Federal Policy Associate

12 Sep, 2021


Federal Policy Associate

The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

This is a mid-level professional position on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Advocacy & Relationships team reporting to the Director, Federal Relations. The manager will assist with policy research and direct lobbying to support AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda. In this role, the manager will represent the AIA before Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations regarding federal issues impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.



Federal Lobbying and External Relationships

  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with Capitol Hill (to include members of Congress, congressional committees, caucuses, and staff) and the Executive Branch (to include appointed and career officials) to advance AIA’s federal advocacy agenda.
  • Represent AIA in coalitions relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Represent AIA at political events.

Research and Writing

  • Routinely track, research, and analyze federal legislation, regulations, and issues impacting architects, the profession, and the built environment based on various sources (print and electronic publications, and attendance at meetings, hearings, fundraisers, conferences, and other events).
  • Review daily the introduction of federal legislation, proposed rules and regulations, and other notices to determine the potential effects on architects, the profession, and the built environment.
  • Write action alert-type messages and other communication materials for distribution to AIA members.
  • Draft issue briefs, reports, position papers, talking points, and testimony relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Produce reports that detail voting records and political fundraising activity of members of Congress.
  •  As directed, prepare articles for AIA publications regarding federal issues impacting architects, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Assist the department in planning major events, including scheduling/ coordinating Congressional and Executive Branch meetings for annual fly-ins or attendance by an AIA member(s) for federal government affairs related meetings in Washington, DC.
  • Lead the logistical coordination between the federal team and component executives to implement in-district meetings to help advance AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Represent the department in meetings with other AIA departments to provide policy perspective, identify policy opportunities, and facilitate contacts for other departments with the federal government.
  • Assist with the annual development of AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agendas.
  • Respond to member requests and questions, including helping the department respond to the GovAffs email.
  • Manage recurring and/or new negotiation for memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) with federal agencies
  • Coordinate, plan, and attend senior leadership meetings with federal agency staff
  • Moderate meeting discussions with knowledge communities and other internal stakeholders.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Frequent contacts

  • Executive and Legislative branch staff
  • Other associations and coalition partners
  • AIA national volunteer leadership and staff
  • AIA state and local components
  • AIA Brand and Engagement team
  • AIA Members and Component Services Department
  • AIA Knowledge and Practice Department


Occasional Contacts

  • ArchiPAC Steering Committee
  • AIA Government Advocacy Committee
  • Executive and Legislative Branch officials


KSAs, Training and Experience

  • Federal registered lobbyist
  • Intermediate level knowledge of the federal government and its legislative and regulatory processes
  • Intermediate level understanding of how to successfully lobby Congress and the executive branch, including no less than 3-5 years experience in working to advance legislative and regulatory proposals
  • Established track record of helping to enact legislation at the federal or state level
  • Demonstrated ability to speak extemporaneously before groups to inform, persuade or influence
  • Exceptional skill in communicating complex ideas both in writing and orally, including analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations
  • Proven skills and track record in team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation, as well as active listening
  • Proven ability to work independently while successfully managing multiple priorities and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment through coordination and communication of delegated responsibilities; communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy; and resolving problems collaboratively among internal stakeholders (ex: association members), partner organizations/agencies, and internal organization staff
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Skilled in using internet browser/internet research-based methods


Bachelor’s degree in history, political science, or related field with 3-5 years of lobbying, general government affairs, or Hill experience is required; M.A., J.D., preferred, but not required.

How to Apply

Please apply via Work at AIA – AIA

Job posted: 2021-09-12