Director, Government Affairs


The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for maintaining a deep knowledge of the U.S. automobile industry in general and the American operations of international automakers in particular. He/she will have a strong background in public policy and be equipped to effectively promote open trade and investment policies, including workforce development programs, to advance the competitiveness of America’s auto manufacturing sector. The Director of Government Affairs will report to the President and CEO and work across all departments to help ensure the success of Autos Drive America by delivering results for our members.

The ideal candidate will have background knowledge of trade, customs and global supply chains, demonstrated ability to work successfully on a bipartisan basis, and excellent written and oral communication skills.


Position Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility is to oversee the substantive policy portfolio for Autos Drive America. This includes developing and supporting the Association’s strategies on a wide variety of legislative and regulatory matters concerning trade and competitiveness perspectives that impact U.S. auto manufacturing and serving as a policy resource for Association and member company staff.
  • Become a subject matter expert for international automobile manufacturers on U.S. trade and investment policies, international tax provisions, bilateral and multi-lateral trade agreements, automotive customs issues, global supply chains, and workforce development matters, as well as be an advocate on these matters with policymakers in Congress, the Executive Branch, and at the state level.
  • Contribute to the overall management and administration of the Association, as well as to the development and implementation of the Association’s strategic plan, initiatives, advocacy efforts, and external messaging priorities.
  • Assist in the management of key committees and Best Practice Groups, organize regular meetings, keep member companies up to date on important developments, and solicit input and feedback.
  • Represent and interface with member companies, outside groups, coalitions, and consultants on policy matters.
  • Develop and submit comments on relevant Federal Register notices and rulemakings.
  • Prepare congressional hearing testimony, letters to Congress and the Executive Branch, and responses to congressional inquiries that impact international automakers.
  • Analyze legislative proposals and draft legislative language or responses for consideration by policymakers.


Skills and Attributes:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to provide strategic advocacy support to key internal and external audiences.
  • Strong results-oriented attitude with the ability to effectively work both collaboratively with the team and independently.
  • Strong initiative and ability to work proactively with minimum supervision. Excellent time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once.
  • Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others.


Education & Experience:

Four (4) year college degree required. Minimum eight (8) years of relevant, professional work. Background knowledge of trade and customs policy, the auto industry, and/or manufacturing preferred.


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About the Association:


Autos Drive America is a Washington, D.C. based trade association representing the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers. Our members currently build nearly half of all vehicles made in the U.S. With investments valued at more than $107 billion that support 2.3 million American jobs overall, these companies bring significant benefits to communities across the country. Autos Drive America’s mission is to educate policymakers and other stakeholders about the value of global trade and investment to American jobs and the economy, as well as to main street America. Consistent with this mission, we work to promote policies that expand trade, reduce trade barriers, and ensure a level playing field for all U.S. auto manufacturers.


Autos Drive America offers competitive benefits – 401(k), health, dental and vision, paid time off, holiday leave, professional development opportunities, and more.


Autos Drive America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Autos Drive America does not discriminate in hiring or any other personnel action on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical and/or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, credit history, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable laws.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, and/or remove duties, and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.