The American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC


Government Relations & Advocacy

Career Level



American Institute of Architects – Washington, DC 20006 US (Primary)



Bachelor’s Degree

Job Title

Manager, Federal Relations

Job Type

Exempt (Salaried)

Job Requirements

  • Familiarity and broad range of documented experience with the Federal Legislative and Regulatory processes.
  • Proven experience in promoting public policy interests, including using direct lobbying to advance agendas.
  • Knowledge of the Congressional and Federal agency structure in D.C. and a demonstrated ability to advocate on behalf of the profession.
  • Knowledge of policy issues that affect the architectural profession.Ability to creatively promote architecture-related interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide cogent and logical presentations both orally and in writing.
  • Experience speaking extemporaneously before groups to inform and persuade.
  • Must develop or possess ability to work with multiple constituencies, such as a national board and state and local chapters.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen to concerns, communicate diplomatically, and resolve problems collaboratively among members, collateral organizations/agencies and the AIA staff.
  • Ability to work independently, and to track multiple issues simultaneously.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field required, with a minimum of 3-5 years work experience of which 1-2 years of experience is working with the legislative or political process.Hill experience preferred.



Supervisory Requirements:



Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field required, with a minimum of 3 years work experience of which 1-2 years of experience is working with the legislative or political process.




Job Description

This is a professional position in the Government Relations & Advocacy department reporting to the Director, Federal Relations.  The Manager will assist the Director, Federal Relations in developing, planning, coordinating and implementing the AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda and programs and representing the AIA before members of Congress, Congressional staff, Executive Branch staff, officials and outside organizations.  The responsibilities of this position involve matters of significance to the business operations of AIA members and proper execution of the job duties will require exercising significant discretion and independent judgment regarding matters of legislation.
Job Duties:


  • Build and maintain relationships with Congressional Members, Congressional staff, and Executive Branch agency contacts.


  • Manage the development of and advocacy on AIA federal issues as assigned by the Director, Federal Relations.


  • Work interdepartmentally with AIA staff to develop policy agenda and identify emerging issues.


  • Participate in cross-team collaboration within the AIA to provide advocacy perspective, identify advocacy opportunities, and facilitate contacts with federal entities.


  • Manage AIA relationships with sponsoring organizations and outside lobbyists.


  • Assist the Director, Federal Relations, in lobbying and participating in political events.


  • Serve as a deputy lobbyist to the Director, Federal Relations.


  • Assist Director, Federal Relations, in coordinating with grassroots advocacy staff on member outreach.


  • Coordinate Capitol Hill meetings for AIA members during fly in meetings.


  • Prepare action alerts and other communications materials on federal issues for distribution to AIA members.
  • Responds to member requests and questions. Consult with AIA members to develop federal policy. Develop and implement strategy to adopt or reform federal laws/regulations.


  • Assists in briefing AIA members, AIA staff leadership, Executive Committee and Board members regarding federal advocacy agenda.


  • Tracks federal legislation and regulations derived from a variety of sources (print and electronic media, publications, telephone contact and attendance at meetings, hearings, fundraisers, conferences, and other events).


  • Analyze, research, and present pros/cons of impact of federal legislation and regulations on the architectural profession. Review daily introduction of legislation, proposed rules and regulations, and other notices to determine economic and other potential effects on AIA members, design firms, and the profession as a whole.


  • When appropriate, author and submit comments for the record on behalf of AIA in response to proposed rules and other regulatory actions. Coordinate with allied organizations and coalitions to craft unified message.


  • Analyze voting records and political activity of legislators. Use data and findings to help guide legislative strategy and Congressional outreach.


  • Write reports/documents on issues of importance to the AIA, including issue briefs, talking points, strategy memos, articles, blog posts, etc.


  • Represent the AIA in coalitions involving other professional associations and governmental organizations, as assigned by the Director, Federal Relations.


  • Work to develop new coalitions as needed to advance AIA advocacy goals.


  • Write congressional testimony to be submitted to the House or Senate Committees on current issues, coordinate with Congressional committee staff on hearing opportunities for AIA leaders and prepare AIA leaders to testify on AIA’s behalf. Identify other opportunities for AIA members to share technical expertise with congressional offices and committees, and help establish the AIA as a resource for lawmakers and policy officials.


  • Draft letters to Congressional offices and committees to advance AIA agenda, and evaluate coalition letters to Congress for alignment with AIA policy positions.


  • Assist with ArchiPAC fundraising activities. Identify disbursement targets that are consistent with the Federal Relations department’s legislative priorities and strategy.


Perform related duties as assigned.


Frequent contacts:

  • Members of Congress.
  • Congressional staff members.
  • Executive Branch officials and staff
  • Officers of research organizations and trade associations.
  • Other members of the Government Relations and Advocacy Team
  • ArchiPAC Steering Committee
  • Other AIA departments and leadership



Job Posted: April 4, 2017