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Vice President, State Affairs

The Vice President, State Affairs is a senior staff level position reporting to the Executive Vice President, Public Affairs. The VP, State Affairs advises Auto Innovators staff and members on state relations impacting the Association and its activities. This team member is responsible for the initiation and implementation of pro-active strategies to advance the industry’s interests and policy positions to decision-makers in both government and business. The VP administers the general operation of the State Affairs Department as a whole, supervises the activity of the State Affairs staff, outside consultants, State Affairs Committee and grassroots advocacy initiatives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Monitors, evaluates and apprises the Auto Innovators’ leadership, staff, and members of trends and issues in state policy that impact the industry and proposes recommendations for action.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises the state government activities of the Association.
  • Consults regularly with member companies on establishing policy priorities, positions, messaging, and strategy.
  • Prepares and presents comments, correspondence, and testimony to state initiatives affecting the Association and its members.
  • Leads Auto Innovators’ state team regarding draft policies and external messaging.
  • Identifies, develops and maintains relationships with stakeholders and other relevant organizations.
  • Serves as a thought leader on advanced state policy in panel discussions and in other public forums.
  • Represents Auto Innovators in strategic partnership efforts and other public venues advocating adoption of recommended policies and initiatives.
  • Recruits and grows coalition members and influence.
  • Works closely with other Auto Innovators’ departments to ensure a coherent, coordinated industry effort and proper messaging on issues is achieved.
  • Manages an extensive network of consultants in all states.
  • Develops, recommends, and manages the state affairs budget.
  • Collaborates and manages relationships with outside counsel and consultants.
  • Manages a staff of five.
  • All other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   

  • Comprehensive knowledge of state legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies, Congress, trade associations or corporations on advanced technology policy matters.
  • In-depth understanding of automotive industry, key policy issues, and trends.
  • Ability to interpret complex policy concepts and effectively communicate them to executive staff, government officials, and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership qualities to generate and maintain consensus among Auto Innovators members.
  • Knowledge of special interest groups focusing on advanced and emerging state policy.
  • Ability to interpret legislation and regulations and identify their potential impact on the industry.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to speak/represent Auto Innovators before government officials, member company executives, and the media.
  • Passion for Auto Innovators’ mission and love for the auto industry.

Director, Federal Affairs

Reporting to the Vice President, Federal Affairs, the Director, Federal Affairs will assist in the development of Auto Innovators’ federal affairs strategy impacting the automotive industry. The Director, Federal Affairs will also assist in implementing the strategic advocacy plan, assisting with activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization's mission. The Director, Federal Affairs will be responsible for contributing to the development of successful engagements with Congress and The Administration to support those member positions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with implementation and integration of the strategic advocacy plan to advance Auto Innovators’ mission; broaden awareness of its priorities; and increase the visibility of its key issues across membership baseline.
  • Help develop policy strategy that will allow Auto Innovators’ leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the members of Congress and Administration officials.
  • Participate in the development of legislative initiatives affecting Auto Innovators’ and its members. Prepare and present Congressional statements in response to legislative plans.
  • Participate with advocacy interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize advocacy opportunities, and plan, organize and supervises federal affairs activities on the legislative front.
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage Capitol Hill relationships to ensure coordinated industry effort on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators) PAC, including member engagement and participation in fund raisers.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrate skills and comfort in proactively building relationships with the members of Congress and the Administration.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • Experience in integrating and leveraging technical, communications, legal and related resources in planning and executing legislative and regulatory efforts.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver and results oriented.
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.
  • Excellent and persuasive communicator.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board Members and staff.
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical, as well as, strategic thinker.

About The Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Formed in 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators) is a the singular, authoritative, and respected voice of the automotive industry. Focused on creating a safe and transformative path for sustainable industry growth, Auto Innovators represents the manufacturers producing nearly 99 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the United States. The newly established organization, a combination of the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is directly involved in regulatory and policy matters impacting the light-duty vehicle market across the country. Members include motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, as well as technology and value chain partners.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, Auto Innovators also has offices in Sacramento, California and Southfield, Michigan. Each staff member plays an essential role in achieving Auto Innovators’ mission. The strength of Auto Innovators is the combined excellence of its staff and its members. Auto Innovators needs the talents and knowledge of each of its employees to maintain and extend outstanding services to all Auto Innovators’ members.

The automotive industry is evolving rapidly, transforming the policy and regulatory space in which our members operate. We are looking for employees who are passionate about the auto industry, strategic thinkers and collaborative. You will join a cross-functional team of experts in environment and energy, vehicle safety, connected automation, federal and state government affairs, attorneys and communicators who, working with our member companies to get input and drive consensus, help provide high-impact advocacy on critical U.S. federal, state, and local regulatory and policy issues.

At Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on a position.

To apply:
Please send your cover letter and resume to hr@autosinnovate.org.