Vice President, Global Trade Policy

10 Nov, 2021


Vice President, Global Trade Policy

National Foreign Trade Council
Washington, DC



The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) seeks a Vice President for Global Trade Policy to serve as its lead strategist, expert and advocate on international trade issues. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the NFTC President.


About the National Foreign Trade Council


The NFTC is a recognized leader in advancing the interests of U.S. companies in international commerce. For over 100 years, we have provided our members with advice, advocacy, and access to navigate the challenges of the global economy.  Today, we are a thought leader and principal interlocutor in areas ranging from international trade agreements and tax treaties to tariffs, supply chain regulations, digital trade policies and sanctions.


We offer our members high-level access to policymakers in governments and in international organizations. We conduct regular meetings, briefings, and in-depth analysis and serve as a nimble and effective forum for companies to tackle critical and complex issues together. We advocate for our members’ interests with the U.S. Executive Branch and Congress, and through organizations including the WTO, OECD and United Nations. We engage the media, think tanks and other interest groups on the role of international trade and tax policies in contributing to U.S. economic growth and job creation.


The NFTC maintains an affiliated, independent 501(c)(3) educational organization, the NFTC Foundation. It conducts educational efforts in support of an open, rules-based global economy, including public conferences and an annual awards event. The NFTC Foundation houses the Global Innovation Forum, an educational effort to engage a global network of small businesses, nonprofit leaders and government officials to explore the role of trade policies and programs in fostering resilience and inclusive growth.


What you will do:


Oversee the development and execution of NFTC’s trade policy strategy: Consult closely with member companies and the NFTC President and staff to develop positions on key priorities and identify opportunities for advocacy and education through private meetings, public events, letters, public comment notices, media outreach, op-eds, and position papers; ensure NFTC is a nimble and effective advocate in response to fast-moving developments on trade policy.


Lead advocacy and education efforts on key trade priorities, including but not limited to trade relations with China, the Indo-Pacific and the European Union, trade agreement negotiations and implementation, dispute settlement, and trade policies related to the digital economy, frontier technologies, climate change and health; work closely with NFTC’s team on other key priorities including international supply chain policies, tariff policy and reform, trade enforcement, trade promotion programs, investment policies, export controls, sanctions, digital tax issues, and other bilateral relationships.


Manage key relationships with officials from the White House, USTR, Department of Commerce, congressional committees, foreign governments, and other businesses and associations.


Serve as a trusted resource on trade policy issues for NFTC member companies and as an expert at private roundtables, public events, trade negotiating forums, industry meetings, hearings, and in print and broadcast media.


Lead NFTC’s Working Group on the World Trade Organization and represent the Council on trade policy matters with international organizations including the APEC and OECD.


In collaboration with the NFTC trade team, guide the activities of NFTC’s Trade Committee, which provides regular opportunities for members to engage with each other and government officials, and develops thought leadership on priority issues facing the business community.


Supervise and provide mentorship to staff, and help foster a culture that values collaboration, initiative and diversity; serve as a counselor to the President; work with the President, staff and Board to recruit new member companies; and execute other duties as assigned.


An ideal candidate will possess:


  • 15+ years of experience working in or with Congress, the Executive Branch, regulatory agencies, the business community and/or international organizations on trade policy.
  • A deep professional network and a proven ability to collaborate effectively with diverse business, government and nonprofit stakeholders;
  • Experience managing and mentoring trade policy professionals, and a proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and campaigns.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience writing public comments, testimony, policy briefs and thought pieces for publication and serving as a source for print and broadcast media.
  • The ability to travel for business purposes up to 20% of the time.
  • An advanced degree in law, international affairs or economics is preferred.


Salary and benefits


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. NFTC offers a highly competitive compensation package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k)-retirement program plus an annual employer contribution, generous paid time off, parental leave, use of on-premises fitness center, and the ability to participate in pre-tax transportation, dependent care and flexible spending account programs.


How to apply


Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume. This position will remain open until filled.


Job posted: 2021-11-10