Director, Government Affairs, Energy & Environment

Reports to: Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Salary Grade: E
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 is a key PCA government affairs representative and will help accomplish the Association’s public policy goals and promote the cement industry. This position analyzes legislative and regulatory proposals, helps develop public comments, builds relationships with administration officials, agency and congressional staff, and participates in coalition efforts and other activities that further the interests of the cement industry. The Director will research public policy issues, assist with legislative strategy and regulatory efforts, and will represent PCA at meetings and activities.

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

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with congressional staff and officials at federal agencies; arrange and facilitate meetings between association members and government officials on issues of importance to the industry.
  • Analyze legislative and regulatory proposals from Congress and federal agencies.
  • Prepare legislative language and position papers on proposed legislation; write/oversee the drafting of detailed legal, technical, and advisory communications to PCA members on congressional issues.
  • Prepare comments and position papers on proposed federal rules; write/oversee the drafting of detailed legal, technical, and advisory communications to PCA members on regulatory issues.
  • Actively participate in coalitions that promote the interests of the industry.
  • Help to support and coordinate the advocacy activities of PCA Committees and affiliated subcommittees
  • Manage the efforts of outside consultants, as may be necessary, to support legislative priorities on energy and environment priority issues.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the Executive Vice President, Government Affairs.

Essential Skills and Experience

Education: Undergraduate degree and preferably a master’s in public policy or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: 6 years or more of public policy experience, preferably in Congress. Knowledge of tax policy, as well as the congressional appropriations and/or budget process is helpful.


  • Strong knowledge of the congressional and federal regulatory processes, with a proven advocacy record.
  • Excellent communication skills. The ability to create clear, cogent presentations and reports to all levels internal and external to the association.
  • Ability to identify threats and opportunities and provide guidance to relevant PCA Committees on strategy and advocacy tactics.
  • Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business organizations.

Working Conditions

The Director works in a typical office in Washington, DC. The Director 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.

Date: December, 2016

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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