Director/Assistant Counsel, Government Affairs

Reports to: Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs
FLSA: Exempt
Department Name: Government Affairs
Location: Washington, D.C.


The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers. PCA members represent 92 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states. The Association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment. For more information, visit

Position Summary

The Director/Assistant Counsel, Government Affairs is a key PCA government affairs representative and will help accomplish the association’s regulatory advocacy efforts and promote the cement industry. This position analyzes regulatory proposals, develops public comments, builds relationships with Administration officials, Agency staff, and participates in coalition efforts and other activities that further the interests of the cement industry.  The Director/Assistant Counsel, Government Affairs will research legal and policy issues and assist with regulatory strategy and litigation efforts.

This position also helps coordinate the activities of PCA Committees and affiliated subcommittees.

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Analyze regulatory proposals from environmental, public health, safety and transportation agencies.

  • Prepare comments on proposed federal rules. Write/oversee the drafting of detailed legal, technical, and advisory communications to PCA members on regulatory and litigation issues.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with officials at federal agencies; arrange and facilitate meetings between association members and government officials on issues of importance to the industry.

  • Actively participate in coalitions that promote the interests of the industry.

  • Coordinate and direct the advocacy activities of PCA Committees and Task Force groups.

  • Conduct legal research regarding environmental, health, and safety issues.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs.

Education: Undergraduate and graduate degree, preferably law degree or masters in public policy or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: 3 years or more of public policy and/or legal counseling experience, preferably at the federal level. A strong background in environmental law and/or regulatory matters is required.  Background and understanding of Clean Air Act issues is preferable. 


Strong knowledge of the federal regulatory process, including advocacy and litigation strategies to achieve a preferred outcome.

Excellent communication skills. The ability to create clear, cogent presentations and reports to all levels internal and external to the association.

Ability to identify regulatory threats and opportunities and provide guidance to relevant PCA Committees on strategy and advocacy.

Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business organizations.

Working Conditions

The Director/Assistant Counsel, Government Affairs works in a typical office in Washington, DC. They will spend roughly a third of working hours attending meetings, either in the PCA office, elsewhere in the Washington area, or in other cities.

Additional Information

This position description describes the general nature of the position.  The above information is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities and cover every aspect of the position. Additional responsibilities and elements of the description may be added, changed or deleted by management at any time either in writing or verbally.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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