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Director, Federal Affairs
The position is responsible for lobbying and advocacy on the American Chemistry Council (ACC)’s Federal Affairs team, with a particular focus on chemicals management, fluorochemistry, site security, safety, and workforce development portfolios. The position also shares responsibility for supporting ACC’s product panel groups and understanding their interests in active and proposed legislation. As a member of the association’s Federal lobbying team, the position represents the ACC and its members on Capitol Hill and, as appropriate, the Executive Branch; develops lobbying and related advocacy strategy on assigned issues; schedules and facilitates meetings with lawmakers and staff on behalf of assigned product panel groups; and responds to regulatory inquiries and requests to testify at public hearings. The position collaborates with appropriate in-house ACC colleagues and reports directly to the Vice President, Federal Affairs.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
■ Leads Federal Affairs engagement on congressional and agency actions around fluorochemistry. Serves as primary liaison with congressional committees of jurisdiction. Coordinates with appropriate product panels and member companies, lobbies policymakers, manages outside lobbyists and consultants and designs and implements congressional strategy.
■ Prepares and implements advocacy strategies for ACC security portfolio, with significant focus on CFATS, cyber security, drone issues, maritime security and TWIC issues.
■ Advocates for workforce development policies to address needs of a rapidly growing industry.
■ Assists in preparation and implementation of advocacy strategies for product panel group policies and positions, with a particular focus on EPA’s Risk Management Plan, CFATS reauthorization, OSHA’s PSM program, the biocides panel, and other plant and worker safety issues.
■ Responds to ACC member and public inquiries, including providing substantive answers and materials, as needed.
■ Lobbies members of Congress and their staff, as well as EPA, the Department of Homeland Security, OSHA and the Department of Labor.
■ Advocates policies favorable to assigned product panel groups and ACC, generally to members of legislature and other holders of public office, for purposes of persuading them to support or oppose legislation, as appropriate.
■ Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on chemical industry interests in issue areas.
■ Attends and represents ACC at state and national meetings, hearings, and conferences.
■ Plans and coordinates meetings between ACC members and elected officials to discuss legislative issues and proposals and to allow officials to respond to membership concerns.
■ Prepares issue summaries for internal and external clients, as needed.
■ Performs other duties as assigned.
■ Bachelor’s Degree in political science, communications, or related field.
■ Minimum of 7 years’ advocacy or relevant experience.
■ Strong written and oral communication skills.
■ Ability to aggressively build and maintain strong relationships and advocate on behalf of applicable customer.
■ Ability to provide strategic counseling, develop plans, and execute supporting tactics.
■ Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with competing priorities and exercise sound judgment in evaluating such situations and issues.
■ Ability to demonstrate creativity and take initiative.
■ Proven ability to work in a team environment.
■ Congressional staff experience.
■ Law degree or graduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience.
■ Environmental/sustainability regulatory or legislative experience.
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Job posted: 2022-09-06