Federal Affairs: Director, Security

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for managing the American Chemistry Council (ACC)’s site security, safety, regulatory reform, infrastructure and workforce development portfolios, as well as serving as the liaison with labor management groups and overseeing our Chemical Industry Labor-Management Committee. The position also shares responsibility for supporting ACC’s product panel groups and understanding their interests in active and proposed legislation. The position is further responsible for policy strategy as well as scheduling and facilitating meetings with legislators on behalf of assigned product panel groups and responding to regulatory inquiries and requests to testify at public hearings. The position collaborates with appropriate in-house ACC colleagues and reports directly to the Vice President, Federal Affairs.  

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acquires a working knowledge of ACC and the Federal Affairs Department’s issues and activities.
  • Prepares and implements advocacy strategies for ACC security and infrastructure portfolios, with significant focus on CFATS, cyber security, drone issues, maritime security and TWIC issues.
  • Focuses on infrastructure needs, including port security, highway and water infrastructure needs.
  • Provides guidance on labor issues and assists in management of the Chemical Industry Labor-Management Committee, as well as focuses on workforce development to address needs of a rapidly growing industry.
  • Assists in preparation and implementation of advocacy strategies for product panel group policies and positions, with a particular focus on EPA’s Risk Management Plan, CFATS reauthorization, OSHA’s PSM program, and other plant and worker safety issues.
  • Leads efforts on regulatory reform initiatives and develops strategy for achieving reform objectives.
  • Responds to ACC member and public inquiries, including providing substantive answers and materials, as needed.
  • Lobbies members of Congress and their staff, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, OSHA, Department of Labor, and EPA.
  • Advocates policies favorable to assigned product panel groups and ACC, generally to members of legislature and other holders of public office, for purposes of persuading them to support or oppose legislation, as appropriate.
  • Studies proposed legislation to determine possible effect on chemical industry interests in issue areas.
  • Attends and represents ACC at state and national meetings, hearings, and conferences, as well as industry fundraisers and PAC events.
  • Plans and coordinates meetings between ACC members and elected officials to discuss legislative issues and proposals and to allow officials to respond to membership concerns.
  • Prepares issue summaries for internal and external clients, as needed.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

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Qualifications/Requirements:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, or related field.
  • 10 years’ advocacy or relevant experience. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to aggressively build and maintain strong relationships and advocate on behalf of applicable customer.
  • Ability to provide strategic counseling, develop plans, and execute supporting tactics.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with competing priorities and exercise sound judgment in evaluating such situations and issues.
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity and take initiative. 
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.

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Preferred:

  • Congressional staff or relevant agency experience.
  • Security and regulatory issues focus. 

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