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Director, International Trade Policy

Director, International Trade Policy
Organization: The National Association of Manufacturers
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11/09/2023

Director, International Trade Policy

Division: External Affairs

Department: Policy

Reports To: Vice President, International Policy

Location: Headquarters DC

Position Overview:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is seeking a Director of International Trade Policy. The Director of International Trade Policy serves as a key advisor, issue expert, and lobbyist for the NAM and its members on a range of issues, including potentially the implementation and enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement; the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of other U.S. trade agreements and frameworks; U.S.-Europe trade matters; the World Trade Organization; and intellectual property issues.

This position is responsible for analyzing legislative, executive branch and international proposals and working with the VP of International Policy to develop and execute legislative, executive branch, foreign government and international organization engagement strategies on designated issues to advance manufacturers’ priorities. This person will also be responsible for working closely with key internal stakeholders, including membership (to identify issues and communicate updates on priority items), public affairs and marketing (to inform NAM advocacy campaigns, demonstrate value to our membership on assigned issues and identify opportunities to enhance NAM’s public-facing work), and legal (to analyze statutory and procedural impacts of legislative and regulatory proposals).

The successful candidate has a track record of working successfully with policymakers on the designated issues and is able to analyze and communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences. Experience with public speaking, including engagement with the media, is preferred.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working proactively and collaboratively with other policy experts and internal groups to develop and execute advocacy strategies.
  • Serving as a voice for manufacturers before relevant policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the Administration.
  • Working closely with key leaders at the NAM’s 14,000 member companies to identify policy priorities.
  • Communicating with internal and external stakeholders about the NAM’s policy work.
  • Ensuring that the NAM is responsive to the needs of manufacturers on the assigned policy issues.

At the discretion of NAM leadership, this position may be used for background press interviews.

Candidates should share the NAM’s core values and identify with the following attributes:

  • Mission Driven: Motivated by the greater purpose of serving our members and achieving the NAM’s objectives.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Believes that goals can be achieved and obstacles overcome through individual ownership of responsibilities in our portfolio.
  • Intellectually Curious: Seeks new experiences, searches for knowledge, and solicits candid feedback with an openness to learning and evolving.
  • Professionally Rigorous: Pursues opportunities that strengthen the current skill set and close skillset gaps that are necessary to advance the personal career path.
  • Willing Pioneer: Understands the vision of what we are trying to achieve and can bring clarity to ambiguity, solutions to challenges, and willing to iterate until best practices are adopted.

Join the NAM and Make an Impact in the Following Ways:

Policy and Advocacy: Engage and drive with member companies, elected officials, executive agencies, other associations, and coalitions policy positions, strategies, and tactics to achieve advocacy successes that encourage the growth of manufacturing in the United States. Serve as a lobbyist for specific policy areas. Develop compelling written work product that advances the association’s policy goals, including reports, letters to policymakers and congressional testimony.

Impactful Presence: Make strong contributions to the International Policy department’s activities. Maintain a learning culture that adapts to the changing political landscape and policy developments. Complete work with the highest ethical standards.

Interdepartmental Collaboration: Work collaboratively with the other departments within the NAM to ensure that policy development and advocacy work are aligned with overall organizational goals and objectives. Contribute to a spirit of teamwork and shared purpose among department members that allows for open communication, appreciation of diversity of viewpoints and perspectives, and cohesiveness.

The above list of responsibilities is representative of the position and not intended to limit or preclude other responsibilities and tasks that may be associated with or added to the position.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no direct reports.


  • A minimum of 8+ years of related Capitol Hill, Executive Branch and/or Association policy development experience.
  • Exceptional understanding of the various trade policy and related challenges facing manufacturers in the United States.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, quality and goal-driven environment.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The National Association of Manufacturers is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness here at the NAM. We provide equal opportunities to individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

We also consider qualified applicants with conviction histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. At the NAM, we believe in Second Chances! The NAM is committed to offering equal employment opportunities to ALL. We only require that you have the qualifications, talent, and passion to be successful in your role.

The NAM is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. By joining the NAM, you become part of a spirited and dynamic team that is driven to succeed. We recognize and reward our staff with competitive pay and annual performance-based bonus programs. We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, SmarTrip, and a 401(k) Salary Deferral plan with employer match and contributions, vacation and sick leave, complimentary on-site gym access and healthy snacks in the break room. Become part of a fast-paced team passionate about keeping the United States the world leader in manufacturing.

Get involved. Make an impact. Join the NAM team.

The NAM is an equal opportunity employer.

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