Vice President, International Economic Policy

30 Sep, 2020


Vice President, International Economic Policy

National Association of Manufacturers
Washington, DC
SUMMARY:   Work directly with member companies, government agencies, Congress, industry coalitions and pro-business advocacy groups in advancing the NAM agenda.  Manage and coordinate internal committees and external coalitions to formulate the association’s positions and policies on international economics and business affairs.  Communicate the association’s agenda in public forums and speaking engagements.  Provide departmental leadership and manage assigned staff members responsible for energy and environmental policy.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Effectively manage assigned staff and provide guidance on workload execution and priority setting.  Work to develop staff members by coaching and supporting professional development as appropriate.  Manage the performance of staff members and conduct annual reviews.


Provide oversight of the development, implementation and monitoring of lobbying activities and functions, including but not limited to, the following:  drafting issue briefs, white papers and lobbying points on important issues to the department, draft letters to members of Congress, Administration officials as well as prepare Congressional testimony promoting NAM positions; organize joint lobbying visits and keep congressional staff in the loop on the NAM’s positions, work with coalitions and other trade associations to broaden and enhance the NAM’s message.  Maintain high visibility on Capitol Hill and in the Administration on priority issues.


Ensure that committee members are updated on legislative and department activities as it relates to global trade, trade agreements, foreign trade barriers, regulatory trade restrictions and other matters of interest to the NAM membership.  Communicate regularly with committee and task force chairs to keep them informed of committee activities.


Coordinate schedules with the appropriate chair(s), schedule task force and coalition meetings as necessary.


Recruit new members for active participation in task force activities.


Insure that NAM policy is up to date and can respond to legislative and/or regulatory issues.  Policy is generally initiated at the task force level and is always approved by the subcommittee and full committee before being recommended to the NAM Board of Directors.


Handle various departmental administrative duties including monitoring the budget, planning various meetings and ensuring that workflow is managed efficiently.


Ability to handle pressure in a deadline driven environment



This position has 5 direct reports.



QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor’s or advanced degree with a minimum of 10 years of related corporate, Capitol Hill or Association experience; excellent knowledge of legislative issues, process and procedures.  Previous experience with international trade issues is required.  Must be an excellent communicator.  Previous experience managing people and programs is necessary.



Ability to read, analyze, present and interpret governmental legislation or regulations, general business periodicals and professional journals.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and Congressional testimony.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Congressional members and staff; Administration officials, NAM members, the press and general public.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form.  Using a methodical, logical approach, persuade Congressional and/or Administration officials of the benefits of supporting the NAM’s positions.

About National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. By joining the NAM, you become part of a spirited and dynamic team that is driven to succeed. We recognize and reward our staff with competitive pay and annual performance-based bonus programs. We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, SmarTrip, and a 401(k) Salary Deferral plan with employer match and contributions, and ample vacation and sick leave. Become part of a fast-paced team passionate about keeping the United States the world leader in manufacturing.
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Job posted: 2020-09-30