The Beer Institute (BI)
Washington, DC

The Beer Institute (BI) is a national trade association representing the American brewing industry. The organization traces their root back to the early 1860s and is one of the oldest trade associations in Washington, DC representing the industry and its issues before Congress and in other public forums across the country. The Beer Institute includes both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. Beer in America is a $253 billion industry that includes more than 5,000 breweries and supports 1.75 million American jobs . This a full-time position that offers outstanding benefits and competitive compensation, based on experience. The Beer institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Description: The BI seeks an experienced and motivated individual to lead the development, evaluation and advocacy of the beer industry’s regulatory policies and positions. The primary responsibilities of this position are to protect and be an advocate for the interests of the association?s private sector member companies by developing and maintaining relationships with senior officials of federal agencies and national and international organizations involved with public health, social responsibility and sustainability programs. Critical to the role is developing and executing strategies to purposefully differentiate the beer industry from competitors in the alcohol industry and gain positive public policy outcomes. This role reports to the Vice President & General Counsel, but works closely with economic, legislative, legal and communications staff, representatives of member companies, industry suppliers, distributors and other allied trade associations.

Key Responsibilities:

Policy Development: 40%

  • Lead the development and implementation of key policy and regulatory initiatives for the BI, working through collaborative frameworks of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with senior officials in federal agencies, the executive and legislative branches, key state offices and policymakers. Establish relationships with local, state and national advocacy groups, and other third-party national and international organizations that impact U.S. beer policy and regulations.
  • Routinely provide analysis of the industry?s current policies and positions, making recommendations to address gaps or provide updates based on evolving scientific research, public policies, and other evidence.

Advocacy: 20%

  • Proactively advocate on alcohol-related issues to identify opportunities, defend against potential policy and regulatory threats and provide recommended action to BI staff and member companies.
  • Lead the evaluation, summarization and response to scientific studies and publications critical of industry positions and objectives.

Communication: 20%

  • Represent the BI at hearings, meetings and conferences that have policy implications affecting the beer industry.
  • Prepare written and verbal testimony, regulatory comments, talking points, letters, position papers, briefing memos, articles, newsletter stories and other communications and advocacy tools in support of the BI?s objectives.

Management/Mentoring: 20%

  • Work with BI staff to plan and execute briefings on policy issues with legislative and general industry reputation implications.
  • Serve as the primary BI contact and staff support for the Beer Policy and Responsibility Working Groups. This includes managing a budget to support and advance the beer industry’s public policy initiatives and positions.


  • Preferred candidates will have a Master’s degree or equivalent experience in relevant field (legislative, public policy, health policy, etc.) and a demonstrated aptitude to learn complex industry issues.
  • Minimum 6-8 years of experience in U.S. and international public or health policy or regulatory issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to develop public policy and advocacy materials. Public speaking experience, demonstrating the handling of critical audiences with skill and diplomacy.
  • An industry advocate will understand the procedures and politics of the inner-workings of federal government departments and agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and objectives, building consensus among stakeholders and delivering results on time and within budget.
  • Ability to travel up to 20 percent of the time and may include international travel.

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Job Posted: February 15, 2017