Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Position Description

Position: Director of Public Affairs
Supervisor: Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Department: Communications and Public Affairs


The Director of Public Affairs will serve as a key strategist and advisor on specific public policy issues in the areas of automotive environment, distribution and safety and will be responsible for communicating industry positions through a range of methods, both at the state and federal level.


•Serves as public policy issue coordinator responsible for monitoring opinion research, coordinating with technical committees, building a consensus for action, conducting media relations and involving diverse stakeholders where appropriate.
•Develops and implements communications plans, including developing strategies and managing the implementation of issue communications, including news releases, brochures, opinion editorials, video scripts, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, advertisements, educational tools and Internet communications.
•Serves as a reliable source of information and spokesperson for traditional media, industry trade press and bloggers.
•Develops productive relationships with allies, including dealers, suppliers, and sister organizations, to share information, positions and data.
•Supports coalitions on transportation and energy issues through communications outreach.
•Manages multiple vendors to produce advertisements, brochures, information kits and other materials.


•Proven ability to track and manage fast-moving public policy issues at the state level and develop public positions for an organization or coalition.
•Superior verbal and written communications skills.
•Experience as media spokesperson, as demonstrated through placements.
•Good interpersonal skills and leadership qualities to develop and maintain consensus among coalition members on communications matters.
•Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
•Experience directing public relations firms and other vendors, including managing budgets to obtain measurable results.
•Familiarity with the Internet, including various web models/platforms for information dissemination, user-generated content, policy blogs, advertising geo-targeting and collective intelligence approaches.
•Knowledge of current best practices in public affairs and communications.
•Ability to work as a team in Communications Department as well as other areas of the association and industry.
•Self starter; results-oriented approach.


•Bachelor’s Degree minimum.
•10 years experience in the communications arena.
•Previous experience in state legislative policy development, a trade association or manufacturing is desirable.

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