Federal Affairs: Vice President

18 Nov, 2019


Federal Affairs: Vice President

American Chemistry Council (ACC)
Washington, DC

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents a diverse set of companies engaged in the business of chemistry. An innovative, $553 billion enterprise, we work to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our nation and our world. Our mission is to deliver value to our members through advocacy, using best-in-class member engagement, political advocacy, communications and scientific research. We are committed to fostering progress in our economy, environment and society.

The business of chemistry:

  • Drives innovations that enable a more sustainable future.
  • Provides 542,000 skilled good paying jobs that support families and communities—for every job created by the business of chemistry, 7.2 are generated elsewhere in the economy, totaling over 4.4 million jobs.
  • Enhances safety through our diverse set of products and investments in R&D.

Every year, the chemistry industry invests tens of millions of dollars to ensure that the products making modern living possible are safe for you, our communities and the environment. In addition to research initiatives, ACC programs focus on anticipating and preventing accidents, as well as educating the public about how to use our products safely.

Chemistry makes it possible to satisfy a growing world population. Our products protect our food supply, air and water, ensure safe living conditions and provide access to efficient and affordable energy sources and lifesaving medical treatments in communities around the globe.

To enable these ongoing innovations, we advocate for public policies that support the creation of groundbreaking products to improve lives, protect our environment and enhance the economic vitality of communities.

With an annual budget of over $115 million and approximately 250 employees, the Council is one of the largest and most influential associations in the country. Delivering business value thorough exceptional advocacy, the Council also provides a wide range of programs and services, including sponsoring extensive research and testing, to complement our advocacy.

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for formulating and implementing a successful federal affairs program which achieves specific legislative results that are favorable to the interests of ACC and its member companies. The position is also responsible for effectively representing the substantive policy issues associated with ACC’s advocacy efforts before the Congress and the Administration. The position interacts frequently with ACC member company representatives as well as senior business and government officials.  The position reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains appropriate contact with members of Congress, staff, administration officials, and other appropriate organizations to achieve policy objectives.
  • Manages ACC’s political action committee (PAC).
  • Analyzes and evaluates proposed and pending federal legislative trends that may potentially impact ACC and coordinates development of overall Congressional strategies.
  • Manages outside consultants to assist in meeting ACC objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains a sophisticated “insider” political network within the Administration, Capitol Hill, and with other related organizations.
  • Provides updates to the ACC Board of Directors and senior staff on key issues and programs and initiates necessary follow-up on appropriate items.
  • Serves as a member of the ACC senior management team and maintains responsibility for ensuring the coordination and alignment of Federal Affairs with other ACC departments/divisions.
  • Oversees the overall work activities of employees within the Federal Affairs department, including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, and facilitating employee development for direct reports.
  • Oversees development of the department’s annual operational budget.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 15 years’ progressively responsible professional level experience in federal government relations.
  • 10 years advocacy or related experience.
  • Demonstrated success involving high-level policy initiatives with Congress and the Administration.
  • Proven ability to work well with both Republicans and Democrats.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to give internal and public presentations.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to build consensus, work in a team environment, and coordinate across multiple groups within a large organization.
  • Ability to process complex, technical, abstract verbal and written information for purposes of establishing strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Expertise as a senior-level leader with demonstrated skills in leading, coaching and mentoring staff.


  • Juris Doctorate or Master’s degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the chemical or related industry.

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Job posted: 2019-11-18