Director, Trade Facilitation Policy

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is seeking a Director of trade Facilitation Policy. This position works with member companies to develop NAM positions on export controls, defense trade, export financing, customs and border issues, sanctions and manufacturing competitiveness. The Director coordinates with other associations on these issues as part of a broad advocacy to advance reforms with U.S. agencies responsible for export controls, trade finance and customs matters, the White House, Congress and media. Performs other duties that support the department’s goals on international trade.

Join the NAM and Make an Impact in the Following Ways:
• Identifies export control, trade financing, customs, sanctions and related issues affecting manufacturers in the United States and U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness
• Conducts policy analyses of issues to determine possible effect on NAM member companies.
• Analyzes related legislation and international agreements to determine their effect on NAM objectives.
• Works with NAM policy committees to formulate positions on export control, trade finance, customs, sanctions and related issues, particularly the NAM's International Investment, Financing and Export Control Committee and related task forces.
• Provides staff support for this policy structure, and works with the policy structure to frame positions and construct advocacy campaigns.
• Oversees communications with issue-specific working groups and broader membership to advance NAM goals.
• Organizes dialogues with Administration officials, Members of Congress and key staff, association partners and members on key issues and prepares advocacy communication, such as fact sheets, talking points and analysis, that support NAM policy and objectives in these areas.
• Drafts Congressional testimony and NAM statements for the record on export control and other trade facilitation issues when opportunities arise.
• Responds to requests for comments from U.S. agencies, with a view to making government actions more compatible with NAM and coalition objectives.
• Where needed, formulates and implements advocacy campaigns to obtain passage of specific legislation and international agreements affecting these issues, as well as to obtain executive branch action to implement related policies and measures in a manner benefiting manufacturers in the United States.
• Advances campaigns and policy initiatives through direct action, including direct contact with congressional and administration officials, as well as with NAM member companies and other associations and industry group, working closely with other NAM divisions.
• Builds coalitions of other industry groups and companies as part of policy advocacy campaigns. Manages and provides staff support for coalitions as appropriate.
• Responds to member company requests, questions and concerns; assists field and national division staff with member requests regarding export controls.
• Works across the NAM to promote key goals with members, communications and public affairs mobilization.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.
• Approximately 7-10 years of association, executive branch and/or Hill experience.
• Advanced degree or legal training helpful but not required.
• Thorough understanding of the U.S. export controls system, U.S. customs rules and international trade rules and agreements relating to customs and trade facilitation issues.
• Knowledge of the trade policy and public policy processes; knowledge of customs practices a plus
• Excellent communications (both verbal and written) skills and strong organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.
• Current contacts on Capitol Hill and experience working with associations helpful.
• Ability to handle pressure in a deadline driven environment


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. By joining the NAM, you become part of a spirited and dynamic team that is driven to succeed. We recognize and reward our staff with competitive pay and annual performance based bonus programs. We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, SmarTrip, and a 401(k) Salary Deferral plan with employer match and contributions, vacation and sick leave, complimentary on-site gym access and healthy snacks in the break room. Become part of a fast paced team passionate about keeping the United States the world leader in manufacturing.

People. Passion. Progress.

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