Director, Federal Affairs

13 Sep, 2021


Director, Federal Affairs

Beer Institute
Washington, DC

The Beer Institute (BI) is a national trade association representing the American brewing industry. The organization traces its roots back to the early 1860s and is one of the oldest trade associations in Washington, DC, representing the industry and its issues before Congress and in other public forums across the country. The Beer Institute includes both large and small brewers as well as importers and industry suppliers. Beer in America is a more than $331 billion industry that includes more than 6,400 breweries and supports two million American jobs.

Position: Director, Federal Affairs

The Director, Federal Affairs, acts as an advocate and thought leader who provides strategic and tactical support for the Beer Institute’s legislative and some regulatory priorities. The position is directly responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with members of Congress and staff and the management of the organization’s legislative priorities. This position works closely with representatives of member companies, Beer Institute staff, industry suppliers, distributors, and other allied trade associations.

Responsibilities include:

▪ Lead the development of key legislative initiatives for the Beer Institute, working through collaborative frameworks of external and internal stakeholders.

▪ Develop and maintain working relationships with senior officials in Congress, federal agencies and the executive branch, and industry trade associations, member lobbying firms, and public policy groups.

▪ Proactively build and enhance key government affairs program initiatives; advance legislative and regulatory opportunities while protecting against legislative and regulatory threats.

▪ Develop key bi-partisan relationships and identify and leverage collaborative opportunities with a range of stakeholders, including brewers and importers, industry suppliers, and distributors.

▪ Represent the Beer Institute and convey industry messages to lawmakers, legislative committees, and staff.

▪ Monitor, review and analyze Capitol Hill activity, including identifying emerging industry issues, to determine potential impacts on the industry. Ensure effective communication with BI members and association staff on the status of relevant legislation and any initiatives.

▪ Liaison with House and Senate Ethics Committees to ensure compliance with Congressional Ethics rules.

▪ Manage a team of outside consultants.


▪ Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Political Science or business-related field.

▪ Minimum 5-7 years of experience in government affairs or public policy. This should include experience working on Capitol Hill.

▪ Excellent analytical, interpretive, evaluative, and constructive thinking skills to solve problems, and learn to utilize issue management tools and processes adopted by BI.

▪ Strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to develop public policy and advocacy materials and public speaking experience, handling critical audiences with skill and diplomacy, and negotiating skills.

▪ Proven skill and experience with advocating legislative positions.

▪ Excellent knowledge of legislative process and procedure as well as the inner workings of federal government departments and agencies.

This is full-time position with total compensation between $115,000 – $145,000 DOE and outstanding benefits. The organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Beer Institute at with ‘Director, Federal Affairs’ in the subject line. No phone calls, no resume drop-offs and no recruiters.

Job posted: 2021-09-13