American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) - Director of Government Relations (Washington, DC)
The Director of Government Relations will support the policy advocacy goals of the American Association of Port Authorities and have responsibility for the development, management, and execution of policy priorities in a mix of areas – depending on experience and skills - including, transportation, infrastructure, freight, security, safety, energy & environment, international trade, and others. The position will support policy advocacy on these issues and others by building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the Congress, within the Executive Branch, and will manage relationships with Member Port representatives, and other maritime and infrastructure related coalitions and associations. A successful candidate for this role must be willing to register as a federal lobbyist.
Direct Lobbying and Representation - Development of industry positions on key issues and leveraging Association and Member Port expertise to impact government legislation, policies, and regulation in assigned issue portfolio. Engage with Members of Congress, the Administration, and other associations and advocacy organizations to ensure awareness of key port and maritime issues.
Internal Government Relations Support and Communications – Support all Government Relations activities and work with the Head of Government Relations to develop and communicate strategic policy objectives on behalf of our nation’s seaports. Communicate with stakeholders, internal and external, regarding policy updates and Association priorities.
Technical Committee Management – Engage with AAPA membership as a staff liaison to a technical committee(s). These committees provide a venue for discussion and dissemination of key issues and best practices in which Member Ports and those in the maritime industry are engaged.
Additional responsibilities as assigned.
A successful candidate for this position will have a combination of skills including:
Education – Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Communications, Maritime Operations, Economics, Supply Chain, or related discipline or equivalent years of relevant work experience. A Master’s Degree and/or Juris Doctorate is preferred.
Experience – 3-6 years relevant professional experience with the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, or working in Federal Government Relations with a preference given for previous work in the transportation and maritime policy spaces.
Knowledge, Skills, and Capabilities:
- Ability to analyze complex legislative and regulatory issues and legislative proposals that impact our nation’s seaports. Use this information to recommend policy positions for the Association to support or oppose, as well as possible legislative alternatives.
- Ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and personalities, including government officials and port executives.
- In depth knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes.
- A successful track record working on behalf of policy makers or policy stakeholders.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ninety percent in-person in Washington, DC on or around Capitol Hill.
- Flexibility for virtual work a couple days per month.
- Five to fifteen days per year of various travel.
The American Association of Port Authorities is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more than a century, AAPA membership has empowered port authorities and their maritime industry partners to serve global customers and create economic and social value for their communities.
For its U.S. members, AAPA provides compelling advocacy and effective public outreach to influence seaports’ most urgent public policy issues. AAPA strives to promote the common interests of the port community, and provides critical industry leadership on security, trade, transportation, infrastructure, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations.
Founded in 1912, AAPA is the unified and collective voice of the seaport industry in the Americas. AAPA empowers port authorities, maritime industry partners and service providers to serve their global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. Our activities, resources and partnerships connect, inform and unify seaport leaders and maritime professionals in all segments of the industry who deliver prosperity around the Western Hemisphere. For its U.S. members, AAPA provides compelling advocacy and effective public outreach to influence seaports' most urgent public policy issues.
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