Director – Federal Relations

16 Oct, 2020


Director – Federal Relations

American Petroleum Institute
Washington, DC

This position is responsible for direct federal lobbying activities in support of API advocacy objectives.  Duties associated with these responsibilities include:  direct lobbying of Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal agencies; development of lobbying strategy and tactics in conjunction with API federal relations, state relations, mobilization, and the Committee on Federal Relations; and, coalition building and management.


•    Acquires a working knowledge of API issues and activities.  Responds to member and public inquires; provides substantive answers and materials as needed or makes referrals to the appropriate Council resource.

•    Advocates API’s interests through direct lobbying of Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and federal agencies.

•    Seeks opportunities to convey API messages to, and cultivate relationships with, elected officials, their staff and allied organizations important in support of API’s advocacy priorities.

•    Represents API at various functions, and when required, makes speeches and presentations.

•    Coordinates and manages teams of member company Washington Representatives.

•    Develops and maintains effective working relationships with appropriate internal staff resources and external contacts including, but not limited to member company representatives, consultants, vendors, coalition/trade association partners and government agencies.

•    Occasional domestic travel may be required.

•    Works on special projects and other duties as assigned.


•    Bachelor’s degree in political science or relevant discipline required or equivalent experience.

•    Minimum of ten (10) year’s advocacy experience with proven track record of success in congressional, executive branch, trade association government relations, or related experience.

•    Working knowledge of congressional protocols and processes.

•    Working knowledge of executive branch protocols and processes.

•    Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills.

•    Ability to prioritize and manage multiple issues, projects, tasks, and information/requests.

•    Ability to use independent judgment in evaluating situations/issues.

•    Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as experience working with Internet applications.

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Job posted: 2020-10-16