space policies. This includes arranging and tracking regular council and committee meetings, planning AIA Hill events, and assisting with membership contact lists.
  • Coordinates and assists the work of aerospace and defense-related Congressional Caucuses to amplify aerospace and defense thought leadership on Capitol Hill.
  • Participates in seeking industry consensus; assists in the drafting and refining of AIA’s positions and making these viewpoints known to appropriate congressional contacts and other relevant organizations.
  • 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.
  • Develops knowledge base on various trends, issues, areas of concern and emerging patterns pertaining to A&D policy to provide insight into future developments and work to anticipate the need for association positions and actions.
  • Based on needs and interests and at the direction of VP for Legislative Affairs and in conjunction with the Policy Division leadership, research and develop background materials, policy positions, and white papers on specific A&D policy topics.
  • Support national security, civil aviation, international trade, and space policy internal and external events, including attending and following external policy events and reporting on developments.
  • Serve as a point of contact for coordinating activities across AIA on various matters as needed to support Division activities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience on Capitol Hill (international trade, space and/or defense experience preferred)
  • Self-starter with ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
  • Interest in aerospace and defense policy and desire to grow as an A&D advocate and policy professional
  • Experience in aerospace and defense-related government, association or corporate position
  • Experience with issues regarding the development and regulation of civil aviation, commercial space, international trade or national security policy
  • Experience working with or in US government agencies (NASA/DOD/FAA)
  • Strong communication skills and judgment to communicate and coordinate with member company representatives and government officials, including on sensitive policy topics
  • Ability to effectively communicate the vision, programs, and value of membership in AIA to maintain and assist in the identification of potential membership in new or untapped markets
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.

Education:

  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent work experience 

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.