American Apparel & Footwear Association, AAFA

Job Description

Position Title: VP, Trade and Customs Policy
Supervisor: Senior Vice President, Policy
Classification: Exempt
Department: Government Relations

Basic Function
The primary objective of this position is to serve as the association’s chief advocate on matters of trade and customs policy. The Vice President, Trade and Customs Policy is the liaison to the 500 plus member Government Relations (GR) Committee and the 380 plus member Customs Group. The Vice President, Trade and Customs Policy serves as the principal issue manager for issues under the purview of these groups.

Specific Responsibilities
• Serve as issue manager for all trade and customs issues:
o Advocate on trade and customs issues before Congress, Executive Branch, independent agencies, and other entities.
o Initiate and manage all GR-related communications with the Government Relations Committee and the Customs Group.
o Develop, make, and implement recommendations on policy positions to C-level Board and other AAFA members.
o Organize semi-annual meetings and monthly conference calls for the Government Relations Committee, organize calls as need for the Customs Group.
o Develop legislative and regulatory strategies, including national and international level campaigns to achieve AAFA objectives.
o Supervise outside consultants hired to support advocacy and information gathering efforts.
o Design, create, and implement member-facing tools.
o Represent AAFA in speeches, member meetings, media interviews, and video appearances.
o Write op-eds and articles to be published in national or social media.
o Conceive of and supervise task forces developed to advance member interests in issues.
o Supervise allocation of staff and resources, drawn from all departments across the enterprise, on issue.
o Supervise AAFA staff deployed to work on Strategic Plan elements under purview.
• Respond to detailed inquiries from AAFA member companies and ensure timely and accurate response.
• Monitor trade and customs legislative and regulatory issues affecting AAFA member companies through media and online research.
• Organize and/or assist in planning and execution of meetings and seminars organized by the association.
• Participate in lobbying activities associated with the GR team on all issues, as needed.
• Ensure adequate and timely preparation of any government relations team documents, including briefing books and reports.
• Design and manage budget under purview.

• BA/BS (Masters preferred)
• 5-7 years related policy experience working on or with Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent writing skills

To Apply: 

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