Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Washington, DC

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), is seeking a Director, Public Affairs to be based in its Washington, D.C. office. The position will report to the Senior Vice President, Public and Government Affairs

 

Duties:

  • Develop public affairs issues management strategies, tactics, and lead day-to-day execution against agreed success metrics
  • Develop and execute industry issues media strategies, messages and positioning; write press releases and other communications materials for use with traditional and social media; handle media inquiries and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Create and manage long-term processes to anticipate and manage an array of current and emerging reputational issues such as environment and sustainability, safety and security, health, labor relations, and more.
  • Manage issues management process with the top priority to proactively get ahead of reputation issues before they gain broad visibility in the public domain or with policy makers.
  • Ensure the CLIA Public Affairs Committee is kept apprised of CLIA’s public affairs activities, issues positioning, and developments with media coverage on issues.
  • Assist the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with government relations activities in support of CLIA’s legislative advocacy priorities.
  • Serve as Public Affairs focal point for the Technical and Regulatory Affairs function, working with them on communications regarding T&R matters.
  • Establish outreach and engagement strategies for key constituencies including maritime organizations, adjacent industries / travel sectors, local communities and activist groups.
  • Work closely with and develop solid working relationships with association member public affairs and communications staff to share information, plan strategies, coordinate tactical execution, and provide Public Affairs communications material.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, political science, journalism or related degree. Advanced education prefers.
  • 10-15 years of strategic public affairs experience, journalism experience a plus.
  • Experience developing and/or running public affairs issues management programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • A proven ability to think and lead strategically, while operating at the intersection of strategy and tactics.
  • Proven success creating and leading multifaceted communications and issues management campaigns.
  • Experience in a customer-focused capacity; ability to navigate complex organizations and interests and achieve consensus.
  • Familiarity with best practices and processes regarding issues management, stakeholder engagement, thought leadership and association management.
  • Familiarity with the policymaking process at national and international levels; Capitol Hill experience a plus.
  • Media relations and on-the-record spokesperson experience; crisis communication experience.
  • Maritime, cruise industry or other industry trade association or public affairs agency experience a plus.
  • Some travel is required about 10%-15%.

 

Please submit a cover letter, salary history and résumé to employment@cruising.org with the subject line entitled “Public Affairs”.  Only finalists will be called. No agencies please.

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Job Posted: February 6, 2017
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