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American Public Transportation Association

 Sr. Director, Government Affairs


The individual in this position reports to the Vice President-Government Affairs. This is a senior management position with responsibility for carrying out APTA's legislative program on behalf of the public transportation industry.


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

  • Maintains and supervises liaison on behalf of APTA with key Committees of the Senate and House including budget, appropriations, authorization, tax, homeland security, energy, environmental, labor, etc.;
  • Maintains and supervises liaison on behalf of APTA with respect to legislative matters with Executive Branch departments and agencies including the White House, OMB, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, etc.;
  • Manages and supervises the relationship of APTA with respect to legislative issues with organizations that share legislative interests with the transit industry including organized labor, National Association of Counties, Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, National Association of Regional Counsels, National Governors Association, AASHTO, highway groups, business and environmental groups, etc.;
  • Manages and supervises the relationship of APTA with the Washington Area Transit Industry Representatives (WATIR) Task Force, comprised of Washington, D.C. representatives of APTA member organizations and other public interest groups. Organizing WATIR Task Force meetings, preparing agenda and legislative briefing materials, and inviting guest speakers in coordination with WATIR Chair;
  • Manages and supervises Government Affairs staff, including Senior Legislative Representative, Legislative Representative, Legislative Analyst, and Government Affairs Coordinator. Coordinates with Policy and Communications Department staff on government affairs-related policy and communications. Develop material required for Legislative Committee deliberations and other communications to APTA membership, Congress, and the Administration. Also manages budget for Government Relations staff and activities;
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of Congressional testimony submitted by APTA;
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of legislative reports, memoranda, and analysis to keep APTA members and staff up to date on legislative issues and to assist APTA Committees in developing appropriate legislative policy;
  • Develops and supervises the development of effective strategies to influence legislation of interest to the transit industry in accordance with legislative policies developed by APTA members through the Legislative Committee, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors;
  • Plans and conducts APTA's Legislative Conference, coordinating where necessary with the other APTA departments;
  • Serves as staff advisor to the APTA Legislative Committee, its various Subcommittees, and other APTA standing Committees as appropriate. Responsibilities include organizing and conducting Committee meetings under the direction of the Legislative Committee Chair and Vice Chair, and the Vice President – Government Affairs. Works with Chair to prepare agenda and briefing materials for committee members, maintains meeting minutes, and advises on submission of legislative policy recommendations to the APTA Executive Committee for review and action; and
  • In conjunction with the VP-Government Affairs, oversees and manages the day-to-day liaison with APTA's legislative consultants.


  • Extent to which key Congressional Committees, Executive Branch departments and agencies, APTA members, public interest groups, and other organizations are aware of APTA's legislative policies and positions;
  • Extent to which testimony, legislative reports, memoranda, and analysis effectively support APTA's legislative program and the development of legislative policy;
  • Extent to which the legislative policy development process is managed in a way that maintains the confidence of APTA members;
  • Extent to which strategies for influencing legislation are effectively executed; and
  • Extent to which staff and resources committed to the government affairs area are efficiently and effectively managed.



Individual executes the association’s legislative program on behalf of the transit industry. Position also manages APTA’s Legislative Committee and intergovernmental relations program. Successful candidate must have a Bachelors degree with 10 or more years of experience in government affairs, public administration, public policy, or related fields. Knowledge of the federal surface transportation programs a plus. Should have strong organizational, management and interpersonal skills with knowledge of legislative, regulatory and political processes. Previous experience with association policy development a plus.

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