Director, International Trade Policy

14 May, 2021


Director, International Trade Policy

National Association of Manufacturers
Washington, DC
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is seeking a Director of International Trade Policy. This position works with member companies to develop NAM positions on international trade policy issues (including but not limited to U.S. trade agreement negotiations and enforcement, Trade Promotion Authority, the World Trade Organization, Europe and sanctions) and advocates these positions with Members of Congress, congressional staff, U.S. executive branch officials, foreign government representatives and the press. The Director also performs other duties to advance the goals of the NAM International Economic Affairs department and the association, including related research, media and member outreach.


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

  • Work with NAM policy committees and their related task forces to formulate positions and construct advocacy campaigns on U.S. trade agreement negotiations and enforcement (including with respect to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), Trade Promotion Authority, the WTO, Europe, sanctions and related issues.
  • Monitor, track and analyze proposed executive orders, regulations, legislation and international agreements to determine their impact on NAM member companies and NAM policy objectives.
  • Prepare congressional testimony and NAM statements for the record on trade policy issues.
  • Respond to requests for comments from U.S. executive branch agencies, with a view to making government actions more compatible with NAM member company and NAM policy objectives.
  • Handle press inquiries and interviews covering all relevant policy areas.
  • Organize dialogues with U.S. executive branch officials, Members of Congress and congressional staff, foreign government representatives, association partners and NAM member companies on key issues, and prepare advocacy communications, such as fact sheets, talking points and analysis, to support NAM policy objectives.
  • Formulate and implement advocacy campaigns to obtain passage of specific legislation and international agreements and obtain U.S. executive branch action to implement related policies and measures in a manner benefiting manufacturers in the United States.
  • Build coalitions of other industry groups and companies as part of policy advocacy campaigns, managing and providing staff support for coalitions, as appropriate.
  • Respond to member company requests, questions and concerns, and assist with NAM member recruitment and retention.
  • Work across NAM divisions to promote key goals with members, communications and public affairs mobilization.




  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, with advanced degree preferred but not required.
  • Approximately three to five years of related association, corporate, U.S. executive branch and/or Capitol Hill experience.
  • In-depth understanding of the various trade policy and related challenges facing manufacturers in the United States.
  • Thorough knowledge of trade policy and public policy processes and current key contacts in the U.S. executive branch and on Capitol Hill.
  • Background in international trade policy.
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, strategic, goal- and deadline-driven work environment.
  • Excellent communications (both verbal and written) skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience handling media inquiries.


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.


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Job posted: 2021-05-14