American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Washington, DC

ASME (American Society for Mechanical Engineers) is a world-renowned, member-based professional organization focused on serving the technical, educational and other programmatic needs of the engineering and technology communities on a worldwide basis. ASME generates approximately $115 million annually from the sale of products and services and provides a wide range of mission focused programs and activities. We currently are seeking a Managing Director, Government Relations and Engineering Education in our Washington, D.C. office.

The Managing Director, Government Relations and Engineering Education is responsible for providing effective leadership and management of the ASME Washington DC Office. In this role the Managing Director is responsible for activities and operations related to Government Relations, Engineering Education, the ASME Industry Advisory Board, and support of the ASME Public Affairs and Outreach (PAO) sector.

The Managing Director will oversee the Government Relations and Engineering Education departments. He/she is accountable for planning, developing and executing all ASME Government Relations activities, the Engineering Education programs and demonstrates the impact in improving the quality of the engineer and the engineering profession. These activities provide Federal governments with advice on engineering, science and technology policy-related matters and issues affecting the mechanical engineering profession.

The Managing Director directs all activities associated with articulation, development and dissemination of ASME position statements on a wide scope of public policy issues, including codes and standards, energy, environment, education, federally-funded research and technology-based economic development.

The Managing Director initiates actions, provides direction and counsel to ASME members and staff on effective ways of contributing ASME input to public policy debates; and arranges for communication of ASME views to public policy makers through testimony, position statements, letters, alerts, meetings, the Federal Fellows program, and other means. To carry out these responsibilities, the Government Relations team must have extensive interactions with senior volunteers and staff of the Society and effectively develop and maintain a strong and positive working relationship with Members of Congress, and senior staff at the White House, and federal agencies.

The Managing Director is the primary conduit to building strategic relationships with the ASME Industry Advisory Board (IAB), a group of executives at or near the CEO level from a wide spectrum of companies. The IAB is charged with advising ASME on areas of concern to industry. The Managing Director initiates, plans, and manages the IAB biannual meetings, including procurement of senior level speakers from government, industry and academia and leverages the data and information to support the development of new products that align with ASME’s vision. The Managing Director carries out continuous recruitment of senior corporate executives for membership on the IAB and supports the IAB Executive, Program, and Nominating Committees.

Ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in public administration, political science, communications, technical or similar field plus at a minimum 10 years’ experience in public administration/affairs, including 8 years in a management position. Graduate degree preferred. In addition, candidate must possess:

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively representing an organization with senior government and corporate officials.
  • Experience in the development and communication of positions on public policy issues.
  • Experience in government contracting and budgeting, proposal writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of government processes and legislative procedures.
  • Experience in managing public policy issues.
  • Experience in supporting association volunteer Committees/Boards.
  • Capitol Hill work experience strongly preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ASME takes affirmative action in support of its policy to and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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Job Posted: February 13, 2017