Director of Government Relations

18 Feb, 2021


Director of Government Relations

United States Parachute Association
Fredericksburg, VA

Full Job Description

Summary: The Government Relations Director is responsible for representing the interests of skydiving before local, state, and federal agencies, safeguarding skydiving’s right to access the national airspace system, including airports. The Director will also assist members and USPA-affiliated skydiving businesses with securing and retaining airport and airspace access on fair and reasonable terms. Such efforts will facilitate the safety and well-being of individual members, and the promotion and public acceptance of skydiving.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Advise the Executive Director on matters pertaining to government agencies involved in aviation, taxation, and security matters.
  • Promote and protect USPA interests at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Establish and build collaborative relationships with government and industry officials that advance USPA’s interests.
  • Assist members with establishing DZs on airports.
  • Assist Group Member DZs with airport access issues.
  • Manage the Airport Access Defense Fund.
  • Advise the Group Member Committee, as requested.
  • Act as staff resource for matters related to USPA’s member & demo 3rd party liability insurances.
  • Assist with member needs related to FAA aircraft modification approval processes.
  • Perform other tasks as directed by the Executive Director.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Excellent leadership skills, customer service skills, and project management skills.
  • Good decision-making abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with gravitas, executive presence, and an outgoing and engaging personality. Excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail, strong project management skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure, managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Creativity, tenacity, and resourcefulness
  • The ability to be energetic, flexible, responsive, proactive, and strategically oriented.


  • College and work-related experience preferred.
  • Have an FAA commercial pilot certificate.
  • Jump pilot experience is desired.
  • Skydiving experience is desired.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook. CRM software experience preferred, not required.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

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Job posted: 2021-02-18