Director / Senior Director, Safety

Position:            Director / Senior Director, Safety
Supervisor:       Vice President, Safety & Technology Policy
Status:               Full Time
FLSA:                 Exempt
Location:           Washington, DC


Reporting to the Vice President of Safety and Technology Policy and serving as an integral member of a safety and technology policy team, the Director of Safety will be responsible for the development and execution of association strategy for key automotive technical and regulatory safety policy matters. 

Key functions include development and execution of association strategies on safety policy,  obtaining and disseminating information regarding significant safety developments with other safety stakeholders including government and NGOs, identification of emerging safety issues, generation of association responses to comment requests and safety legislation, generation of safety research needed to support association positions, management of technical work groups, and promotion of member interests.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proactively identify and engage on safety policy topics on behalf of the association.

  • Lead and manage the development of policy positioning and engagement strategies on key safety policy topics.

  • Oversee working groups on a variety of safety topics which may include crash avoidance technologies, electric vehicle safety, early warning reporting, advanced vehicle lighting, vehicle noise, driver distraction, and crash reporting.

  • Engage regularly and constructively with the U.S. Department of Transportation on vehicle safety policy matters.

  • Develop regulatory comments, testimony, talking points, speeches, and presentations on safety policy matters.

  • Identify and pursue opportunities to reduce roadway deaths automotive and non-automotive solutions that conform to Member needs, abilities, and wants.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with federal, state, and advocacy colleagues to advance the association’s safety priorities.


  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in automotive safety or related policy area.

  • Prior experience in a regulatory agency, trade association, or company is preferred.

  • Familiarity with federal rulemaking, especially at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Advanced degree in Engineering or similar technical degree a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing comprehensive regulatory initiatives to advance an organization's mission and goals.

  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.

  • Experience in integrating and leveraging technical, communications, and related resources in planning and executing efforts to advance policy priorities.

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to influence and engage peers.

  • Self-reliant, good problem solver and results oriented.

  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.

  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team member who can positively and productively impact the association’s strategic and tactical goals.

  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with colleagues, senior management, staff, policymakers, and stakeholders.

  • Sense of humor, empathy, and kindness

  • Passion for Auto Innovators’ mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. 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.