SmithBucklin
Washington, DC

Position Overview:  The Regional Airline Association (RAA) seeks an experienced Director of Government Affairs in Washington, DC.  The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing RAA legislative strategy and will serve as the primary liaison between the RAA staff, Board of Directors, and Members of Congress. The Director will analyze the impact of proposed and potential legislation on the industry and share that information with the RAA Board and Congress. The position will be responsible for developing and articulating RAA’s advocacy messaging and helping to communicate that message through various channels. The Director will develop relationships with policymakers, elected officials, and counterparts from other aviation Associations and organizations. The Director will seek to understand lawmaker intent while educating policymakers about potential impacts on regional airlines, supporting the overall health of regional airlines. The Director will help support a healthy and collaborative relationship between regional airlines and elected officials. The position will coordinate with RAA safety, operations, security, environmental, regulatory affairs, events, and public relations professionals to ensure cohesive and complementary efforts across subjects.

 

Essential Functions of the Position Include, but Are Not Limited To:

  • Serving as the primary RAA legislative representative on Capitol Hill
  • Advising on and implementing RAA legislative strategy
  • Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on federal legislation, status, and other developments
  • Coordinating opportunities for RAA President, staff, or members to testify before Congress
  • Preparing testimony, position papers, talking points, and other written advocacy materials
  • Networking with professionals on Capitol Hill, non RAA airlines, and other aviation stakeholders
  • Attending meetings, fundraisers, and other events
  • Organizing legislative “fly-ins,” Hill visits, and in-district visits for RAA Board Members
  • Managing RAA Government Affairs Committee and various ad-hoc policy task forces
  • Developing grassroots support and building coalitions along aligned interests
  • Coordinating and streamlining external legislative supports
  • Coordinating with public relations on legislative and advocacy matters
  • Contributing to RAA’s magazine and e-news
  • Developing legislative content, topics, and speakers for the RAA annual convention
  • Coordinating and filing all lobbying and PAC (if established) forms

 Desired Qualifications for the Position Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Eight years or more in policy-related field
  • Five years or more prior Capitol Hill experience
  • Excellent communication skills, strong written and spoken communications and comfort with public speaking
  • Experience with Political Action Committees and Fundraising
  • Previous experience with airline or other aviation-oriented organization preferred
  • Previous association or not-for-profit experience preferred
  • Some travel required

 Critical Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Excellent listener
  • Excellent communicator – able to write and speak in a direct, concise, persuasive manner
  • Able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Works well under pressure, can build consensus out of disparate views
  • Ability to respectfully challenge established or entrenched ideas and promote industry positives
  • Professional, organized, responsive, enthusiastic
  • Agile; can make quick, well-reasoned recommendations, anticipating evolving needs
  • Strategic, tactical, self-motivated, outcome-oriented
  • Dedicated to service, the RAA team and our members.

 About RAA
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable, and robust regional airline industry. The RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines, industry business partners, and government regulators in bolstering the industry; as well as promoting regional airline interests in a changing business and policy environment.  With more than 10,600 regional airline flights every day, regional airlines operate 44 percent of the nation’s commercial schedule.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At RAA, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.

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Job Posted: March 28, 2017
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