Vice President, Public Affairs- Transportation

04 Aug, 2022


Vice President, Public Affairs- Transportation

United Parcel Service (UPS)
Washington, D.C.

Job Summary

The Public Affairs Surface Transportation Advocate, coordinates UPS interests with legislative and regulatory authorities to influence legislation and regulatory policy benefiting the business needs of the company. The incumbent oversees the development and management of relationships with government officials and directs external consultants. This position also lobbies government officials to support UPS objectives. This role informs informal stakeholders about Public Affairs activities and objectives. The incumbent manages others within the department.

This position is full-time, and will report to the President of Federal and State Public Affairs and will work closely with other Public Affairs team members in the development and implementation of sophisticated legislative strategies. Prior legislative experience and a strong understanding of complex issues concerning surface transportation policy including highway, rail, and ocean are a necessity. Additional subject matters may be included in lobbying efforts.


  • Utilizes association relationships to advocate on public policy issues in order to protect the UPS brand
  • Develops and maintains relationships with industry associations and think tanks to ensure UPS’s interests are addressed
  • Serves as a leader in organizations to ensure that UPS issues are prioritized
  • Determines legislative priorities and how Public Affairs can best engage government officials to influence outcomes favorable to UPS
  • Participates in legislative and regulatory hearings to positively impact outcomes that affect UPS
  • Develops position papers for Members of Congress to ensure UPS’s position is articulated accurately
  • Works with government officials and legislative staff members to educate them about UPS’s business and issues
  • Utilizes the political process to impact the legislative and regulatory processes
  • Uses information on Congressional committee assignments and the elected official’s role to prioritize the relationship-building activities
  • Serves in a leadership role in external advocacy organizations to represent Public Affairs
  • Analyzes positions of government and industry officials to determine key players on assigned legislative and regulatory issues
  • Evaluates pending legislation and regulations to recommend UPS’s policy position
  • Develops research and scholarship to help UPS support advocacy efforts
  • Manages advocacy campaigns in support of UPS’s legislative and regulatory agenda
  • Identifies individual/team skill gaps and developmental opportunities (e.g., training, special assignments, projects, etc.) to facilitate individual/team development
  • Ensures that direct/indirect reports have documented, strategically aligned career goals and detailed plans for achieving goals to advance the development of their personal and professional growth
  • Holds others accountable to established performance levels to achieve individual/group goals and maintain consistent practices across the organization
  • Resolves individual/group performance issues in accordance with UPS’s policies/procedures in a timely manner to motivate and foster teamwork
  • Coaches others and provides on-going feedback and support to improve performance as they take on greater responsibilities
  • Identifies opportunities to involve others in new and challenging work assignments that advance the skills/capabilities of individuals and the organization
  • Makes strategic decisions about the lateral movement and promotion of people to develop skills and fill key positions


  • Demonstrates an understanding of government relations, including effective lobbying strategies, grassroots organizing, and the mechanics of policy-making
  • Displays a strong strategic thinker with polished written/oral advocacy skills; is organized, collaborative, and action-oriented
  • Thrives under pressure and have a proven ability to achieve hard-fought policy outcomes; is self-starter and intrinsically motivated but also a good teammate

UPS is an equal opportunity employer. UPS does not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law


Job posted: 2022-08-04