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American Public Transportation Association

 Legislative Representative

BASIC FUNCTION:
The key responsibility of this job is to assist APTA in communicating the public transit 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;
  • Supporting the Senior Director and Senior Legislative Representatives in the execution of related programs directed at building public awareness and support for public trans¬portation and support for APTA policies;
  • Assisting, when appropriate, in preparing Congressional testimony on topics of interest to the public transit industry;
  • Attending meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and interpreting these events for the APTA membership through written and oral communication;
  • Assisting in planning, managing, and carrying out 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:
Legislative Representative will have a minimum of two years of lobbying experience with a trade association, public transit agency, corporation or consulting firm, or an equivalent level of experience in a legislative staff position in a congressional office. A Bachelor's degree in Transportation, Public Policy, Public Administration or similar field is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is considered a plus. Knowledge of federal transit policies and programs, major issues and priorities in public transportation, and the federal legislative process, including authorization and appropriations issues, is required. Strong writing and communications skills are also required.​
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