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American Public Transportation Association

 Sr. Legislative Representative

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) seeks an individual to assist APTA in developing and communicating the public transportation industry's positions on federal legislative issues to APTA members, Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, other organizations, and the public.

BASIC FUNCTION:

The key responsibility of this job is to assist APTA in developing and communicating the public transportation industry's positions on federal legislative issues to APTA members, Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, other organizations, 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:

1) Communicating in writing and through personal contacts, APTA positions on legislative issues to Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, and others;

2) Working in a team setting to develop and execute strategies to advance APTA’s legislative priorities;

3) Preparing speeches to assist APTA officers and executive staff in communicating the public transportation industry’s views on federal legislative and government relations issues;

4) Preparing statements on matters of interest to the public transportation industry, primarily on government affairs issues;

5) Planning and executing related programs directed at building public awareness and support for public trans­portation and support for APTA policies;

6) Preparing Congressional testimony on topics of interest to the public transportation industry;

7) Attending meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and interpreting these events for APTA members through written and oral communication;

8) Representing APTA at industry coalition meetings and state transit association meetings, as well as similar events and activities, as required; and

9) 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:

Senior Legislative Representative will have a minimum of four years of experience in a legislative staff position in Congress or a government affairs position in the Executive Branch or with a trade association, public transit agency, corporation or consulting lobbying firm. A bachelor’s degree is required. A law degree or master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or similar 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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