Manager, Congressional Affairs, Washington

13 Nov, 2020


Manager, Congressional Affairs, Washington

Association of American Railroads
Washington, DC
  • Contact Information
    • Name:
    • Carla Garcia
    • Email:
  • Description
  • The Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) is seeking a Manager, Congressional Affairs to handle important policy related projects of interest to AAR and its members.  The position reports to the SVP, Government Affairs and works closely with the entire Government Affairs team, as well as with the Washington representatives of member companies, to influence congressional consideration of legislation, consistent with the objectives of the Association.  Incumbent maintains daily liaison with the legislative and executive branches of the government and appropriate federal agencies; is responsible for monitoring and tracking legislative developments of importance to the industry and member companies; and attends industry fundraisers and represents the industry before various organizations.  Incumbent is required to frequently meet with congressional staff and attend congressional hearings ensuring proper representation at work sessions and public hearings on legislation affecting the industry.  Additionally, the position is responsible for preparing materials for weekly meetings of the Washington Representatives.  The incumbent coordinates and oversees various AAR sponsored events, including Railroad Day on the Hill.  The incumbent will be a registered lobbyist.
  • The above description of responsibilities is representative of the position and the knowledge and experience a successful candidate is expected to have when hired, but is not intended to limit or preclude other responsibilities and tasks that may be associated with or added to the position, based on the needs and strategic direction of the organization.
  • Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related discipline with three years of legislative Hill experience or specialized experience managing and/or lobbying on issues at the highest level of the government or the equivalent combination of formal education, training and experience is required;
    • Incumbent must possess an understanding of the inner workings of Congress and relevant federal agencies;
    • The ability to develop and maintain close working relationships with congressional staff is necessary to the position;
    • Experience working with national constituency Congressional Member Organizations that are responsible for advocating the interests of women, minorities and veterans through the facilitation of policy development in Congress for such organizations;
    • Excellent writing/communications skills are necessary;
    • Demonstrable computer skills with experience using Microsoft® Office products;
    • Ability to work independently and within a team.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Summary
  • Founded in 1934 and located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall, The Association of American Railroads is a top-tier trade association representing major freight and passenger railroads operating in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  In addition to representing its members on legislative and regulatory policy matters, AAR sets standards for rail cars and rail car components, certifies manufacturing and repair facilities, and audits facilities for compliance.  Its research subsidiary, the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, is the world’s leading railroad research facility, undertaking cutting-edge research for railroads and their suppliers from around the world, as well as the Federal Railroad Administration.  AAR’s information technology subsidiary, Railinc, located in Cary, North Carolina, provides IT services to the railroad industry.  For more information on AAR and its subsidiaries, see
  • AAR is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job posted: 2020-11-13