AHLA is seeking a full-time Director, Federal Affairs to be responsible for policy development and advocacy before the U.S. Congress and other federal government agencies. In this role, they will be part of a dynamic team advocating for the hotel and lodging industry’s interests, implementing key strategies, strengthening critical relationships with Members of Congress and their staff - as well as other key stakeholders - working aggressively and strategically on multiple issues of critical importance to AHLA and the industry.
Working in close coordination with the broader Government Affairs team, represent the domestic lodging industry and its core advocacy agenda before Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and their respective staffs.
Facilitate, secure, and execute high level meetings with key stakeholders including Congressional and Administration officials and member company representatives.
Working in collaboration with the federal affairs team, develop and execute strategy that helps drive policy making that benefits our members, their employees, and their customers.
Monitor, anticipate, and understand federal legislative and regulatory policy activities to strategically shape industry positions, advocacy, and response.
Draft letters, talking points, collateral, testimony, industry policy, and white papers on behalf of the hotel industry.
Coordinate outreach to coalition groups, third-party organizations and industry partners.
Brief internal and external officials on key advocacy initiatives.
Collaborate closely with AHLA’s public relations and communications team on strategic messaging, news releases and public statements pertaining to legislative issues.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public affairs, public administration, or related area or equivalent work experience.
5-7 years of Capitol Hill, Administration, Government Relations //Public Policy/Lobbying experience.
Knowledge of the legislative process at the federal, state and local levels.
Ability to analyze how legislative language or regulatory proposals could impact member companies and effectively communicate.
Demonstrated success in lobbying federal government.
Ability to project manage multiple projects.
Proven ability to think strategically and implement tactically.
Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
Skills and Attributes
Effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent project management skills with great attention to detail, and strong work ethic.
Professional demeanor and excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write and edit clear, engaging, and grammatically correct content; willingness to be coached.
Self-motivated individual who is also a team player with a high level of professionalism and emotional intelligence.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Experienced computer and software knowledge, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Proven ability to prioritize, execute project tasks and conform to shifting priorities as needed
Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
Excellent customer service skills
Demonstrated presentation and public speaking skills.
Position based in Washington, DC.
Moderate travel is required.
AHLA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
About American Hotel Lodging Association
For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the foremost representative of and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry. We are the only national association that represents all segments of an industry that is among the 10 largest business sectors in America. We advocate for our members so they can do their best at what matters most: serving guests, employees and their communities.
From major global brands to the small inns and bed & breakfasts, AHLA provides a singular voice that brings together the industry’s multitude of constituents. Our industry is incredibly diverse and represents everyone from brand CEO's to independent hotel owners, general managers and hotel staff and is an integral contributor to the American economy.