The manager of government affairs coordinates the government affairs activities of the organization. This position responds to the needs of the membership, including advocating public policy positions, monitoring regulatory and legislative activities, and working with the deputy executive director to align and coordinate regulatory, policy, and legislative positions as the Alliance strives to implement the organizations strategic initiatives.
Essential Job Functions
The following list of duties is not exhaustive. CVSA may also outline additional responsibilities that are not included in this job description.
Responsible for monitoring legislative and regulatory activities on issues related to commercial motor vehicle safety and enforcement
Responsible for communicating CVSA policy positions to Congress, and maintaining personal contact with Congressional offices
Responsible for arranging meetings with appropriate legislative members or their staff
Responsible for developing and distributing periodic legislative and regulatory updates to the membership
Responsible for ensuring that CVSA provides testimony at public hearings on issues affecting commercial motor vehicle safety and enforcement, and coordinating with the Deputy Executive Director on development of oral and written testimony for hearings
Responsible for providing briefings and recommendations to leadership, committee chairs and CVSA program directors to facilitate management and decision making
Responsible for informing and advising leadership on current trends, problems, and activities to facilitate policymaking
Responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Responsible for supporting the CVSA Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee
Assist the Deputy Executive Director with the development and implementation of lobbying strategies, including the drafting of statements, letters and testimonies, and direct contact with legislators and regulators
Assist the Deputy Executive Director with drafting regulatory comments, petitions, and letters
Assist the Deputy Executive Director with coordinating legislative and regulatory actions of the Alliance, working with appropriate CVSA committees, the CVSA Executive Committee, and/or CVSA program directors
Assist the Deputy Executive Director with coordinating CVSA policy and government affairs activities in collaboration with CVSA committees, programs, task forces, and ad hoc committees
This position does not involve the direct or indirect management of other employees. This position may be responsible for selecting and overseeing external contractors and vendors who provide services related to government affairs.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience
1-3 years’ experience working in regulatory and legislative affairs
Experience in facilitating meetings and events with congressional staff/members and other key stakeholders and decision makers
Demonstrated strengths in policy development and political acumen
Experience facilitating meetings and events with congressional staff/members and other key stakeholders
Available for national and international travel
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge and understanding of federal executive and legislative protocols, policies, procedures, statutes, and regulations. Specific knowledge related to commercial motor vehicle and commercial motor carrier safety and enforcement is a preferred but not required
Knowledge and understanding of private sector regulatory issues and concerns
Ability to build consensus and cooperation among stakeholders with competing interests
Ability to plan, organize, and implement tasks to accomplish the objectives of each assigned project
Problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound, prudent decisions
Ability to meet deadlines of assigned deliverables
Ability to provide exceptional customer service to members and stakeholders
Ability to continuously demonstrate exceptional verbal, written, listening, and interpersonal skills
Ability to develop and maintain professional internal and external relationships
Strong organizational skills, superior attention to detail and self-motivation
Ability to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment
This position will be based at our headquarters office in Washington, DC and involves the routine use of standard office equipment such as computers and phones.
The position requires periodic work outside of normal business hours, as well as travel both during and outside of normal business hours.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to safely and successfully perform the essential functions of this job consistent with federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
Persons with mental and physical disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible for this position as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodations are made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible for this position.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The Alliance aims to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities and believes that collaboration between government and industry improves road safety and saves lives. Our mission is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and enforcement by providing guidance, education and advocacy for enforcement and industry across North America.