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 members of Congress, the Executive Branch, coalition partners, and the public. This individual reports directly to the Senior Director, Government Affairs and Advocacy.


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, Congressional Committees, the Executive Branch, and others. The Legislative Representative will focus on outreach to staff for “rank-and-file” Members of Congress as well as the Administration;
  • Working in a team setting to develop and execute strategies to advance APTA’s legislative priorities;
  • Preparing statements and fact sheets on matters of interest to the public transportation industry, primarily on government affairs issues;
  • Supporting the execution of advocacy programs directed at building public awareness and support for public transportation and support for APTA policies;
  • Serving as a Staff Advisor to APTA Legislative Committees and Subcommittees;
  • Assisting in preparing Congressional testimony for hearings before House and Senate Committees on issues associated with the public transportation industry;
  • Preparing speeches to assist APTA officers and executive staff in communicating the public transportation industry’s views on federal legislative and government affairs issues;
  • 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; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Extent to which assignments are carried out in a timely and comprehensive manner;
  • Extent to which written work products (e.g., speeches, news releases, testimony, letters, and fact sheets) are accurate, timely, and effectively prepared;
  • Extent to which APTA’s legislative goals on relevant issues are realized.


The Legislative Representative will have two to four years of lobbying experience with a trade association, public transportation agency, corporation or consulting lobbying firm, or an equivalent level of experience as legislative staff in a congressional office or in the Executive Branch. A Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, or a similar field is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is considered a plus. Knowledge of federal transit and passenger rail policies and programs, major issues and priorities in public transportation, and the federal legislative process, including authorization and appropriations issues, is required. Strong written and oral communication skills are also required.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performance of duties requires the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


APTA values the safety of our employees and in support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or you must request an exemption from the APTA HR Office. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working for APTA.

Persons interested in applying for this position should submit their cover letter and resume to the Vice President-Human Resources & Administration via email at

APTA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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