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Government Affairs Associate

Government Affairs Associate
Organization: American Waterways Operators
Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 04/19/2024

Position Summary

As a Government Affairs Associate, you will research and analyze regulatory and legislative impacts on national and regional maritime issues, propose strategic actions, and communicate issue status to AWO staff and members. You will also communicate AWO positions to external audiences.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Quickly and proactively become the issue expert on a portfolio of maritime policy issues.
  • Track, research, and analyze national and state legislative and regulatory activities.
  • Draft advocacy communications including testimony, regulatory comments, letters, and meeting materials.
  • Work with AWO members and manage member working groups to develop advocacy positions.
  • Engage with state and federal agency and legislative staff.
  • Draft AWO member communications including newsletter stories and issue updates.
  • Monitor, attend, and report on relevant developments from various sources.
  • Respond to AWO staff and member questions on statutory and regulatory requirements and developments.
  • Present pertinent information to AWO members at meetings and conferences.
  • Coordinate and communicate with other trade associations sharing AWO advocacy interests.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Superb communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to integrate and persuasively explain complex technical concepts.
  • Minimum 3 years of progressive writing, research, and analytic duties in a relevant work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree may be considered in lieu of work experience).
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Cooperative and productive in a distributed team environment.
  • D.C. based with flexible work from home opportunities; some travel required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in maritime policy.
  • Membership/trade association experience.
  • Knowledge of federal regulatory and legislative processes.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range: $60,000-$70,000 with competitive benefits.
  • Benefits include 200 hours paid time off, vested 401(k) with matching, medical/dental/vision, and 160 hours paid parental leave.

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]; reference “Government Affairs Associate” on the subject line of the email.

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