Alaska Air Group
Washington, DC

Role Summary The Director, Government Affairs represents Alaska Air Group (AAG) on federal-level government affairs matters in Washington, D.C. and manages the company’s federal Political Action Committee. This role tracks federal policy issues of importance to AAG and advocates AAG positions on such issues to Congress and key Administration officials. The role requires strong Capitol Hill relationships and a background well-suited to relationship-building with Administration officials dealing in aviation issues.

Scope & Complexity

  • This position supports federal government affairs issues and activities for Alaska Air Group (AAG) and its subsidiaries.

Key Duties

  • Represents AAG on government affairs matters in Washington, D.C.
  • Develops the company’s federal legislative and regulatory objectives and the strategies to achieve them and takes the lead role in execution of them.
  • Tracks legislation and regulations that may have an impact on the company and reports regularly on such matters to the Managing Director, Government Affairs and other key company leaders.
  • Advocates company positions on legislative and regulatory matters to key officials and staff.
  • Develops and maintains strong professional relationships with the following:
  • Congressional offices, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and California,
  • Aviation committee staff in the House and Senate,
  • Key Administration officials.
  • Coordinates meetings in Washington, D.C. between company representatives and government leaders.
  • Provides oversight and direction for AAG’s government affairs contractors in Washington, D.C.
  • Represents AAG with industry trade groups.
  • Manages the AAG’s federal Political Action Committee, including attendance at political fundraisers in Washington, D.C.

Job-Specific Skills

  • Required
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience or 6 years of Capitol Hill experience.
  • Strong knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory processes.
  • A background well suited to relationship-building with key administration staff.
  • Strategic planning experience, with the ability to build and execute a plan to support AAG’s government affairs objectives.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work well independently.
  • Strong outside consultant management ability; highly professional and self-reliant.
  • Ability to build trust with internal customers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with aviation policy issues.
  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly scope situations, develop an accurate understanding of risks, and develop plans responsive to those risks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships with others in the organization and key external business partners.
  • Ability to engage with and establish credibility with business partners at the most senior/executive level.
  • Proven success in building a strong network, developing new relationships, and influencing decision makers.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree is required.
  • A Master’s degree or MBA is preferred.


Washington DC/Metro Area


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Each day, we are guided by our core values of Professionalism, Caring, Resourcefulness, Integrity and Alaska Spirit at work and in our communities. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. .


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Job Posted: February 20, 2017