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.
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
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
7) Attending meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and
interpreting these events for APTA members through written and oral
8) Representing APTA at industry coalition meetings and state transit
association meetings, as well as similar events and activities, as required;
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
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;
4) Extent to which APTA’s legislative goals on relevant issues are realized.
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.