Federal Affairs Director

08 Sep, 2023


Federal Affairs Director

Southwest Airlines
Washington, DC


Governmental Affairs

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Job Description:

Job Summary:

  • Integral member of the Governmental Affairs (“GA”) Department and is located in Southwest’s Washington, DC office. The Advisor’s principle duties are to advocate Southwest’s interests before Congress and executive branch agencies of the federal government, as well as provide substantive and project-specific support to the GA Department and the Company as a whole. The Advisor is involved in strategy development and project execution specific to Federal agencies. This person leads strategy implementation and is the primary point of contact for political relationship management in their defined region.

Additional details:

  • This role is offered as a regional workplace position and Employees must work in the region they support. This could require working from a mix of on-site Company facilities and remote based offices to perform the job function in a regional location determined by business need. Each Department will provide Employees with guidance on when and where presence is required with as much notice as reasonably possible.
  • Please note, while this is a regional position, there is limited group of states or localities ineligible for Employees to regularly perform their work off-site. Those ineligible locations are: Alaska, Delaware, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S. required and no current or future work authorization sponsorship available.

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We continue to look for opportunities to reflect the communities we serve, and welcome applicants with diverse thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences.

  • Responsibilities
    • Represent the Company at meetings in Congress, with federal agencies and offices, and at political events
    • Proactively work to educate and inform internal SWA Customers of the lobbying issues being addressed by the Governmental Affairs (“GA”) Department, and works to better understand the policy and governing needs of internal SWA Customers
    • Monitor potential impact to the Southwest business model and route structure being considered by federal policymakers
    • Protect/advance the Company’s policies and positions on public affairs issues through direct advocacy (both verbally and in writing) of policymakers in Congress and various federal agencies and offices
    • Help to build/maintain a network of governmental, business, labor, and/or civic interests to support the Company’s GA priorities
    • Perform research, analysis, and writing assignments on political/governmental issues of importance to the Company
    • Assist with compliance reporting with respect to lobbyist, tax, or financial reports for political activities
    • Schedule GA-related meetings for Southwest Leaders who visit Washington, D.C.
    • Assist the General Counsel Department with legal and federal matters, as needed
    • Inform internal Southwest Customers about public policy issues being addressed by the department
    • Engage in research projects and draft memoranda, remarks, and letters related to GA issues
    • Work with Southwest’s internal departments on outreach activities with policymakers in Congress and various federal agencies and offices
    • Monitor and summarize legislation and industry news important to the GA Department
    • Attend and report on hearings, meetings, and strategy sessions of interest and relevance to the department
    • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Have a solid understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes of the federal government
    • Have a strong interest in the various federal legislative and regulatory issues facing the Company and airline industry
    • Have a thorough understanding of (or the capacity and interest to learn about) the Company’s commercial goals and strategies
    • Have a strong desire to help develop and implement government-related programs and tactics to effectuate those commercial goals and strategies
    • Be a self-starter, a multi-tasker, and problem-solver, who has superb interpersonal, verbal/written communications, and Internet research skills
    • Have the ability to work individually and participate with internal and external teams to enhance Southwest’s standing among governmental leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, and the communities served by Southwest. Must be willing to travel when required (e.g., to support the Company’s goals and strategies)
    • Possess strong PC skills with knowledge of word processing application
    • Ability to work well with others as part of a team
    • Proven ability to perform under pressure
    • Ability to handle and resolve issues related to sensitive and confidential matters
    • Strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Excellent organizational skills and be able to perform efficiently and effectively on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Education
    • Required: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience
    • Expert level experience, expansive and far reaching knowledge in:
      • Legislative or regulatory affairs, policymaking in Congress, government relations
  • Licensing/Certification
    • N/A
  • Physical Abilities
    • Ability to perform work duties from [limited space work station/desk/office area] for extended periods of time
    • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
    • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job
  • Other Qualifications
    • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines

Pay & Benefits:

  • Competitive market salary from $112,950 per year to $125,500 per year* depending on qualifications and experience. For eligible Leadership and individual contributor roles, additional bonus opportunities are available and awarded at the discretion of the company.

Benefits you’ll love:

  • Fly for free, as a privilege, on any open seat on all Southwest flights (your eligible dependents too)
  • Up to a 9.3% 401(k) Company match, dollar for dollar, of your eligible pay, per paycheck *
  • Potential for annual ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement – when Southwest profits, you profit**
  • Explore more Benefits you’ll love: https://careers.southwestair.com/benefits

*Pay amount does not guarantee employment for any particular period of time.

**401(k) match contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and applicable IRS limits

***ProfitSharing contributions are subject to plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company.


Job posted: 2023-09-08