Vice President, Federal Affairs

05 Sep, 2023


Vice President, Federal Affairs

American Chemistry Council
Washington D.C.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents more than 190 companies engaged in the business of chemistry—an innovative, economic growth engine that is helping to solve the biggest challenges facing our country and the world. Our members are the leading companies engaged in all aspects of the business of chemistry, from the largest corporations to the smallest, and everything in between. They are the people and companies creating the groundbreaking products that are improving the world all around us by making it healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive.

Our mission is to champion the people, policy, and products of chemistry that collectively make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing.

To achieve this, we:

  • Advocate as the collective voice of industry for balanced and science-based policy solutions across all levels of government;
  • Drive continuous performance improvement and protect our employees and the communities in which we operate through Responsible Care®;
  • Foster the development of sustainability best practices throughout ACC member company operations and products; and
  • Communicate authentically with the community about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life.

Position Summary

The position is responsible for formulating and implementing a successful federal affairs program which achieves specific legislative results that are favorable to the interests of ACC and its member companies. The position is also responsible for effectively representing the substantive policy issues associated with ACC’s advocacy efforts before the Congress and the Administration.  The position interacts frequently with ACC member company representatives as well as senior business and government officials.  The position reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains appropriate contact with members of Congress, staff, administration officials, and other appropriate organizations to achieve policy objectives.
  • Manages ACC’s political action committee (PAC).
  • Analyzes and evaluates proposed and pending federal legislative trends that may potentially impact ACC and coordinates development of overall Congressional strategies.
  • Manages outside consultants to assist in meeting ACC objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains a sophisticated “insider” political network within the Administration, Capitol Hill, and with other related organizations.
  • Provides updates to the ACC Board of Directors and senior staff on key issues and programs and initiates necessary follow-up on appropriate items.
  • Serves as a member of the ACC senior management team and maintains responsibility for ensuring the coordination and alignment of Federal Affairs with other ACC departments/divisions.
  • Oversees the overall work activities of employees within the Federal Affairs department, including establishing performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, and facilitating employee development for direct reports.
  • Oversees development of the department’s annual operational budget.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 12 years’ progressively responsible professional level experience in federal government relations.
  • 10 years advocacy or related experience.
  • Demonstrated success involving high-level policy initiatives with Congress and the Administration.
  • Proven ability to work well with both Republicans and Democrats.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to give internal and public presentations.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage high quality stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to build consensus, work in a team environment, and coordinate across multiple groups within a large organization.
  • Ability to process complex, technical, abstract verbal and written information for purposes of establishing strategy, direction and action plans.
  • Expertise as a senior-level leader with demonstrated skills in leading, coaching and mentoring staff.



  • Juris Doctorate or Master’s degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the chemical or related industry.

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Job posted: 2023-09-05