Director, Advocacy

18 Mar, 2021


Director, Advocacy

Orlando, FL

Overall Responsibilities:

The Director, Advocacy for IAAPA North America is responsible for all aspects of IAAPA North America’s government relations program which supports the needs and interests of IAAPA member companies in the United States and Canada.

The director monitors legislative and regulatory activity that may impact IAAPA members, informs members about those initiatives, develops strategies to address them (with input from members), gathers information, develops position documents/messaging, educates government officials, and advocates for outcomes that support the growth and development of the industry.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director, Advocacy for IAAPA North America manages and supports the association’s government relations activities with federal, state/province and local entities within the United States and Canada. The director’s key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory activity that may impact the attractions industry and informing/updating IAAPA members about those activities. Using legislative tracking/monitoring systems as needed and be expert-level member resource on these activities.
  • Identifying legislative and regulatory priorities based on the impacts those initiatives may have on IAAPA members.
  • Developing government relations strategies to effectively represent IAAPA member interests to government officials. These strategies may include some or all the following:
    1. Gathering research, information, and member input on the issues or topics
    2. Identifying, engaging, and managing lobbyists to help address key issues
    3. Developing and distributing messaging through a variety of means and channels including position papers, testimony, key vote letters, action alerts, grassroots campaigns, in-person visits, calls, emails, etc.
    4. Working closely with the IAAPA marketing and communications team to share legislative and regulatory updates and policy positions with members, key stakeholders, and the press
  • Setting up and managing IAAPA member and team meetings with key policymakers.
  • Overseeing the annual U.S. Advocacy Days event when IAAPA members visit congressional leaders and their staff on Capitol Hill to share their perspectives on key legislative matters.
  • Supporting and assisting IAAPA members as they directly engage with government officials at all levels.
  • Facilitating the development and execution of member education programs that support key advocacy activities.
  • Partnering with other industry associations, coalitions, and community groups on key legislative and regulatory priorities.
  • Developing and updating federal and state/province government relations information for IAAPA members within the IAAPA North America section of the IAAPA website, through email notifications, on IAAPA News Flash, and in Funworld magazine.
  • Initiating and/or strengthening working relationships with elected officials on behalf of the attractions industry.
  • Maintaining the proper profile to be the go-to resource for attractions industry information for elected officials.
  • Managing the IAAPA Political Action Committee (PAC) program in the U.S. to strengthen relationships with elected officials.
  • Attending regional industry association events to strengthen relationships with those associations, IAAPA members, and other industry professionals.
  • Serving as the IAAPA team liaison to the IAAPA North America Government Relations Subcommittee.
  • Participating in and supporting other IAAPA events and activities as needed.
  • Supporting the association’s Core Values in all activities: Respect, Transparency, Courage, Inclusiveness, and Passion.


  • Four-year college degree or comparable experience required
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience required
  • Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes in the U.S. required
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills required
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro-business values preferred
  • Experience or understanding of working in a trade association or other member-based organization preferred
  • Attractions industry experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success as a member of a collaborative work team preferred
  • Preferred home location for this position is Orlando. However, applicants from outside of Orlando will also be considered.

ADA Specifications:

  • This position is primarily sedentary with the potential of 10% travel to events and activities around the United States including travel to Washington DC as required. Some limited international travel may also be required. May require some bending and lifting. 

Job posted: 2021-03-18