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American Public Transportation Association

 Senior Legislative Representative

BASIC FUNCTION:
The key responsibility of this job is to assist APTA in communicating the public transportation industry's positions on federal legislative issues to APTA members, outside interests, members of Congress, the executive branch and the public. Individual reports directly to the Senior Director-Government Affairs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limit­ed to the following:

  • Communicating in writing and through personal contacts, APTA positions on legislative issues to members of Congress and the executive branch, congressional committees and others;
  • Working in a team setting to develop and execute strategies to advance APTA’s legislative priorities;
  • Preparing speeches to assist APTA officers and executive staff in communicating the public transportation industry’s views on federal legislative and government relations issues;
  • Preparing statements on matters of interest to the public transportation industry, primarily on government affairs issues;
  • Planning and execution of related programs directed at building public awareness and support for public trans­portation and support for APTA policies;
  • Contribute to and oversee preparation of Congressional testimony on topics of interest to the public transportation industry;
  • Attending meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and interpreting these events for the APTA membership through written and oral communication;
  • Representing APTA at industry coalition meetings and state transit association meetings, as well as similar events and activities, as required; and
  • Planning, management, and implementation of the Annual Legislative Conference, including program planning and development, preparation of materials, selection of speakers, and on-site support.

MEASURES OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
  1. Extent to which assignments are carried out in a timely and comprehensive manner;
  2. Extent to which written work products (speeches, news releases, testimony, letters, etc.) are accurate, timely and effectively prepared;
  3. Extent to which APTA’s members are informed on relevant legislative issues; and
  4. Extent to which APTA’s legislative goals on relevant issues are realized.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree, preferably a graduate degree in transportation, public policy, public administration, law or related field with minimum four years work experience with programs related to public policy, preferably in federal government affairs or as congressional staff. Strong understanding of federal legislative process including transportation authorization, budget, and appropriations issues. Familiarity with federal transportation policies and programs as well as major issues and priorities in public transportation. Must have strong communications skills, both oral and written.
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