Federal Affairs: Director
The position is responsible for leading Federal Affairs’ engagement with product panel groups as well as understanding their interests in active and proposed legislation. The position is also responsible for policy strategy, focusing on chemical science issues, scheduling and facilitating meetings with legislators on behalf of the product panel groups, responding to regulatory inquiries and testifying at public hearings. The position is further responsible for leading the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) chemical management reform issues with chemical value chain members, through management of the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI), as well as other appropriate avenues. The position collaborates with appropriate in-house ACC colleagues and reports directly to the Vice President, Federal Affairs.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Acquires and maintains a strong working knowledge of ACC and the Federal Affairs department’s issues and activities.
- Lobbies members of Congress and staff, including building strategic and long-term relationships.
- Oversees Federal Affairs’ engagement with all product panel groups as well as the Plastics and Chlorine Chemistry divisions, including maintaining responsibility for appropriate Federal Affairs’ service level among all groups and divisions.
- Develops and prepares strategies to implement product panel group policies, as well as focuses and leads ACC appropriations requests for the both the House and Senate.
- Responds to member and public inquiries and provides substantive answers and materials, as needed.
- Leads ACC chemical value chain advocacy coordination efforts through the AAI, including serving as Chair of the AAI Steering Committee.
- Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on interest of product panel groups.
- Attends and represents ACC at state and national meetings and conferences as needed.
- Plans and coordinates meetings between members and elected officials to discuss legislative issues and proposals and to allow officials to respond to membership concerns.
- Engages the Administration and federal agencies, as needed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications or related field.
- 6 years’ advocacy or relevant experience.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
- Ability to advocate on behalf of applicable customer, be persuasive and at times aggressive to build and maintain strong relationships.
- Ability to provide strategic counseling, develop plans and execute supporting tactics.
- Ability to manage a large coalition of diverse stakeholders and engage them as needed for advocacy.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with competing priorities and exercise sound judgment in evaluating such situations and issues.
- Ability to demonstrate creativity and take initiative.
- Proven ability to work in a team environment.
- J.D. or graduate degree.
- Regulatory, environmental, science or similar experience on Capitol Hill or at a Federal Agency.
- Working knowledge of Capitol Hill protocols and processes.
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Job posted: 2019-02-15