Position Summary: The Midcontinent Office manages the advocacy work of AWO members in the Midwest and the Ohio Valley regions. The St. Louis-based manager oversees the Midcontinent’s two regions and is responsible for local, state and federal government advocacy; member relationships; and supports the regional safety programs.
Dedicate time to members and the regions’ Board members through verbal and written communications and on-site visits.
Ensure AWO members have access to information of importance to the industry.
Manage industry engagement and regional initiatives that broadly affect AWO members; work in collaboration with waterway stakeholders to ensure the integrity of commercial navigation.
Lobby federal, state and local legislatures and regulatory agencies on industry-related issues impacting the interests of association members.
Work with key federal, state and local government officials to strengthen partnerships,
Proactively manage legislative/regulatory proposals to ensure positive outcomes for the industry.
Manage AWO’s grassroots advocacy program in the Midcontinent states.
Plan, execute, and refine regional meetings, Coast Guard Sector Luncheons, Congressional Towboat Tours, grassroots visits, state and local outreach, issue forums and other opportunities for member engagement.
Engage the Government Affairs Associates on issue research, to draft comments to federal, state and local agencies, articles for the AWO Newsletter, testimony for local, state and federal agencies/legislative bodies, letters to members of Congress and other work to prepare for advocacy actions.
Provide leadership to the Midcontinent Regional Quality Steering Committee of the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership to develop non-regulatory solutions to safety, security, and environmental issues.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Effective time manager and self-starter, especially in situations of competing priorities.
Skilled relationship-builder, including effectiveness in politically sensitive situations.
Five plus years managing multiple issues, multiple stakeholder programs.
Ability to travel at least 50% of the time.
Ability to complete administrative tasks while traveling.
Knowledge of the domestic maritime industry is helpful.
Ability to plainly convey complex and or unfamiliar concepts.
About The American Waterways Operators
The American Waterways Operators is the national advocate for the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, which serves the nation as the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most economical mode of freight transportation. AWO members operate on the rivers, coasts, Great Lakes, and harbors of the United States, moving vital commodities safely, reducing air emissions, water pollution, and highway congestion, protecting homeland security, and providing family-wage jobs for tens of thousands of Americans. AWO promotes the long term economic soundness of the industry and works to enhance its ability to provide safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation.