Sr. Director, Legislative Affairs

16 Aug, 2021


Sr. Director, Legislative Affairs

Sierra Nevada Corp.
Arlington, VA

The Sr. Director, Legislative Affairs serves as the primary representative for defense and national security legislative issues in the Washington, DC environment. Provides to senior corporate executives information, advice, and perspectives concerning policies, trends and activities within the Congress and key customer organizations. Applies knowledge, insight, and strategic planning to produce comprehensive communications, action/engagement plans, influence positive outcomes for the company, and builds networks, coalitions, and contacts to effectively prosecute action plans. Responsible for maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base to build, craft, and focus key messaging and content for Legislative and Government Affairs engagement with the expectation of highly polished, professional, and potent products. Facilitates effective strategic integration of executives, program managers, business development, marketing/outreach, program, and technical teams in order to build and maintain strong communications in the defense and national security business areas and between the SNC business units. Integrates with all Corporate functions, including the communications, legal, and executive support functions at the Corporate headquarters. Manages and effectively directs and interacts with outside consultants, with primary responsibility for any defense and national security legislative issues that may have material significance for the company, its customers and other stakeholders. Informs and participates in business reviews, resource allocations, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement efforts. Serves as an SNC lobbyist with the full range of responsibilities and accountability associated with this role.

At SNC’s Washington, D.C. office we are responsible for government affairs, international strategy, international business, and trade and regulatory compliance. We provide strategic guidance across the organization, helping to find alignment and compliance between SNC and the national security priorities of the U.S. government. Learn more about the Washington, D.C. team

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop Congressional strategies, campaign plans, and tactical engagements with relevant legislative and government stakeholders to support marketing plans for major company programs and implement necessary action plans to generate required Congressional support for these programs
  • Create, review, distribute, and responsively follow-up on strategic plans, relevant law and policy items, key stakeholder engagement activities, time-phased event planning, focused Legislative campaign execution, timely legislation and appropriation budget summaries, and relevant industry or professional group activities
  • Develop and maintain current and thorough knowledge of key company programs, particularly defense and national security, in order to provide enhanced legislative and government affairs support. Be able to responsively apply and communicate this knowledge in a highly professional and capable manner to government, industry, and internal audiences to effectively shape strategy, outcomes, and initiatives aligned with the company and business area priorities and objectives
  • Maintain an effective interface between key programs, industry leads, and professional/trade organizations in order to ensure coordination and responsiveness on all legislative matters
  • Closely coordinate and strategically plan with relevant WDCO executives to ensure overall company alignment, synergy, and effectiveness in the legislative and government affairs domains
  • Responsible for the comprehensive development of legislative strategy for the outyears while simultaneously informing and advocating for both current year execution and future years planning
  • Execute all professional lobbyist activities and actions, to include effective utilization and application of PAC funding and political engagement


  • BS/BA degree in related field
  • 15+ years of experience in the government relations area either as a government relations executive with a major defense company or trade association, a long-term Congressional staffer involved with defense matters, or as a senior public servant in a Congressional Relations role for a relevant government department or agency
  • Proven experience in all aspects of defense and national security, including Department of Defense acquisition, open systems architecture, ISR capabilities, aircraft modifications, electronic warfare, cybersecurity, crypto modernization, as well as, national security space matters is essential
  • An ability to quickly grasp, understand, and synthesize the legislative issues facing the industries in which the company operates and to position the company effectively to address these issues, with a keen eye on opportunities for business development with customers
  • An extensive knowledge of US federal appropriations and policy making processes, including executive agencies, the White House, Senate and House, as well as think tanks and associations and an understanding of how these processes impact the company’s business development agenda
  • Demonstrated initiative and autonomous operation with minimum supervision, strong communication and presentation skills, leadership ability, initiative and creativity, and a high degree of skill and judgment while working within an environment that places a premium on collaboration and team work along with strong coalition building skills
  • The ability to work and be an integral part of an action-oriented, decision-making working environment and an ability to manage and maintain focus in a fast-paced dynamic Washington, DC environment
  • Business management skills usually acquired through experience, short courses, seminars and post graduate study all contribute to the skills required for this position
  • Ability to travel 15%
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance is required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


  • Experience with navigating Congressional legislative bill and report text
  • Experience with Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams

Important Notice:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.


At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

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Job posted: 2021-08-16