Director, Federal Government Relations

28 Apr, 2022


Director, Federal Government Relations

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA
Washington, DC

SEMA is seeking an experienced government relations professional to join our team as a federal lobbyist.  The ideal candidate will have government and lobbying experience, significant relationships with staff and members on the Hill and relevant administrative agencies, and wants to be a fierce advocate for the interests of the specialty-aftermarket industry.  


  1. Develop SEMA’s position on federal legislative proposals and prepare correspondence, comments and testimony in coordination with Government Affairs staff, Chief Corporate Counsel and member companies. Contact legislative staff as necessary to perform these duties.  Participate in public hearings and meetings, and lobby as appropriate to communicate association’s position.
  2. Direct and facilitate Congressional and administrative relationship building opportunities. Attend PAC-related meetings (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, receptions).
  3. Assist the Director of PAC and Congressional Affairs in supporting the federal Caucus, Congressional District Site Visit Program, participation in SEMA Town Hall Meetings and other programs.
  4. Working with Washington staff and other SEMA departments, coordinate and help execute the SEMA Washington Rally. Duties include scheduling member meetings, confirming speakers, partnering with Congressional staff to reserve rooms and catering, and coordinating SEMA member company participation, if necessary.
  5. Coordinate Federal legislator participation at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Provide guidance and support for SEMA PAC activities during Show.
  6. Identify legislative proposals at the federal level using Lexis/Nexis database, the Internet, newspapers, periodicals, mailings, registers and individual contacts.
  7. Provide summaries and detailed analyses of federal legislative proposals that will potentially impact member companies.
  8. Prepare/disseminate information to member companies, auto enthusiasts and allied organizations to generate grassroots support regarding federal legislative proposals through legislative updates, action alerts, surveys and related materials.
  9. With Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, support the day-to-day activities of SEMA PAC Director.
  10. Assist in maintaining and regularly updating federal legislative materials posted on SEMA websites.
  11. Manage tracking-database on federal legislation.
  12. Assist in responding to federal regulatory issues.
  13. Participate in the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) and other business groups and coalitions (NFIB, NAM, etc.) to provide association’s position on issues and work toward common goals.  Assist in building relationships and alliances with other organizations (Auto Care, MEMA, Alliance, NADA/AIADA, ORBA, etc.).
  14. Respond to SEMA member companies, press and media with federal legislative questions.
  15. Provide assistance on projects assigned to and under the supervision of the Chief Corporate Counsel.
  16. When directed by management, perform other assignments and duties as required.



  1. Reports to VP, Government and Legal Affairs
  2. Works closely with Congressional staff and committee contacts to effectively deliver and promote SEMA legislative priority messages.
  3. Works with Washington, D.C. staff to make effective use of SEMA PAC, the SEMA Action Network and other related groups to generally disseminate information.
  4. Works with SEMA staff to solicit opinion from and disseminate information to the Councils and member companies.


  1. Superior written and oral communication skills.
  2. Research and analytical skills relevant to government affairs.
  3. Experience with the legislative and regulatory process.


We offer a full range of benefits for our employees and their eligible dependents including Health Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision), 401K, Vacation, Holidays, Sick time, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance and AD&D and Long-Term Disability to name a few.


A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.  SEMA members make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again.  The companies that founded SEMA – and the entire specialty parts and accessories industry, for that matter – were started by people who loved cars and trucks and turned their hobby into a career. Most people in the industry today still feel this way. That’s one of the things that makes SEMA and its members unique.

Today the organization performs many services for its members and for the hobby as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, SEMA works hard to protect consumers’ rights to drive accessorized, customized and vintage vehicles. SEMA keeps close tabs on legislators in Washington, D.C., and also in each state within the United States, so SEMA members and anyone who loves cars and trucks can protest pending legislation that might harm our hobby, as well as endorse legislation that’s good for car lovers. SEMA also has helped numerous consumers interact with car dealers, who sometimes try to get away with charging for repairs on a modified vehicle by claiming (wrongly) that specialty accessories have voided its warranty.  The variety is astonishing, from restyling accessories and automotive organizers to engine parts, restoration supplies, street-rod components and safety enhancements

Every year, SEMA also presents an enormous trade show in Las Vegas. This is where manufacturers unveil their latest offerings, while buyers, distributors and members of the press walk their feet off to see it all.

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Job posted: 2022-04-28