The American Institute of Architects, a professional membership organization with 200 employees and 90,000 members, located in downtown DC near the White House, is recruiting for a Manager, Federal Relations & Policy.
This position is on Advocacy & Relationships team & reports to the Director, Federal Relations. The Federal Relations division is a team of 3. The manager will assist with policy research and direct lobbying to support AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda. In this role, the manager will represent the AIA before Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations regarding federal issues impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.
Federal Lobbying and External Relationships
Build and maintain strategic relationships with Capitol Hill (to include members of Congress, congressional committees, caucuses, and staff) and the Executive Branch (to include appointed and career officials) to advance AIA’s federal advocacy agenda.
Represent AIA in coalitions relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
Represent AIA at political events.
Research and Writing
Routinely track, research, and analyze federal legislation, regulations, and issues impacting architects, the profession, and the built environment based on various sources (print and electronic publications, and attendance at meetings, hearings, fundraisers, conferences, and other events).
Review daily the introduction of federal legislation, proposed rules and regulations, and other notices to determine the potential effects on architects, the profession, and the built environment.
Write action alert-type messages and other communication materials for distribution to AIA members.
Draft issue briefs, reports, position papers, talking points, and testimony relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
Produce reports that detail voting records and political fundraising activity of members of Congress.
As directed, prepare articles for AIA publications regarding federal issues impacting architects, the built environment, or AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Assist the department in planning major events, including scheduling/ coordinating Congressional and Executive Branch meetings for annual fly-ins or attendance by an AIA member(s) for federal government affairs related meetings in Washington, DC.
Lead the logistical coordination between the federal team and component executives to implement in-district meetings to help advance AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
Represent the department in meetings with other AIA departments to provide policy perspective, identify policy opportunities, and facilitate contacts for other departments with the federal government.
Assist with the annual development of AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agendas.
Respond to member requests and questions, including helping the department respond to the GovAffs email.
Manage recurring and/or new negotiation for memorandums of understanding (MOU’s) with federal agencies
Coordinate, plan, and attend senior leadership meetings with federal agency staff
Moderate meeting discussions with knowledge communities and other internal stakeholders.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Executive and Legislative branch staff
Other associations and coalition partners
AIA national volunteer leadership and staff
AIA state and local components
AIA Brand and Engagement team
AIA Members and Component Services Department
AIA Knowledge and Practice Department
ArchiPAC Steering Committee
AIA Government Advocacy Committee
Executive and Legislative Branch officials
KSAs, Training and Experience
Federal registered lobbyist
Intermediate level knowledge of the federal government and its legislative and regulatory processes
Intermediate level understanding of how to successfully lobby Congress and the executive branch, including no less than 3-5 years experience in working to advance legislative and regulatory proposals
Established track record of helping to enact legislation at the federal or state level
Demonstrated ability to speak extemporaneously before groups to inform, persuade or influence
Exceptional skill in communicating complex ideas both in writing and orally, including analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations
Proven skills and track record in team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation, as well as active listening
Proven ability to work independently while successfully managing multiple priorities and responsibilities simultaneously
Demonstrated success working in a team environment through coordination and communication of delegated responsibilities; communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy; and resolving problems collaboratively among internal stakeholders (ex: association members), partner organizations/agencies, and internal organization staff
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Skilled in using internet browser/internet research-based methods
Bachelor’s degree in history, political science, or related field with 3-5 years of lobbying, general government affairs, or Hill experience is required; M.A., J.D., preferred, but not required.
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.