The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 59,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Political Representative for our Tysons (McLean), Virginia office. The Political Representative is a critical component of the Government Affairs Department. They conceive, develop, implement, and coordinate the effective and efficient utilization of Government Affairs (GA) Department political resources to achieve Association goals, including long-term strategic planning and annual budgets; build relationships with political operatives, campaign committee leadership, federal decisionmakers, and other influencers across the political spectrum in Washington, DC; fundraise for and administer the multimillion-dollar ALPA-PAC; oversees compliance of ALPA-PAC with FEC regulations; plan and coordinate political advocacy of pilots across the country; develop and implement the program for vetting political candidates both on their positions and on their viability; lead coordination with labor leaders and industry groups to implement political events (to include ALPA’s Capitol Hill space); support the ALPA-PAC Steering Committee and MEC and LEC Government Affairs Committees; work with pilot leadership to develop written communications, videos, and other creative elements for pilot political awareness; educate pilot membership on ALPA’s political and legislative initiatives at pilot group and ALPA meetings; and, contribute to the development of Association-wide advocacy policies, positions, and strategic tactics on issues that affect the interests, livelihood, and future livelihood of commercial aviation pilots as ALPA continues to be the voice for professional airline pilots.
Travel: 50 %, usually within Washington, D.C.; may include some nights and weekends.
Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
· Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g., Political Science, Economics, History or other related field, required, master’s degree or completion of post-graduate courses in related field preferred, from an accredited college or university; or, the equivalent combination of education and experience. At management discretion, significant directly applicable experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots.
· Federal campaign and fundraising experience required.
· Congressional/Hill experience preferred.
· Five (5) years of related experience required, seven or more strongly preferred. Three years prior or related experience in political fundraising required, four or more years preferred.
· Broad understanding of federal policy issues, high learning agility, and ability to operate in a dynamic, government relations environment.
· In-depth, demonstrable knowledge of Federal election campaign laws required. Federal Election Commission (FEC) compliance experience, especially with political action committees, is strongly preferred.
· Ability to motivate and lead others in carrying out communication programs to further Association, department, and pilot group goals.
· Ability to speak publicly to staff and members and to train others to do the same.
· Ability to generate creative and statistical content for use across pilot groups.
· Must be a self-starter with sound judgment, capable of independent decision-making.
· Must possess excellent time management skills; be able to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; and, transition easily between projects.
· Strong project-management and organizational skills.
· Knowledge of labor union policy and structure preferred.
· Software: Cision (or other PAC software), Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Quorum (or other government affairs tracking software), and SharePoint.
Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.
Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet. Regularly required to maintain a stationary position, move about the office and the local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information.
Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and travel (locally, nationally, and internationally). Also includes occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases.
Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.). While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)
Valid through: 4/22/2021