Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

13 May, 2019


Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Portland Cement Association
Washington, DC


The Portland Cement Association (PCA) ( ), founded in 1916, has offices in Washington DC and Skokie, Illinois. PCA consists of over 20 corporate members, who represent over 90 percent of US cement capacity.  We are a leading partner in working with other national and international cement and concrete-focused organizations; speaking as one voice for the industry and coordinating promotion, legislation and advocacy, technical support, research, and other core activities.  The Senior Vice President of Government Affairs will report directly to the CEO/President.


In this role, you will be responsible to:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in a strategic leadership role for the Association, exercising responsibility for the overall direction, formation, coordination, and implementation of legislative and regulatory advocacy programs including energy, environment, and occupational health and safety.


  • Represent the Association and the industry in meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff, and with Administrative officials at federal agencies and the White House.


  • Prepare oral and written testimony and coordinate delivery by industry representatives before congressional committees on legislation of concern to the industry.


  • Direct the Association’s advocacy program on key issues affecting the cement industry.


  • Participate in activities that devise and implement industry policy and update of advocacy plans to reflect changing issue dynamics and intelligence gathered.


  • Manage the delivery of various forms of communication to PCA members to inform them of government affairs developments.


  • Provide internal and external leadership in planning and implementation of a federal legislative and regulatory strategy.
  • Develop and advocate for passage of federal legislation designed to address and/or mitigate federal legislative and regulatory challenges and opportunities.
  • Write detailed technical and non-technical communications (including position papers and memorandums) on regulatory matters and policy options.
  • Responsible for oversight of committee and subcommittee meetings.
  • Manage the efforts of external legal counsel and consultants to support regulatory and or legislative advocacy. Select, manage, develop, and evaluate staff to ensure the efficient operation of department.
  • Prepare, monitor, and assure departmental adherence to budgets, expenditure guidelines, and non-dues revenue goals.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing Association activities, including antitrust activities.

What we require:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Science, Business, Engineering, Political Science, Public Administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.


  • 10+ years as an advocate, preferably within a manufacturing trade association; experience in developing public policy.


  • 8+ years of management experience.
  • Experience developing and implementing multi-year association strategic plans.
  • Knowledge of trade association and industry operations required; knowledge of how public policy is made, how bills become law, and the court system and regulatory processes.
  • Knowledge of Federal legislation and regulatory processes; knowledge of lobbying, advocacy, legislative processes and issues, and Congressional operations.
  • Competency in selecting, managing, developing, and evaluating staff to ensure the efficient operation of department. Equipped to guide and direct the performance and professional development of the department staff.
  • Business acumen, collaboration, customer awareness, problem-solving, analytical, editorial, leadership, and organizational skills commensurate to level at which responsibilities are performed.
  • Verbal and written communication skills at a level commensurate with responsibilities in order to create clear, concise, and effective presentations and reports to all levels internal and external to the association, including the Board.
  • Ability to lobby and influence legislation, impact legislative strategies, deliver the message to intended recipients and to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business organizations.
  • Experience in managing consultants, outside counsel, vendors, and media.
  • A consensus builder who establishes trust, communicates effectively, and fosters culture change.
  • Ability to develop, monitor, and interpret technical topics and research results, and transfer them into practice.

To be considered, please submit your application, cover letter and salary requirements, by clicking on the link below:

Portland Cement Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job posted: 2019-05-13