Program Specialist for Policy and Government Relations

16 Jul, 2020


Program Specialist for Policy and Government Relations

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Washington, DC

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently hiring a Program Specialist for Policy and Government Relations, a full-time position located in Washington, DC.

Nature of Position:

The Program Specialist for Policy and Government Relations provides support for a broad range of policy development, implementation, and administration activities.

In supporting state departments of transportation, the Program Specialist collaborates with key AASHTO partners such as Congress, federal agencies including the US Department of Transportation, and various transportation industry associations, after coordination with the Director of Policy and Government Relations. The incumbent gathers, synthesizes, and communicates information to members of AASHTO’s Transportation Policy Forum (TPF)—the Association’s key policymaking body—and to committees and various groups within AASHTO. Activities may include organizing, developing, and staffing virtual and in-person TPF meetings; coordinating state DOT members to discuss proposed federal actions; assisting in planning and implementing national conferences, training workshops, webcasts, webinars, and meetings with state DOTs and partner organizations, and; maintenance and improvements of the AASHTO Policy Portal and related websites.

Other tasks may include: working with the Director of Policy and Government Relations to develop presentations and letters for AASHTO members and staff, drafting responses to requests from state or federal entities, developing and managing surveys and tabulating responses, coordinating meetings and teleconferences, filing expense reports, organizing committee mailings, processing invoice requests, monitoring monthly financial statements and tracking billing against budgeting for accuracy, and other similar duties as assigned.

In carrying out the above responsibilities, the incumbent is expected to develop and maintain professional relationships with individuals and organizations in the transportation community. The incumbent must also be able to set priorities and achieve them independently in a timely manner.

Position Requirements:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of diverse technical and professional experience, with demonstrated evidence of increasing responsibility is require. Relevant transportation-related experience is desired, preferably at a government, industry, association or research institution. A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, preferably in the areas of policy, planning, engineering, or economics.

The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent research and analysis skills, and the ability to establish work program priorities and carry them out independently. Broad familiarity with any of the following areas is desired: transportation policies and programs at state and federal government; Congressional committees with jurisdictional authority appropriations and budgeting or for highways, transit, rail, active transportation, and aviation. The ability to organize survey responses, prepare presentations and research effectively to prepare reports with minimum supervision is also necessary.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by Friday, August 7, 2020.

AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.

Job posted: 2020-07-16