Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Washington, DC

The Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) has an opening for an Assistant Vice President (“AVP”) – Government Affairs.  The AVP – Government Affairs’ primary responsibility is to develop consensus and formulate AAR policy positions on key legislative issues; influence congressional consideration of legislation consistent with the objectives of the AAR; and communicate legislative developments to AAR’s senior team, the Washington representatives of member railroads, and to other senior railroad officials.  In addition, the AVP – Government Affairs is responsible for managing AAR’s participation in various coalitions with the aim of heading off harmful initiatives and working closely with railway labor on issues of common concern.

The AVP – Government Affairs must have a demonstrated ability to foster the development of consensus positions in the face of sometimes conflicting policy views.  A thorough knowledge of congressional organization and procedures, executive branch and agency initiatives is required.  A working knowledge of important technical railroad issues, such as those addressed in positive train control, balanced regulation, truck size and weight, railroad safety, locomotive emissions, hazardous materials, climate change, and railroad retirement legislation is required.  A successful candidate must have at least 10 years of congressional and/or administration experience in an area of importance to the railroad industry.

Excellent speaking, writing and computer literacy skills are required.  Other required attributes include initiative, planning, problem solving, decision making and organizational skills.

Founded in 1934, the AAR is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, standard setting and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAR is a 501(c)(6) trade association.  It’s members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.  AAR owns two for-profit subsidiaries, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, which focuses on research and test activities, and Railinc Corp. in Cary, North Carolina, which provides information technology products and services.

The AAR offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, retirement savings plans, flexible spending plans, voluntary life and long term care insurance plans, in addition to vacation, personal and sick leave.

Applications should email their resume and salary requirements to the AAR Human Resources Department at  Please note in the subject line “AVP – Government Affairs.”


Job Posted: March 14, 2017