Director, Government Affairs

Reports to: Vice President, Government Affairs  
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 93 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.

Position Summary
The Director of Government Affairs is a key PCA government affairs representative and has a lead responsibility for shepherding the association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts on federal infrastructure transportation, and for promoting the cement industry in general.  In this capacity, the Director meets actively with Congressional staff, Administration and agency officials, participates in coalition meetings, attend Congressional fundraisers and other activities that further the interests of the cement industry.  The Director also helps coordinate the activities of the industry’s Government Affairs Council, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and other activities as needed.   

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and Congressional leaders, especially with those individuals having influence over federal infrastructure and transportation programs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and interacts with key Administration officials at federal agencies and the White House; arranges and facilitates meetings between association members and government officials on discrete issues of importance to the industry.
  • Assist in the management of the Congressional Cement Caucus activities, including membership, evaluation of legislation for the consideration of the Caucus, drafting advocacy correspondence for the Caucus, and writing regular communications to the Caucus membership.
  • Lobby Congress on specific legislation impacting the cement industry and prepare Congressional testimony on same, as appropriate.
  • Track federal and state transportation and infrastructure, legislation, and regulations of interest to the industry and prepare analyses and summaries of same, as appropriate.         
  • Coordinate and actively participate in the activities of Board-level Committees, including: the Government Affairs Council, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Clean Air
  • Committee, and Environment and Energy Committee, Occupational Health and Safety and affiliated subcommittees and task groups.
  • Actively participate in, and in some case lead, numerous coalitions developed to promote perspectives common to multiple interests on issues of concern to the industry.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and interact extensively with key Administration officials at federal agencies and the White House; arrange and facilitates meetings between association members and government officials on discrete issues of importance to the industry; and host visits of industry facilities as a means of educating officials on the manufacturing process and to further the points of view of the industry.
  • Work with Counsel to prepare comments on proposed federal and state rules.Also write numerous detailed technical and non-technical communications on regulatory matters in including position papers and memorandums to members on regulatory issues, policy options, and related litigation.
  • Prepare minutes for committee and subcommittee meetings and organize committee and subcommittee meetings, including negotiating hotel contracts and other logistics and prepare tentative agendas for committee and subcommittee meetings.Assist the Vice President in preparing annual advocacy and research budgets.
  • Meet with congressional staff to convey the industry’s perspective on legislation or to seek congressional assistance on a regulatory matter.Also when it involves issues upon which Director has expertise, help prepare oral and written testimony and coordinate delivery by industry representatives before congressional committees on legislation of concern to the industry.
  • Prepare and deliver various forms of communication to PCA members to share information regarding key government affairs issues and developments.
  • Prepare position papers and memorandums for members on legislative issues and policy options as part of key industry advocacy efforts.                                                                                  
  • Coordinate with outside consultants to support the industry’s advocacy efforts.
  • Regularly attend political functions and congressional fundraisers.

Reporting Relationships
The position reports to the Vice President of Government Affairs.

Education:  Undergraduate degree, advanced degree in public policy preferred but not required.

Experience:  Five years or more of legislative experience, background in infrastructure policy and solid congressional contacts.  Prior association experience preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory processes, including those resulting in statutes and regulations is essential to the position.In addition, an interest in manufacturing and its impact on the U.S. economy is desired.
  • Verbal and written communication skills at a level commensurate with responsibilities in order to create clear, concise, and effective presentations and reports to all levels internal and external to the association.
  • Ability to lobby and to influence legislation; ability to impact legislative strategies; ability to deliver the message to intended recipients and to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business organizations.
  • Ability to manage consultants, outside counsel, vendors, independent consultants.
  • Ability to build consensus, establish trust, communicate effectively, and foster culture change; ability to lead, facilitate, and mentor individuals, committee, and advocacy teams; ability to gain and ensure credibility and validity; ability to foster trust and confidence in work output.

Working Conditions
Working conditions are a typical office setting in Washington, DC.  Significant local travel in the Washington, DC metro area is expected.  The position requires frequent attendance at events schedules in the evening or on weekends.  Travel is required though it will not exceed 25 percent.

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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